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      - How can I compliment an Officer?
      - How can I get directions to Police Headquarters?
      - How do I become a Police Officer in Mahwah
      - What are the Requisites for Appointment to the Police Department
      - What is the Testing Procedure for becoming a Police Officer in Mahwah
      - What is the Job Description for a Mahwah Police Officer
      - How do I get fingerprinted?
      - How can I find the Courthouse?
      - How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
      - How do I find out how much a traffic ticket will cost?
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      - How do I contact the Mahwah Police Department?
      - Can I pay my traffic summons at the police station?
      - How do I register my bicycle?

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The Mahwah Police Department has a long-standing tradition of prompt and professional service. We look forward to hearing from those we serve about the performance of law enforcement services by our employees. If you feel the circumstances warrant, please provide the information requested below. Thank you for taking time to make positive comments about the service you received or observed. Please send your comments to chief@mahwahpd.org 



          How can I get directions to Police Headquarters?

The Police Department is located at 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ, 07430. Franklin Turnpike is located off of Route 17 North or South.

          How do I become a Police Officer in Mahwah

The Mahwah Police Department has a competitive selection process administered by and within the Police Department. We are not a Civil Service town, and we do not administer a "Bergen County Police Chiefs Association Chief's Test." Tests are offered on an as needed basis and the list is good for a definitive time period. Our testing procedure consists of the following phases: Written Pre-App, Written Exam, Formal Application, Oral Interview, Background Investigation, Second Interview, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam and a Conditional Letter of Employment. There is a fee to take an exam.

Candidates interested in taking the exam are requested to send a resume and a cover letter to the Mahwah Police Department, 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430, Attn: Recruitment. Your resume will be kept on file, and when a test is announced, you will be notified.  

          What are the Requisites for Appointment to the Police Department

Township Ordinance 2-16

Department: Police


Sub Section: 2-16.3 Requisites for Appointment

a. No person shall be appointed an officer or member of the Police Department of the Township unless he:

1. Is a citizen of the United States and is a resident of the State of New Jersey at the time of his appointment

2. Is sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey as to his eligibility for membership in the retirement system.

3. Is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.

4. Is of good moral character and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving morel turpitude.

2-16.4 Additional Physical and Educational Requirements

All applicants for appointment as members of the Police Department of the Township of Mahwah

Shall not be less than eighteen (18) years nor more than thirty-five (35) years of age at the time of their appointment.

b.Shall possess a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university, or shall have been honorably discharged from active duty from a branch of the United States Military Service and possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate recognized by the Department of Education of the State of New Jersey, or shall have completed a minimum of four (4) years of law enforcement service (such as police officer or police dispatcher) at the Municipal, County, State or Federal level and possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate recognized by the Department of Education of the State of New Jersey.

c.Shall be of such weight in proportion to height as indicated by the height-weight tables established by the Army of the United States

d.Shall be in possession of a valid New Jersey automobile operator’s license.

2-16.5 Disqualifications

No application shall be considered when submitted by any person who:

Lacks the established qualification requirements.

Is physically, mentally or emotionally unfit to perform the duties of the position.

Is addicted to the use of drugs or intoxicating liquors.

Has been dismissed from any prior employment for justifiable cause.

Has made false statements of a material fact or practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in the application, in any test or in securing eligibility for appointment.

2-16.6 Probationary Service

No person shall become an official member of the Police Department of the Township of Mahwah unless and until he or she has served a probationary period of one (1) year after completion of training at a Township and State approved police training academy and has demonstrated to the Chief of Police of the Township by written or oral examination or prior work experience that he or she is qualified and has completed and passed a physical endurance test as prescribed at the time by the Chief of Police of the Township. No probationary member shall be made a permanent member of the Police Department until he or she has completed all training courses, tests and the one (1) year period of probation.

          What is the Testing Procedure for becoming a Police Officer in Mahwah

Pre-Test Information

Any person who meets the minimum requirements as stated below will be eligible to take the initial phase of testing.  The testing process will include:


Phase 1: LESI Online PHQ

Phase 2: Comprehensive Background Investigation / Records Check

Phase 3: Panel Interview to include Chief of Police

Phase 4: Medical Evaluation and Stress Test

Phase 5: Psychological Evaluation


The duration of the testing process is expected to last approximately 6 to 8 weeks.


