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The 2010 Entry Level Law Enforcement examination (LEE) testing process is closed. 

A date for the next announcement of the entry-level law enforcement examination (LEE) has not been determined.  Watch this page for updates on that announcement.

  1. What announcements will be tested by the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE)?
  2. When will the test be held?
  3. Where can I obtain more information about how to prepare for the LEE?
  4. When will the current LEE expire?
  5. Will the candidates in the current LEE pool be able to carry over their scores to the next LEE announcement?
  6. Once I'm scheduled, may I change my testing location?
  7. How can I prepare for the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam?
  8. If I am not available to take the exam on the scheduled test date, will I be allowed to take a make-up test?
  9. What title areas are covered by the LEE announcement and its pool?
  10. Where can I find more information about each of the above titles covered by the LEE?
  11. What titles will NOT be covered by the next LEE announcement?
  12. How much will it cost to file an application?
  13. What is my Applicant ID number?
  14. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
  15. How can I get veteran's preference?
  16. Once I take the test, may I review it?
  17. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
  18. What is a certification?
  19. Who does the actual hiring?
  20. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed and/or appointed?
  21. What about tie scores?
  22. Do veterans get extra points?
  23. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
  24. How do I notify CSC about a change in my name or mailing address? Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

  1. What announcements will be tested by the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE)?
    The LEE administration consists of the following three title announcements:

    • Announcement 1 (referred to as the LEE announcement):  Municipal Police; Municipal Police Officer (Bilingual in Spanish/English); Municipal Police Officer (Bilingual in Korean/English); Municipal Police Officer (Multilingual in Spanish/Portuguese/English); Campus Police Officer Recruit; County Police Officer; Park Police Officer; Police Officer Recruit, Human Services; Police Officer, Palisades Interstate Park; Sheriff's Officer; Sheriff's Officer (Bilingual in Spanish/English); and State Park Police Officer Trainee
    • Announcement 2 (referred to as the Correction Officer announcement):  Correction Officer Recruit; Correction Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice; and County Correction Officer
    • Announcement 3 (each was announced separately):  Parole Officer Recruit; Parole Officer Recruit (Bilingual in Spanish/English); and Parole Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice

    While we plan to use the LEE to test for all of the above titles, separate announcements were necessary for administrative reasons. 

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  2. When will the test be held?
     No test date has been set at this time.

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  3. Where can I obtain more information about how to prepare for the LEE?
    Once the announcement of the next LEE examination is made, candidates will be able to view the LEAB Assessment Preparation Guide on theis web site.  The Guide will familiarize candidates with the types of questions that will be found on the LEE.

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  4. When will the current LEE expire?
    The pool resulting from the December 2010 LEE announcement will expire when a new pool becomes active.
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  5. Will the candidates in the current LEE pool be able to carry over their scores to the next LEE announcement?
    No. Candidates who took the test for the prior LEE announcement cannot carry over their scores. If you want to be included in the new pool, you must first file a new application and take the test when it is scheduled.

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  6. Once I'm scheduled, may I change my testing location?
    No. We make every effort to schedule candidates according to the preference indicated on their applications, however, because of the high-volume, we may not always be able to do so. When you file your application, it is very important that you indicate the county where you prefer to take the test. If you leave that part of your application blank, you will automatically be scheduled for testing in Mercer County.

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  7. How can I prepare for the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam?
    You can prepare for the Entry Level Law Enforcement exam by reviewing the LEE orientation guide that will be available on this site when the next LEE announcement is made. 
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  8. If I am not available to take the exam on the scheduled test date, will I be allowed to take a make-up test?
    Make-up examinations may be authorized by the Civil Service Commission for this exam only in cases of:

    1. Catastrophic illness, wherein the candidate has suffered a life-threatening injury or illness, or requires an extended convalescent period, as evidenced by a doctor's diagnosis and statement, as well as documentation from the candidate's employer noting the candidate's related leave from work;
    2. Death in the candidate's immediate family, as evidenced by a copy of the death certificate;
    3. Military leave, which will be handled as stated in N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.9(c);
    4. Error by the Civil Service Commission or Appointing Authority;
    5. Exoneration from pending disciplinary or criminal charges as stated in N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.9(d).

    MAKE-UP REQUESTS, WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE TEST NOTICE. However, in situations involving an illness, death or natural disaster that occurs on or immediately before the test date, a request for make-up must be made in writing no later than five days after the test date. All make-up requests based on medical grounds must include a New Jersey Civil Service Commission Medical Authorization Form for Make-up Examinations (DPF-728). Please click here [pdf] to download the form. This form can also be obtained by contacting the CSC's Information Center at (609) 292-4144.

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  9. What title areas are covered by the LEE announcement and its pool?
    The four title areas covered by the LEE are:

    1. Municipal Police Officer
    2. Other Police Titles include:
    3. Sheriff's Officer
    4. State Park Police Officer Trainee

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  10. Where can I find more information about each of the above titles covered by the LEE?
    To view a job specification for each title, click on the corresponding title above.

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  11. What titles will NOT be covered by the next LEE announcement?
    The titles of County Park Ranger and Juvenile Detention Officer (County) will NOT be included in the pool of titles tested under the 2010 LEE announcement. Separate examination announcements for each of those titles will be issued and announced in the
    Job Opportunity Section of this website when the need arises. In addition, the title of New Jersey State Trooper is not covered, because it is announced and tested separately by the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety.

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  12. How much will it cost to file an application?
    The minimum fee is $35 for one title preference and the maximum fee is $50 for all four titles. (The fee is $35 for the first title preference and an additional $5 for every other title preference you select on your application.) For fee exemptions, please see the LEE application for more information.

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  13. What is my Applicant ID number?
    In accordance with N.J.S.A. 11A:4-1, all job applicants are requested to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) on applications to establish a unique means of identifying all of their records throughout the selection and appointment processes. Providing your SSN is voluntary. If you do not provide your SSN, another unique identification number will be assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this exam.

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  14. Is there a minimum and maximum hiring age?
    Candidates need to be at least 18 years of age on or before the Closing Date shown on the examination announcement. The only title in the Law Enforcement Series that has a maximum age is Municipal Police Officer. Applicants over age 35 as of the closing date of the examination are not eligible for Municipal Police Officer positions, with certain exceptions. (An applicant is considered to be over 35 the day after his/her 35th birthday.) By law, applicants may reduce their age by deducting the following: (1) the amount of their military service time that falls within the location and time limit criteria for New Jersey veterans' preference and/or (2) the amount of time previously served in certain law enforcement titles. To qualify for this provision, separation from prior service must have been for reasons other than removal for cause on charges of misconduct or delinquency.

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  15. How can I get veteran's preference?
    In order to be awarded veterans' preference, the appropriate
    documentation must be submitted and approved by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs no later than 8 days prior to the issuance of an eligibility list.


    Children of a deceased law enforcement officer, who was killed in the line of duty, receive preference in appointment second to that accorded to veterans pursuant to current law, but superseding that accorded to non-veterans. All duly qualified applicants whose natural or adoptive parent was killed in the lawful discharge of official duties while serving as a law enforcement officer in any law enforcement agency in the State at any time prior to the closing date for the filing of an application, provided that required documentation is submitted with the application by the closing date, shall be accorded this preference. This paragraph shall not, however, be applicable if the municipality has entered into a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice concerning the hiring practices of the municipality.

    When a veteran and a non-veteran whose parent was killed in the lawful discharge of official duties while serving as a law enforcement officer in any law enforcement agency in the State are duly qualified applicants for a position, first preference shall be given to the veteran.

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  16. Once I take the test, may I review it?
    To protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.

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  17. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
    No. The eligibility notice will only include your final average and veteran status because the entry-level law enforcement testing process places candidates who pass the test in an eligible pool.

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  18. What is a certification?
    It is a list of names selected from the eligible pool that we provide to an Appointing Authority (AA) for a specific jurisdiction or agency to use for their hiring process. The certification lists candidates who pass the exam and ranks them based on their score in the following order: disabled veterans (ranked by score), veterans (ranked by score), and non-veterans (ranked by score).  There is no hiring list or rank until a certification is requested by the Appointing Authority for a hiring agency and the certification list is issued by the CSC.

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  19. Who does the actual hiring?
    Each jurisdiction or agency has its own Appointing Authority for the selection process. CSC reviews the AA's documentation for each certification to ensure compliance with related rules and regulations. The CSC is not the Appointing Authority for entry-level law enforcement titles.

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  20. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed and/or appointed?
    No. It means you MAY be interviewed and/or considered for appointment if you are reachable on the certification list.

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  21. What about tie scores?
    We don't break ties. Candidates who have the same final average and veterans status have equal ranking on a certification. For example, if there are 20 people on the certification with the same final average and they're all non-veterans, they will be listed in alphabetical order by their last names, but they all have the same rank on that certification. If one of them is reachable for an appointment, all are reachable and the Appointing Authority may hire any one of them.

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  22. Do veterans get extra points?
    No extra points are given. However, eligibles with disabled veteran or veteran status are grouped at the top of the certification list by their veteran status and then by their final averages. Disabled veterans are placed above veterans who, in turn, are placed ahead of non-veterans.

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  23. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
    The selection process is described below:

    1. The Appointing Authority conducts background investigations for eligible candidates who indicate interest in being appointed. These investigations may include reports from their criminal, employment, and driving records. The AA will usually disqualify anyone with negative reports. In accordance with NJAC 4A:4-6, any false statement of any material fact (including educational and employment record) or any deception or fraud in any part of the selection or appointment process will be grounds for disqualification and possible legal action.
    2. Not all eligibles who pass the background investigation are offered the currently available jobs. Disabled veterans and veterans have absolute preference and must be appointed first. Where there are no disabled veterans or veterans, the "rule of three" applies. This means that the AA may select any one of the first three non-veterans for each appointment they make.
    3. The AA will schedule medical and psychological examinations for those candidates who are selected.
    4. Candidates must pass both the medical and psychological examinations to be appointed.
    5. The AA will forward the completed certification with supporting documentation to CSC, where it will be reviewed for compliance to the rules and regulations.

    The selection process often takes six months or more because it is so involved, so please be patient.

    Please Note: A candidate who is disqualified for a negative background investigation will be removed from the pool for all future certifications for any title.

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  24. How do I notify CSC about a change in my name or mailing address? Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

    You must immediately notify the CSC in writing if you change your name or mailing address or if it is listed incorrectly on a notice that you receive from us. To ensure that your records are updated correctly, please include the following in your request for change:

    • your name;
    • your social security number or, if you have been assigned a unique number for the examination process, include that number;
    • your new mailing address, including zip code;
    • where you actually live, if it is different from your mailing address;
    • your daytime telephone number;
    • your e-mail address (if you have one); and
    • the effective date of the change.

    Please note: Since eligibility needs to be established as of the Closing Date of the announcement, your residency code cannot be changed after the Closing Date, even if you change your residence address or mailing address. If you change your residence to another jurisdiction after the closing date, you may not be eligible for appointment in your former or new jurisdiction. Please research with both jurisdictions to see how their residency requirements will affect you before you change your residence address or mailing address.

    You may also mail or fax your request as follows:
    Mail it to:

     

    NJCSC Information Center
    Division of Selection Services and Recruitment
    P.O. Box 310
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0310

    Fax it to: (609) 984-1064

    For security reasons, changes cannot be made from telephone calls.

     

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