Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Recruiting

The Fairfield Police Department is always seeking to recruit qualified, diverse candidates for employment with our agency. Law enforcement employment overall presents individuals with a great opportunity to serve their fellow citizens and help to keep our region safe. Policing in the Township of Fairfield gives individuals a unique opportunity to engage in various law enforcement activitiesI to include everything from community policing, traffic enforcement right up to operations conducted with various county, state and federal agencies. Interested individuals can always submit a resume for the position of probationary police officers. Resumes are kept on file in the office of the Chief of Police.

Individuals seeking information relative to the qualifications needed to become a Fairfield police officer can refer to the following information which is found in the Code of the Township of Fairfield:

Probationary Police Officer; Eligibility and Appointment.

a.     No person shall hereafter be appointed probationary Police Officer who is not eligible under the New Jersey Statutes.

b.     No person shall hereafter be appointed permanent Police Officer unless he is eligible for that appointment under the applicable laws of the State of New Jersey, and no sooner than twelve (12) months following the date of appointment by the Mayor and Council.

c.     No person shall be appointed a probationary Police Officer who is not a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of New Jersey.

d.     No person shall be appointed a probationary Police Officer who is unable to read, write, speak, and understand the English language well and intelligently.

e.     No person shall be appointed a probationary Police officer unless they possess a valid New Jersey State driver's license and a four (4) year college degree preferably in criminal justice from an accredited institution, or three (3) years of military service.

f.      No person shall be appointed a probationary Police Officer unless they successfully complete a medical examination including eyesight test of 20/20 vision or 20/30 vision correct. All candidates shall successfully pass a drug screening test as administered by the Township physician.

g.     No person shall be appointed a probationary Police Officer who is not of good moral character or who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

h.     Except as provided in subsection 2-11.2j, no one shall be appointed a probationary Police Officer who does not successfully complete the following process:

1.      Written Examination. All candidates must pass a comprehensive written examination with a minimum score of  eighty (80). The Governing Body shall determine the person(s) or organizations who shall be responsible for the preparation and administration of the written examination.

2.     Physical Agility Test. All candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be required to pass a physical agility test with a minimum score of eighty (80). The Governing Body shall determine the person(s) or organization who shall be responsible for the preparation and administration of the physical agility test.

3.     Oral Interview. Candidates who successfully pass both the written examination and physical agility test will be interviewed and scored. The Governing Body shall determine the person(s) or organization responsible for the preparation and administration of the oral interview.

4.     Medical Examination. All successful candidates considered for appointment shall submit to a medical examination by a licensed physician selected by the Governing Body. All candidates must meet health requirements set for eligibility into the Police and Fire Pension System.

5.     Background Investigation. All successful candidates being considered for appointment shall submit to a background investigation which shall be conducted by the Fairfield Police Department, or persons or organizations designated by the Governing Body. This investigation shall determine the suitability of the candidate to be a patrolman. A copy of the investigation shall be submitted to and retained by the Chief of Police.

6.     Psychological Evaluation. All successful candidates being considered for appointment shall submit to a psychological evaluation to determine the candidate's emotional fitness for the position by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist selected by the Governing Body. Copies of the evaluation shall be retained by the Chief of Police.

7.     Grading. Testing results shall be weighted as follows:

(a)     Written Examination             50%

(b)     Oral Interview                       50%

        The physical agility test, medical examination, background investigation and psychological evaluation shall be scored on a pass/fail basis.

8.     The resulting list of all qualified candidates, in scored rank order, will be provided to the Governing Body and will remain in effect for two (2) years from the date of the test, unless it is found necessary to conduct another test sooner than two (2) years.

i.      Appointment to the Police Department shall be by resolution of the Governing Body of the Township of Fairfield from the list of qualified candidates following interview(s) by the Governing Body with the candidate(s). Interviews of qualified candidates shall be conducted from a pool consisting of the highest ranked candidates numbering no less than two (2) times the number of positions to be filled. In the event that a candidate has previously been interviewed by the Governing Body such candidate(s) shall only be interviewed by the Governing Body again thereafter at the specific direction of the Governing Body.

j.      Lateral Hires of Fully Certified Police Officers. Notwithstanding other provisions contained in this chapter, in the event the Chief of Police recommends, and the Governing Body finds, that it would be in the best interest of the Township of Fairfield to waive the regular process and hire one (1) or more probationary Police Officers who are certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission as certified Police Officers in the State of New Jersey, the Governing Body may waive the requirements that such officers take the written examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,1 herein and the physical agility test set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,2 herein and the oral examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,3 herein and hire the probationary officer(s). However, prior to hiring a probationary officer in the circumstances, all candidates must first pass the medical examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,4 herein, the psychological evaluation set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,6 herein and be interviewed as set forth in subsection 2-11.2,I herein.

k.     Alternate Route and SLEO II Candidates Having Less than Full Certification. Notwithstanding other provisions contained in this chapter, in the event the Chief of Police recommends, and the Governing Body finds, that it would be in the best interest of the Township of Fairfield to waive the regular process and hire one (1) or more probationary Police Officers who are considered either an Alternate Route or SLEO II candidates partially certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission, the Governing Body may waive the requirements that such officers take the written examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,1 herein and the physical agility test set forth in subsection 2-11.2h, 2 herein and the oral examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,3 herein and hire the Probationary Officer(s). However, prior to hiring a Probationary Officer in the circumstances, all candidates must first pass the medical examination set forth in subsection 2-11.2h,4 herein and be interviewed as set forth in subsection 2-11.2,i herein. In addition, all such Alternate Route and SLEO II candidates must be eligible by law and will be required within one (1) year from their date of employment to obtain full certification from the New Jersey Police Training Commission at their own cost and expense.

The Mayor and Council may waive the Written Examination and Physical Agility Examination portion of the screening process. Successful candidates will then be hired and appointed to the position of Probationary Police Officer.

Salary (Annual) Based Upon 2012-14 Contract

  • 1st Year (Police Officer) $ 31,836
  • 11th year (Police Officer) $ 97,055
  • Police Officers are eligible for promotion to Sergeant after 5 years of continuous service.
  • Officers are considered for other assignments after 3 years of continuous service.

Retirement

Police Officers are part of the New Jersey Police & Fire Pension System and are currently eligible for retirement with full medical benefits  after 25 years of service at 60% of their last year's salary (Note: To receive full medical benfits, at least 20 of the 25 years of service must be with the Fairfield Police Department). Officers continuing service beyond 25 years receive an additional 1% annually to a maximum of 65% upon retirement.

Benefits

  • Police Officers receive 80 hours of vacation after the first year of service increasing at a rate of 8 hours per year to a maximum of 200 hours annually
  • Officers can earn additional incentive vacation time monthly if no sick time is used
  • Medical, Dental and Prescription Plans
  • All initial issue uniforms and equipment provided by the Police Department
  • Annual uniform maintenance and clothing allowance

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