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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
 
 
  1. When will examination results from the 2016 LEE announcement expire?
  2. When is the 2019 LEE announcement expected to be posted?
  3. How much will it cost to file an application for the LEE announcement?
  4. What titles will be included in the 2019 LEE announcement?
  5. Where can I find more information about each of the titles included in the LEE announcement?
  6. What titles will NOT be included in the 2019 LEE announcement?
  7. Will scores from any previous examination be carried over to the 2019 LEE announcement?
  8. What examination will candidates take?
  9. How can I prepare for the examination?
  10. When will the examination be held?
  11. Once I'm scheduled, may I change my test date, time or location?
  12. If I am not available to take the examination on the scheduled test date, will I be allowed to take a make-up examination?
  13. Will I have an opportunity to review the exam and/or my answer choices after the examination is held?
  14. What is my Applicant ID number?
  15. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
  16. If I pass the examination, will I be notified of my rank on the list?
  17. How can I get veteran's preference?
  18. Do veterans get extra points?
  19. Do children of deceased Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty receive preference?
  20. What is a certification?
  21. Does being certified mean I'll be interviewed and/or appointed?
  22. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
  23. Who does the actual hiring?
  24. What about tied scores?
  25. How do I notify the CSC about a change in my name, mailing address, or email address?
  26. Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

  1. When will examination results from the 2016 LEE announcement expire?
    The eligible pool resulting from the 2016 LEE announcement will expire when the new pool from the 2019 LEE announcement becomes active.

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  2. When is the 2019 LEE announcement expected to be posted?
    The tentative date to announce the 2019 entry-level Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) is July 1, 2019. Please check our website for the announcement. Applications will only be accepted through our Online Application System. The last date to submit an application will be August 31, 2019.

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  3. How much will it cost to file an application for the LEE announcement?
    A $50 application processing fee is required for this announcement whether you check one or all title areas on your application. For fee exemptions, please see the LEE announcement and application for more information.

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  4. What titles will be included in the 2019 LEE announcement?
    The following titles are expected to be included in the 2019 LEE announcement: Police Officer (Municipal), County Police Officer, Park Police Officer, Campus Police Officer Recruit, Police Officer Recruit Human Services, Police Officer Palisades Interstate Park, Sheriff's Officer, County Correction Officer, Correctional Police Officer (Department of Corrections), and Correctional Police Officer Juvenile Justice Commission. There are also bilingual variants for some of these titles, which will be noted in the announcement.

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  5. Where can I find more information about each of the titles included in the LEE announcement?
    To view a job specification for each title, click on the corresponding title below:

    Police Officer (Municipal)

    County Police Officer

    Park Police Officer

    Campus Police Officer Recruit

    Police Officer Recruit, Human Services

    Police Officer, Palisades Interstate Park

    Sheriff's Officer

    County Correction Officer

    Correctional Police Officer

    Correctional Police Officer, Juvenile Justice Commission

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  6. What titles will NOT be included in the 2019 LEE announcement?
    The titles of State Park Police Officer Trainee, County Park Ranger, and Juvenile Detention Officer (County) will NOT be included in the 2019 LEE announcement. Separate announcements for each of those titles will be issued and posted in the
    Job Announcement Section of this website when the need arises. In addition, the title of New Jersey State Trooper is not included, because it is announced and tested separately by the N.J. Department of Law and Public Safety

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  7. Will scores from any previous examination be carried over to the 2019 LEE announcement?
    Scores from ANY previous examination will NOT be carried over to this announcement.  Anyone wishing to receive a score and be part of the 2019 LEE eligible pool MUST apply for this announcement, pay the related fee, and take and pass the examination scheduled for Fall 2019.

     

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  8. What examination will candidates take?
    In addition to the 2019 LEE announcement, separate announcements for the following four titles were issued on June 1, 2019: Parole Officer Recruit (S1000A), Parole Officer Recruit Bilingual in Spanish and English (S1001A), Parole Officer Recruit Juvenile Justice Commission (S1002A) and Parole Officer Recruit Juvenile Justice Commission Bilingual in Spanish and English (S1003A). The LEE examination will be used to test candidates who have applied for any of these Parole announcements and/or the LEE announcement. Because the same examination is used, candidates will only have one opportunity to take the examination, regardless of the number of symbols for which they apply, and their score achieved on the examination will be applied to all these symbols for which they have applied.

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  9. How can I prepare for the examination?
    There are two informational guides that will help candidates prepare to take the examination: The LEE Administration Guide and the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) Assessment Preparation Guide. The 2019 LEE Administration Guide is provided by the CSC to explain the testing process and how the examination will be administered. It will be posted on our website at
    https://www.nj.gov/csc/seekers/jobs/orientation/ on the day the LEE announcement is posted (July 1, 2019). The Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) Assessment Preparation Guide contains information about the examination itself and how it is scored, as well as provides preparation strategies and sample examination questions. Candidates will be emailed information on how to access this guide no earlier than September 2019. The email will contain a weblink and an access code to view the guide.

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  10. When will the examination be held?
    The tentative timeframe to hold the examination is Fall 2019.

