The Burlington County Minority and Equality Rights Task Force is partnering with local police departments and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and Corrections Department to assist local residents interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement.
The Burlington County Department of Corrections and Sheriff’s Department have multiple openings and several local police forces are seeking new officers. The Task Force is holding two free Civil Service Preparation and Mentoring Sessions to assist interested residents with the Civil Service application and exam process.
The first session will be held tomorrow, Saturday, February 19, at 10 AM at Lyceum Hall, 432 High Street in Burlington City. The second session is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 PM at Moorestown Town Hall, 111 West Second Street.
The sessions will cover the Civil Service Commission and application process, interview preparation, resume writing and the law enforcement examination and physical fitness standards. Representatives from the Burlington City Police Department, Burlington Township Police Department, Willingboro Police Department, Burlington County Corrections Department and Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the sessions and answer questions.
Burlington County Commissioner Felica Hopson said the goal is to help attract a talented and diverse pool of residents to serve their local communities.
“We want the ranks of law enforcement to reflect the communities they protect and serve, so we need more women and minorities to apply and go through the Civil Service hiring,” said Hopson, who is the Commissioner’s liaison to the Minority and Equality Rights Task Force. “These sessions will help residents understand the application and exam process and what skills and tools they’ll need on the job and in their careers. It will be a tremendous resource for anyone considering a career in law enforcement and we want to thank these departments for partnering with us to make this assistance available.”
New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton also encouraged local residents to take advantage of the prep sessions.
"Corrections, Sheriff’s and police departments across the county are seeking new officers, and it is our hope that diverse candidates will seek out these career opportunities in law enforcement," said Singleton. "I am thankful that the Burlington County Minority and Equality Rights Task Force had the foresight to partner with the County to host these prep sessions so that individuals can be even better prepared for the Civil Service exam."
The New Jersey Civil Service Commission oversees the applications and testing for numerous government positions in state, county and local governments across the state and is now accepting applications for its entry law enforcement exam. The deadline for signing up for the exam is Feb. 28 at 4 PM.
A list of open positions is available online at https://info.csc.state.nj.us/Vats/JobView.aspx
All applicants for entry-level law enforcement positions are required to take the exam. Those who pass become part of an eligible pool of candidates for the open positions.