Minimum Requirements (Mahwah Township Ordinance 2-16)

Citizen of United States and resident of N.J. at time of appointment and at least one of the following criteria:

Bachelor’s Degree;

High School Diploma or equivalent and honorable discharge from Armed Services;

High School Diploma or equivalent and four years of service as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer or Police Dispatcher      

The Mahwah Police Department does not maintain a file of applicants not selected for the position(s) specified in this test.Applicants may reapply for subsequent tests by completing the pre-test application specified for that test or any future tests.

The Township of Mahwah and Mahwah Police Department are equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

          What is the Job Description for a Mahwah Police Officer

Township of Mahwah
Job Description
Position Title: Police Officer/Patrol
Department:        Police                                                                                                    
Reports To:          Police Sergeant/Patrol Tour Commander                                      
Purpose of Position
Under the direct supervision of the Police Tour Commander, a police officer patrols a designated area, insuring compliance with all applicable state laws and city ordinances; answers calls when a crime is suspected or an emergency exists; take such actions as are necessary to prevent crime, to apprehend a criminal, to maintain safety, to assist citizens in a wide range of emergency and non-emergency situations; and performs other related duties, tasks, and assignments as required and directed by a Superior Officer.  The duties and assignments of a Patrol Officer are quite varied in nature and include a variety of assignments. This position includes the protection of persons, property, and preserving the public peace and order through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.   In addition, the Police Officer prevents and detects criminal activity while in the performance of their duties.  This position must be ready to respond in the capacity of a Law Enforcement Officer and make decisions in critical incidents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Patrols assigned area in police vehicle to enforce laws and ordinances; responds to citizen complaints; interviews witnesses, victims, and suspects; apprehends and arrests persons in violation of laws and ordinances; acts as peace officer in disturbances; directs traffic flow and enforces traffic laws; observes and apprehends violators of traffic laws and issues written citations and warnings; and serves warrants
  • Investigates complaints; conducts criminal and crash investigations; makes inquiries; records information.
  • Conducts or assists with investigations and responds to criminal and civil complaints (e.g., interviews witnesses, suspects, complainants, victims, etc.); watches for and makes investigations of wanted or missing persons and property.  Collects, analyzes, and interprets data received at the crime scene, and collects and preserves evidence of a crime scene (e.g., photographs, fingerprints, reconstructs crime, etc.).
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; watches for stolen property or wanted and/or missing persons; transports suspects and witnesses to the Police Department, jail, court, etc.; appears in court and testifies; completes and maintains records and prepares timely reports.
  • Performs security functions at special events; makes emergency runs in patrol car; assists other law enforcement agencies; maintains order in crowds, attends parades, funerals, and other public gatherings; provides assistance concerning laws, ordinances, and general information to the public; escorts, protects, and assists visitors; performs other special service functions as needed or assigned.
  • Attends follow-up training classes to learn newer revised policies, procedures, and regulations; reviews changes in laws and/or regulations; utilizes law enforcement equipment to perform job duties.
  • Drives patrol car, pursue suspects on foot (e.g., run short and long distances, requires physical exertion) and observes and prevents violations of law; investigates automobile crashes; physically restrains/subdue suspects as required; makes arrests as required by law; and processes prisoners (e.g., fingerprinting, photographing, etc.)
  • Make security checks on businesses and residential units.
  • Assist mentally ill or suicidal subjects in seeking treatment, etc.
  • Operates law enforcement equipment and instruments (e.g., patrol car computer, radio, firearms, speed measuring devices, breathalyzer, related police tools, etc.); properly utilizes and maintains equipment (e.g., firearms, gear, police car, computer, etc.).
  • Interviews and counsels parties in domestic disputes; interviews persons with complaints and inquiries.
  • Testifies in court through speech and demonstration.
  • Receives, assists, and transmits emergency calls by radio or telephone.
  • Administers first aid and/or CPR at the scenes of medical emergencies; and assists the Fire Department in emergency situations and gives medical attention when certified to do so.
  • Performs civic functions by providing public education on crime prevention through various programs.
  • Checks for stray animals, care for or dispose of injured animals.
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Performs other related essential duties as assigned by a supervisor.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with Mahwah Township Ordinance 2-16.
Special Requirements
New Jersey Law Enforcement Officer Certification and a valid New Jersey driver’s license are required.
Maintains New Jersey Firearms Training and Proficiency Requirements by the State of New Jersey.
Minimum Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to operate a variety of automated office machines including typewriter, calculator, copier, computer, telephone system, etc.
  • Ability to utilize departmental equipment and tools including police vehicles, firearms, radios, rescue equipment, surveillance equipment, radar, evidence collection equipment, etc.
  • Ability to exert physical effort in moderate to rigorous/heavy work involving lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling; ability to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; ability to climb and balance; ability to engage in prolonged visual concentration as well as to stand/walk for extended periods of time; ability to perform work requiring overall physical fitness.
  • Ability to utilize various levels of “Use of Force” which are reasonable and prudent for the particular situation.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Not applicable.
Mathematical Ability
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, calculate decimals and percentages, use statistical information, and measure data.
Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
  • Ability to comprehend and correctly use a variety of informational documents including case reports, narratives, arrest reports, accident reports, incident reports, radar reports, warrant reports, criminal charge affidavits, various logs, auxiliary reports, and many other reports and records; ability to prepare job related documents using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.
  • Ability to comprehend a variety of reference books and manuals including Policy and Procedure Manual, federal/state/local laws and ordinances, Township geography (maps), etc.
  • Ability to accurately gather, record and deliver information, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality of restricted information.
  • Ability to use and interpret criminal law terminology and language.
  • Ability to perceive and discriminate colors, sounds, tastes, textures, odors, and shapes.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, common sense, and principles of influence in the performance of tasks; ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action; must possess excellent planning and problem solving abilities in completion of daily duties.
  • Ability to work under extremely stressful conditions, to respond immediately to crisis situations, and to balance priorities within and between personnel, offices, and departments; ability to take charge in crisis situations and direct the activities of personnel and citizens.
  • Ability to maintain personal composure and tactfully handle difficult situations and interpret questions correctly.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, influence and train others, including the ability to act in a lead worker capacity when required; ability to advise and interpret on the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations; ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well-established policies, procedures and standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with dispatchers, supervisors, subordinates, medical personnel, Court personnel, attorneys, judges, victims, suspects, other Township personnel, and the general public verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to subordinate personal preferences to orders of management.
  • Ability to get along well with others.
Environmental Adaptability
  • Ability to work effectively in an office, accident, crime scene, and outdoor environment being exposed to the hazards and perils inherit in law enforcement work including but not limited to heat, cold, toxic agents/chemicals, disease, violence, smoke, extreme weather conditions, and explosives.

