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COL. DUNBAR AND NAACP PRES. REV. RUTHERFORD CALL ON QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO APPLY TO THE NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
Irvington - Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Rev. William Rutherford, President of the New Jersey NAACP, announced today that the current State Police recruitment campaign will continue accepting applications until May 1. The State Police recruiting and advertising campaign seeks all qualified candidates, including minority, ethnic, military and law enforcement audiences, and is geared to encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply to join the force.
Colonel Dunbar noted that the challenge of recruiting qualified minority and female candidates remains one of his standing priorities and credited Rev. Rutherford and the leadership and membership of the New Jersey NAACP for their support to the State Police recruiting process.
According to Dunbar, the current recruiting cycle got underway in mid-February and will continue until May 1. The $334,000 advertising campaign is part of the aggressive and ongoing recruiting effort by the State Police at colleges, job fairs and community events. The advertising campaign, which includes Internet advertising, radio ads, cable TV commercials, newspaper display and classified advertisements, billboards and bus posters, is designed to inform candidates that now is the time to submit applications to join the force.
The continuing State Police recruitment program includes :30 second English and Spanish language television ads on cable outlets throughout the state and :60-second radio commercials in English and Spanish on radio stations serving listeners in the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City region.
Internet job sites such as Monster.com., Hispanic Online Magazine, Minority Job Bank, Job City USA and others display full-width site banners with direct hyperlinks to the State Police recruiting Web page. New Jersey Transit buses traveling in all areas of the state from urban routes to long-haul trips carry 12-foot exterior panel placards and smaller, interior signs. Daily, minority and college newspapers will publish one-quarter page display ads along with separate classified ads in the employment pages. Outdoor billboards in highly visible areas throughout the state encourage qualified candidates to explore the New Jersey State Police as a rewarding career.
The minimum qualifications for applying to join the State Police include possessing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or, alternatively, an associate's degree or 60 semester hours of college credits with a "C" average, plus at least two years of military, law enforcement or satisfactory employment experience. (Satisfactory employment experience seeks to attract candidates from professional areas that can bring skills to the State Police in such areas as computer technology, medical/health care, varied business fields, etc.)
The selection process consists of an initial application and screening, written examination, physical qualification test, oral interview, background investigation and, upon conditional appointment, a medical examination and a psychological examination.
In announcing the continuing recruitment program, Col. Dunbar reported that recruiting efforts over the past year resulted in the largest percentage of minority and female candidates to successfully complete the application, testing and review process and to enter the State Police Academy since 1989. As a result of the 1999-2000 recruiting efforts, 27.5 percent of the 222 candidates reporting for training with the 119th - 123rd State Police training classes in Sea Girt were minority and female candidates.
The 119th class graduated 38 recruits last week from the State Police Training Academy in Sea Girt. The 120th class is slated to graduate 37 recruits on April 3, followed by the graduation of recruits from the 121st, 122nd and 123rd classes over the next 60 days.
The Recruiting Unit reports that
an average of 30 calls per day are received by recruiters staffing the
toll-free New Jersey State Police Recruiting Information phone line at: