What are the Requisites for Appointment to the Police Department
Township Ordinance 2-16
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.
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.