          How do I get fingerprinted?

Fingerprints may be obtained by coming to Mahwah Police Headquarters at 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, New Jersey seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Please contact the Police Department, after normal business hours at 201.529.1000, to see if an officer is available to fingerprint you. If not we will make arrangements for you to come in when it is convenient to you. 

There is no fee for fingerprints and you must provide the fingerprint card

The organization or agency requiring the fingerprints should provide you with the card.

This service is limited to Mahwah residents or Businesses located within the Township.

          How can I find the Courthouse?

The Township's Court is located at the Town Hall, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah NJ, 07430. Corporate Drive is located off of Route 17 southbound or off of MacArthur Boulevard.To Contact the Court, please call 201.529.2862,. At the prompt hit "0"

          How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Copies of reports are available through the internet or the Police Department. Please E-mail your request to records@mahwahpd.org. or call the Records Bureau at 201.529.1000, extension 235. Certain requests require an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Form completed prior to the report being released.

ALL Accident Report are requested and delivered on-line by 

To Register for a Commercial Account and have reports delivered, CLICK HERE.

To obtain an investigative report


          How do I find out how much a traffic ticket will cost?

Call the Municipal Court at 201.529.2862 during business hours on weekdays.

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          How do I contact the Mahwah Police Department?

We are open 24 Hours-a-Day, 7 days a week and are located at 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430.

Our main telephone number is 201.529.1000. Our Investigative Bureau is 201.529.1000, extension 217, and our primary Fax Number is 201.529.0240.


          Can I pay my traffic summons at the police station?

No you can't. All summonses that are issued in Mahwah can be paid through the Court Clerk's office, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ, 07430. The Office is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, except for legal holidays. You may also mail your fine in, using the address listed on the rear of your summons. Certain summonses REQUIRE you to appear in court.

If you are not sure, please call the Court Clerks office at 201.529.2862 and they will advise you.

          How do I register my bicycle?

Township residents are encouraged to register their bicycles with the Police Department. This will help the police department identify your bicycle if it is stolen and facilitate its return to you if recovered. Registration forms, available at the Police Department, are to include the serial number and description of the bicycle. Questions regarding this program can be directed to the Police Department
at 201.529.1000.


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