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  11. Once I'm scheduled, may I change my test date, time or location?
    No. Candidates admitted to the examination will be emailed information on how to go online and select the test date, time, and location, from a list of available options, on a first-come, first-served basis. No changes can be made.

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  12. If I am not available to take the examination on the scheduled test date, will I be allowed to take a make-up examination?
    According to the New Jersey Administrative Code 4A:4-2.9(a), make-up examinations for public safety open competitive examinations may only be authorized for the following reasons:

    1. Error by the Civil Service Commission or Appointing Authority;
    2. Serious illness or disability of the candidate on the test date, provided the candidate submits a doctor’s certificate specifying that the candidate was not able to take the test on that day for medical reasons;
    3. Documented serious illness or death in the candidate’s immediate family;
    4. Natural disaster;
    5. Prior vacation or travel plans outside of New Jersey or any contiguous state, which cannot be reasonably changed, as evidenced by a sworn statement and relevant documentation;
    6. When required for certain persons returning from military service (see N.J.A.C. 4A:4-4.6A); and
    7. Other valid reasons, as determined by the CSC.

     

    MAKE-UP REQUESTS, WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE TEST NOTICE. However, in situations involving an illness, death, or natural disaster that occurs on or immediately before the test date, a request for make-up must be made in writing no later than five days after the test date. All make-up requests based on medical grounds must include a New Jersey Civil Service Commission Medical Authorization Form for Make-up Examinations (DPF-728). This form can also be obtained by contacting the CSC's Information Center at (609) 292-4144. Requests for make-up examinations should be mailed to: Public Safety Make-Up Unit, Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 310, Trenton NJ 08625-0310.

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  13. Will I have an opportunity to review the exam and/or my answer choices after the examination is held?
    No; to protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.

     

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  14. What is my Applicant ID number?
    In accordance with N.J.S.A. 11A:4-1, all job applicants are requested to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) on applications to establish a unique means of identifying all of their records throughout the selection and appointment processes. Providing your SSN is voluntary. If you do not provide your SSN, another unique identification number will be assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this examination, and you must use this number when filling out your answer sheet at the test center so that your test results can be matched to your candidate record. However, in order to receive New Jersey Civil Service Commission Veteran’s Preference, you must provide your SSN.

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  15. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
    Yes, for all titles within the LEE announcement, there is a minimum hiring age. Candidates need to be at least 18 years of age on or before the Closing Date shown on the examination announcement. The only title in the LEE announcement that has a maximum hiring age is Municipal Police Officer. Applicants over age 35 as of the closing date of the announcement are not eligible for Municipal Police Officer positions, with certain exceptions. (An applicant is considered to be over 35 the day of his/her 35th birthday.) By law, applicants may reduce their age by deducting the following: (1) the amount of their military service time that falls within the location and time limit criteria for New Jersey veteran’s preference and/or (2) the amount of time previously served in certain law enforcement titles. To qualify for this second provision, separation from prior service must have been for reasons other than removal for cause on charges of misconduct or delinquency.

    Click here for the Municipal Police Maximum Hiring Age Information Sheet 

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  16. If I pass the examination, will I be notified of my rank on the list?
    For most titles contained in the LEE announcement, such as Municipal Police Officer, candidates are not placed on a ranked list at the time that examination results are issued.  Candidates who pass the examination are said to be in an "eligible pool" and names will be selected from the pool at the time of certification (i.e., once an Appointing Authority tells the CSC that it has a hiring need and requests a list of names to be certified).  Since candidates are in an eligible pool, the notification card that is mailed out letting them know if they passed the examination, and if so, what their score is, will not include a rank.  Candidates have no rank until a particular jurisdiction requests a certification for a particular job title, for which they are eligible, and their name is included on that certification.

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  17. How can I get veteran's preference?
    You will need to meet the veteran’s preference requirements of the N.J. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMVA) in order to claim veteran’s preference for any examination. If you do meet those requirements, you should claim veteran’s preference on the application form and submit the required proof to be awarded the preference for the LEE examination and all future CSC examinations. If you do not submit the required documentation, you will not be able to claim veteran’s status for this announcement.

    A completed Civil Service Veteran’s preference claim form (available by clicking https://www.nj.gov/csc/seekers/veterans/pdf/njdmava_form_05A-1.pdf), along with the required documentation, must be submitted directly to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. You may visit NJDMVA's website or contact them at 1-888-865-8387 to obtain a Civil Service Veteran’s Preference Claim Form or for more information.

    You don't have to wait for an examination to be announced to file for veteran’s preference. We encourage you to do it as soon as possible to ensure that your paperwork is processed on time for this examination. Preference must be established no later than 8 days prior to list issuance, and once established, is good for life. Additional information regarding New Jersey Veteran’s Preference can be found at https://www.nj.gov/csc/seekers/veterans/.

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  18. Do veterans get extra points?
    No extra points are given to veterans. However, eligibles with disabled veteran or veteran status are grouped at the top of the certification list by their veteran status and then by their final averages. Disabled veterans are placed above veterans who, in turn, are placed ahead of non-veterans.

