Does Tewksbury Township Police accept lateral transfers?
Yes, but all candidates must participate in the hiring process. For candidates with BCPO certification or are waiver eligible the written exam may be waived. If you are currently a Class II or State Police Officer and are hired, we would apply for a waiver from the NJPTC. See below waiver guide:
NJPTC WAIVER GUIDE
This document is for reference only and each candidate should inquire with the New Jersey Police Training Commission for waiver eligibility.
IMPORTANT: The Chief of Police has sole discretion on whether or not a newly hired officer can apply for a waiver, regardless of eligibility.
The standard rule of thumb to obtain a waiver for the “Basic Course for Police Officers” certification from the New Jersey Police Training Commission is as follows:
- Corrections - NO
- SLEO II - YES (within 3 years of graduation from academy)
- NJSP - YES
- Corrections - NO
- Police Officers – Regular full-time officers who are in good standing and are still within 3 years of last employer need to present academy curriculum to PTC for possible waiver.
- Go to www.NJPTC.com
- Click on “PTC Rules/Act”
- Click on “Police Training Commission Rules”
- Scroll down to page “1-13”
- Read Appendix PTC “Waivers of Training” matrix
What is the salary for Tewksbury Township Police Officers?
The 2022 starting salary for officers attending the academy is $44,597.
The salary for post academy (Ptl. 9th Class) is $52,521.
The top salary for a patrol officer (Ptl. 1st Class) is $115,917.
The current contract between the Township of Tewksbury and PBA Local #386 is from 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2023.
What health care, leave time, and other benefits will I receive as a Tewksbury Township Police Officer?
Officers are given personal, vacation, sick and bereavement leave time which is based on the amount of years of service and the PBA contract.
Officers and immediate family members receive medical and dental coverage through Blue Cross/ Blue Shield.
Officers and immediate family members receive dental coverage.
Retirees receive a pension from the New Jersey Police and Firemen’s Retirement System.
Is there a make-up day if I cannot make a test date?
No. There are no make-up days for any test dates, appointments, or interviews.
What knowledge is tested on the written test?
The written test is administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The comprehensive written examination consists of questions based upon the requirements of the position in terms of general law enforcement knowledge. Test time is approximately 1 1/2 hours.
What does the Physical Qualification Test consist of?
The Physical Qualification Test consists of the following timed tests: Push Ups, Sit Ups, Squat Thrusts and 1.5 Mile Run. Candidates unable to pass the PQT will be disqualified from the selection process.
Do I need to be a resident to take the police test or to be hired by Tewksbury Township Police Department?
No. We are not a civil service town and you do not need to be a resident of Tewksbury Township to take the police test or to be hired by the Tewksbury Township Police Department. You must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of New Jersey.
If hired, can I request a waiver from the PTC because I already have a SLEO II certification?
Yes. You can request a waiver from the PTC if you are a SLEO II to obtain certification for the Basic Course for Police Officers.
How do I receive an application?
Following the Written Examination and Physical Qualification Test all candidates will be ranked according to their test scores. At that time the Application for Employment will be sent to eligible candidates to be completed. The Application for Employment solicits, at a minimum, the following:
- Contact information
- Current Address
- Family History
- Residence History
- Employment History
- Military History
- Criminal History
- Personal References
What steps are involved in the hiring process?
1. Candidates register for and take the Written Examination.
2. Candidates that pass the Written Examination will participate in the Physical Qualification Test (PQT).
3. Candidates will be ranked based on the scores of the Written Examination and PQT.
4. Eligible Candidates will be sent applications for completion.
5. Background investigations will be conducted on Applicants.
6. Eligible Applicants interviewed by Police Review Board, then by Chief of Police and Public Safety Committee.
7. Recommendation made to the Township Committee