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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
 
 
  1. Did the 2022 LEE test cycle use a pool system?
  2. When did examination results from the 2022 LEE announcements issue, and when will the lists expire?
  3. If I took the examination for the 2022 LEE, how am I notified of the results?
  4. What titles were announced as part of the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
  5. Where can I find more information about each of the titles that were included in the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
  6. What titles were NOT included in the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
  7. What examination did candidates take for the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
  8. What is the make-up policy for this examination?
  9. Will I have an opportunity to review the exam and/or my answer choices now that the examination results have been issued?
  10. What is my Applicant ID number?
  11. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
  12. Did I have to complete the residency portion of my application?
  13. What is a residency requirement?
  14. How can I get veteran's preference?
  15. Do veterans get extra points?
  16. Do children of deceased Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty receive preference?
  17. What are eligible lists and certification lists?
  18. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed and/or appointed?
  19. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
  20. Who does the actual hiring?
  21. What about tied scores?
  22. How do I notify the CSC about a change in my name, mailing address, or email address?
  23. Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

  1. Did the 2022 LEE test cycle use a pool system?
    No.  Unlike previous LEE cycles, the 2022 LEE testing cycle did not put candidates into a pool of eligibles once results were released.  Instead, titles that made up the 2022 LEE testing cycle announced individually by jurisdiction (i.e., individual municipalities and counties) and candidates were placed on eligible lists for each jurisdiction for which they applied.  So, instead of filling out a single LEE application, candidates were required to fill out separate applications for each jurisdiction that they were interested in working with.
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  2. When did examination results from the 2022 LEE announcements issue, and when will the lists expire?
    The eligible lists resulting from the 2022 LEE announcements issued on November 2, 2022.  Their expiration date is November 9, 2023, but they may be extended beyond that date if needed.
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  3. If I took the examination for the 2022 LEE, how am I notified of the results?
    Those who took and passed the examination are mailed a notice of eligibility for every announcement to which they applied.  The notice of eligibility includes their examination score and rank on that individual list.  Those who took and failed the examination will be mailed a notice of ineligibility, indicating that they achieved a below-passing score.
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  4. What titles were announced as part of the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
    The following titles were announced as part of the 2022 LEE:  Police Officer; County Police Officer; Park Police Officer; Campus Police Officer Recruit; Police Officer Recruit, Human Services; Police Officer, Palisades Interstate Park; State Park Police Officer Trainee; Sheriff's Officer; County Correctional Police Officer; Correctional Police Officer; Correctional Police Officer, Juvenile Justice Commission; Parole Officer Recruit; and Parole Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice.   Bilingual variants for some of these titles were also announced.
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  5. Where can I find more information about each of the titles that were included in the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
    To view a job specification for each title, click on the corresponding title below:

    Police Officer

    County Police Officer

    Park Police Officer

    Campus Police Officer Recruit

    Police Officer Recruit, Human Services

    Police Officer, Palisades Interstate Park

    State Park Police Officer Trainee

    Sheriff's Officer

    County Correctional Police Officer

    Correctional Police Officer

    Correctional Police Officer, Juvenile Justice Commission

    Parole Officer Recruit

    Parole Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice top of page


  6. What titles were NOT included in the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
    The titles of New Jersey State Trooper, County Park Ranger, and Juvenile Detention Officer were NOT included in the 2022 LEE testing cycle.  Separate announcements for each of those titles will be issued and posted in the
    Job Announcement Section of this website when the need arises.  The title of New Jersey State Trooper was not included because it is announced and tested separately by the N.J. Department of Law and Public Safety. top of page


  7. What examination did candidates take for the 2022 LEE testing cycle?
    The Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) was used to test candidates who applied for any of the LEE titles listed above.  Because the same examination was used, candidates only had one opportunity to take the examination, regardless of the number of announcements for which they applied, and their score achieved on the examination was applied to all these 2022 LEE announcements for which they had applied.
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  8. What is the make-up policy for this 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. top of page


  9. Will I have an opportunity to review the exam and/or my answer choices now that the examination results have been issued?
    No; to protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.

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  10. 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 did not provide your SSN, another unique identification number was assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this examination, and you must have used 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 have provided your SSN.
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  11. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
    Yes, there is a minimum hiring age for every title associated with the LEE.  Candidates need to be at least 18 years of age on or before the Closing Date shown on the examination announcement.  The only title associated with the LEE 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.

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  12. Did I have to complete the residency portion of my application?
    Applicants were required to complete the residency portion of the application.  Please note that your residency may be different from your mailing address.  Residency information was used to place your name in the appropriate tier for municipal and/or county eligible lists.  You must be a legal resident of the jurisdiction you list as your residency as of the announcement closing date, and as of the appointment date for some jurisdictions.  Please check with the municipality or county for their residency requirement.
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  13. What is a residency requirement?
    Effective September 1, 2011, all employees of State and local government must reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under the law.  In addition to this requirement, most positions offered by the titles announced in the LEE have very specific residency requirements.  Information regarding residency requirements was contained in the section of the announcement labeled “Open to Residents of”.  For example, some municipalities require you to live in that municipality to be eligible for that position, while other municipalities may allow you to live in a nearby town within the same county to be eligible for that position.  It was important for you to have used the correct residency code on your job application.
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  14. How can I get veteran's preference?
    You must 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 did meet those requirements, you should have claimed veteran’s preference on the application form and submitted the required proof to be awarded the preference for the titles associated with the LEE and all future CSC examinations.  If you did not submit the required documentation, you were not 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 have been 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.

    Preference must be established no later than 8 days prior to list issuance, and once established, is good for life.  You don't have to wait for an examination to be announced to file for veteran’s preference.  If you missed the opportunity to establish veteran’s preference for the 2022 LEE announcements, you can still establish it for all future CSC examinations by completing and submitting the claim form, as described above, at any time.  Additional information regarding New Jersey Veteran’s Preference can be found at https://www.nj.gov/csc/seekers/veterans/. top of page


  15. 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 eligible lists 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.  Click on this link for more information:  
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  16. 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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  17. What are eligible lists and certification lists?
    After scoring of the exam was completed, an eligible list for each announcement was produced, containing the names of all those who applied for that announcement and passed the examination.  The eligible list ranks candidates based on their score in the following order:  disabled veterans (ranked by score), veterans (ranked by score), and non-veterans (ranked by score.  When an Appointing Authority (AA) has an open position to be filled, the CSC provides the AA with a certification, which contains the top names that currently reside on the eligible list.  The AA can then use this certification list to begin its hiring process.  It is only after a certification is requested by the AA that candidates can be considered for a position with an agency.

    If your name is certified to an AA, 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. top of page


  18. 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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  19. 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. top of page


  20. 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 AA for entry-level law enforcement titles.
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  21. 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 an eligible list, and resulting 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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  22. 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. 

    Changes can be requested electronically through our website at https://www.nj.gov/csc/authorities/faq/seekers/Address%20Change.pdf.

    You can also send your request through regular mail or by fax.  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
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  23. 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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