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  19. Do children of deceased Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty receive preference?
    Yes, children of a deceased law enforcement officer, who was killed in the line of duty, receive preference in appointment second to that accorded to veterans pursuant to current law, but superseding that accorded to non-veterans. All duly qualified applicants whose natural or adoptive parent was killed in the lawful discharge of official duties while serving as a law enforcement officer in any law enforcement agency in the State at any time prior to the closing date for the filing of an application, provided that required documentation is submitted with the application by the closing date, shall be accorded this preference. This paragraph shall not, however, be applicable if the municipality has entered into a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice concerning the hiring practices of the municipality.

    When a veteran and a non-veteran whose parent was killed in the lawful discharge of official duties while serving as a law enforcement officer in any law enforcement agency in the State are duly qualified applicants for a position, first preference shall be given to the veteran.

    To receive this preference, children of a deceased law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty are required to provide documentation which includes (1) the parent’s name, (2) parent’s date of death, (3) the address of the parent’s Police Department at the time of death, (4) a letter from the Police Department confirming the parent was killed in the line of duty, and (5) proof of relationship to the police officer.  When submitting this documentation, please include your application confirmation number.  The documentation can be submitted through one of the following methods:

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  20. What is a certification?
    It is a list of names selected from the eligible pool that the CSC provides to an Appointing Authority (AA) for a specific jurisdiction or agency to use for their hiring process. The certification lists candidates who pass the examination and ranks them based on their score in the following order: disabled veterans (ranked by score), veterans (ranked by score), and non-veterans (ranked by score).  There is no hiring list or rank for the LEE announcement until a certification is requested by the AA for a hiring agency and the certification list is issued by the CSC.

    If your name is certified to an Appointing Authority, a certification notice will be sent to the mailing address or email address that is associated with your Online Application System account that was used to apply for the announcement. This is why you MUST notify the CSC if your mailing address and/or email address changes from the one you entered on your application.

    If you receive a certification notice, you will be given five business days from the notice date to respond in writing to the AA that you are interested, or not interested, in the job. If you do not respond within this timeframe, your name will be removed from the certification and you will no longer be considered for appointment.

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  21. Does being certified mean I'll be interviewed and/or appointed?
    No. It means you MAY be interviewed and/or considered for appointment if you are reachable on the certification list.

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  22. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
    The selection process is described below:

    1. The Appointing Authority (AA) conducts background investigations for eligible candidates who indicate interest in being appointed. These investigations may include reports from their criminal, employment, and driving records. The AA will usually disqualify anyone with negative reports. In accordance with N.J.A.C. 4A:4-6, any false statement of any material fact (including educational and employment record) or any deception or fraud in any part of the selection or appointment process will be grounds for disqualification and possible legal action.
    2. Not all eligibles who pass the background investigation are offered the currently available jobs. Disabled veterans and veterans have absolute preference and must be appointed first. Where there are no disabled veterans or veterans, the "rule of three" applies. This means that the AA may select any one of the first three non-veterans for each appointment they make.
    3. The AA will schedule medical and psychological examinations for those candidates who are selected.
    4. Candidates must pass both the medical and psychological examinations to be appointed.
    5. The AA will forward the completed certification with supporting documentation to the CSC, where it will be reviewed for compliance to the rules and regulations.

    The selection process often takes six months or more because it is so involved, so please be patient. 

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  23. Who does the actual hiring?
    Each jurisdiction or agency has its own Appointing Authority (AA) for the selection process. The CSC reviews the AA's documentation for each certification to ensure compliance with related rules and regulations. The CSC is not the Appointing Authority for entry-level law enforcement titles.

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  24. What about tied scores?
    The CSC does not break tied scores. Candidates who have the same final average and veteran status have equal ranking on a certification. For example, if there are 20 people on the certification with the same final average and they're all non-veterans, they will be listed in alphabetical order by their last names, but they all have the same rank on that certification. If one of them is reachable for an appointment, all are reachable and the Appointing Authority may hire any one of them.

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  25. How do I notify the CSC about a change in my name, mailing address, or email address?
    You must immediately notify the CSC in writing if you change your name, mailing address, or email address, or if it is listed incorrectly on a notice that you receive from the CSC. For security reasons, changes cannot be made from telephone calls. To ensure that your records are updated correctly, please include the following in your request for change:

    1. Your name;
    2. Your social security number (if you have instead been assigned a unique number for the examination process, include that number);
    3. Your new mailing address, including zip code;
    4. Where you actually live, if it is different from your mailing address;
    5. Your daytime telephone number;
    6. Your current e-mail address; and
    7. The effective date of the change.

     

    This information may be mailed or faxed as follows:

    NJCSC Information Center
    P.O. Box 310
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0310

    Fax: (609) 984-1064

    You may also submit the request electronically through our website here.

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  26. Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?
    Since eligibility needs to be established as of the Closing Date of the announcement, your residency code cannot be changed after the Closing Date, even if you change your residence address or mailing address. If you change your residence to another jurisdiction after the closing date, you may not be eligible for appointment in your former or new jurisdiction. Please research with both jurisdictions to see how their residency requirements will affect you before you change your residence address or mailing address.

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