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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
Application and Testing Schedules
Orientation Guides to Law Enforcement Promotional Examinations

*Please Note: The year listed for the orientation guides refers to the year the exam will take place. Each guide listed, unless otherwise noted in its title, applies both to candidates from the current administration and make-up candidates from an earlier administration who will be tested in the stated year. 

Application Fee Schedule

Promotional Examinations 

Police Sergeant 


Police Lieutenant


Police Captain


Police Deputy Chief


Police Chief


General Multiple-Choice Study Guide
Calculation of Seniority Credits

For promotions, seniority is considered in the final score. For municipal police and fire fighter exams, the seniority score includes two elements: seniority (time from regular appointment date to closing date of the announcement, minus time lost on suspensions, layoffs, and regular leaves of absence without pay), and record of service (score is reduced for disciplinary suspensions up to five years before the closing date).  For all other law enforcement promotional exams (e.g., State Correctional Police Officer series, Sheriff’s Officer series, County Correction Officer series), only the seniority score is used; record of service is not considered for these titles.  More information about seniority credits can be found in N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.15 Rating of examinations.

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