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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
 
 
  1. What titles will be tested by the 2013 Law Enforcement Examination (LEE)?
  2. What titles will NOT be covered by the 2013 LEE announcement?
  3. When will the test be held?
  4. When is the 2013 LEE announcement expected to be posted?
  5. When will exam results from the 2010 LEE expire?
  6. Will candidates be able to carry over their score from the 2010 exam to the 2013 LEE announcement?
  7. If I took the 2013 State Correction Officer Recruit exam and I submit an application for the 2013 LEE announcement, will I be scheduled to take the LEE?
  8. How can I prepare for the LEE?
  9. If I am not available to take the exam on the scheduled test date, will I be allowed to take a make-up test?
  10. Once I'm scheduled, may I change my testing location?
  11. Where can I find more information about each of the titles covered by the LEE?
  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. Once I take the test, may I review it?
  16. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
  17. How can I get veteran's preference?
  18. Do veterans get extra points?
  19. What is a certification?
  20. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed and/or appointed?
  21. Once a certification is issued, how are people chosen for appointment?
  22. Who does the actual hiring?
  23. What about tie scores?
  24. How do I notify the CSC about a change in my name or mailing address?
  25. Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

  1. What titles will be tested by the 2013 Law Enforcement Examination (LEE)?

    The following titles are expected to be included in the 2013 LEE announcement:  Municipal Police Officer, Campus Police Officer Recruit, County Police Officer, Park Police Officer, Police Officer Recruit Human Services, Police Officer Palisades Interstate Park, Sheriff's Officer, County Correction Officer, and State Correction Officer Recruit Juvenile Justice.  There are also bilingual variants for some of these titles, which will be noted in the announcement. top of page


  2. What titles will NOT be covered by the 2013 LEE announcement?
    The titles of State Park Police Officer Trainee, Parole Officer Recruit, Parole Officer Recruit Juvenile Justice, County Park Ranger, and Juvenile Detention Officer (County) will NOT be included in the pool of titles tested under the 2013 LEE announcement.  Separate examination announcements for each of those titles will be issued and announced in the
    Job Announcement 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.  Also, the title of State Correction Officer Recruit will not be part of the 2013 LEE announcement.  This title was announced separately on December 3, 2012 and was tested in March 2013.  top of page


  3. When will the test be held?

    The tentative timeframe to hold the test is fall, 2013. top of page


  4. When is the 2013 LEE announcement expected to be posted?

    The tentative date to announce the 2013 entry-level Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) is June 4, 2013.  Please check our website for the announcement.  Applications will only be accepted through our Online Application System.  The last date to file will be September 4, 2013. top of page


  5. When will exam results from the 2010 LEE expire?
    The eligible pool resulting from the 2010 LEE announcement will expire when the new pool from the 2013 LEE announcement becomes active.
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  6. Will candidates be able to carry over their score from the 2010 exam to the 2013 LEE announcement?

    No.  Candidates who took the 2010 LEE cannot carry over their scores to the 2013 LEE announcement.  If you want to be included in the new eligible pool resulting from the 2013 announcement, you must file a new application and take the exam when it is scheduled. top of page


  7. If I took the 2013 State Correction Officer Recruit exam and I submit an application for the 2013 LEE announcement, will I be scheduled to take the LEE?

    No.  Anyone who took the 2013 State Correction Officer Recruit exam and subsequently applies for any title within the upcoming 2013 LEE announcement will NOT be scheduled to take the LEE exam.  Candidates interested in employment for any of the titles within the 2013 LEE announcement will still need to submit a LEE application and any relevant fees associated with the application process. 

    However, candidates who took the 2013 State Correction Officer Recruit examination will automatically have their test results (whether these resulted in a passing score or failing score/having received a Notice of Ineligibility) applied to all titles and symbols for which they apply as part of the 2013 LEE announcement, when that eligible pool becomes active.  top of page


  8. How can I prepare for the LEE?

    There are two guides which will help candidates prepare to take the LEE: The LEE Administration Guide and the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) Assessment Preparation Guide. The 2013 LEE Administration Guide will be posted on our website on the day the LEE announces. This guide will provide candidates with information such as what to bring to the test center and how the exam will be administered. The Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) Assessment Preparation Guide is designed to assist test-takers in preparing for the 2013 LEE. Only candidates who have already applied to take the LEE will be able to access this guide. Once you complete your online application, a confirmation page will be displayed. In that confirmation note, you will be given an “access code” which will allow you to view EB Jacobs’ Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery Assessment Preparation Guide. Please print your confirmation page prior to going to the link. top of page


  9. 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: 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;

    1. Catostrophic illness, wherein the candidate has suffered a life-threatening injusry 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 em,ployer noting the candidate's realted 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; and

    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).   This form can also be obtained by contacting the CSC's Information Center at (609) 292-4144.

    Written requests for make-up examinations should be mailed to:  Public Safety Make-Up Unit, Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 310, Trenton NJ 08625-0310.
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  10. 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. top of page


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

     

    Municipal Police Officer

    Campus Police Officer Recruit

    County Police Officer

    Park Police Officer

    Police Officer Recruit, Human Services

    Police Officer, Palisades Interstate Park

    Sheriff's Officer

    County Correction Officer

    Correction Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice

     

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  12. How much will it cost to file an application?
    The minimum fee is $35 to apply for one title preference.  An additional fee of $5 will be added for each title preference you select.  For fee exemptions, please see the LEE announcement and 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?

    Yes, for all titles associated with the LEE, there is a minimum 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 LEE announcement 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 veteran’s 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.

     

    o   Click here for the Municipal Police Maximum Hiring Age Information Sheet 

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  15. Once I take the test, may I review it?
    No, to protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.
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  16. 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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  17. How can I get veteran's preference?

    In order to be awarded veteran’s 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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  18. 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. top of page


  19. 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 AA for a hiring agency and the certification list is issued by the CSC.
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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. 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 N.J.AC. 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 the 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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  22. Who does the actual hiring?

    Each jurisdiction or agency has its own Appointing Authority for the selection process.  The 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. top of page


  23. What about tie scores?

    We don't break ties.  Candidates who have the same final average and veteran 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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  24. How do I notify the CSC about a change in my name or mailing address?

    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:

     

    1.      Your name;

    2.      Your social security number or, if you have been assigned a unique number for the examination process, include that number;

    3.      Your new mailing address, including zip code;

    4.      Where you actually live, if it is different from your mailing address;

    5.      Your daytime telephone number;

    6.      Your e-mail address (if you have one); and

    7.      The effective date of the change.

     

    This information may be mailed or faxed as follows:

     

          NJCSC Information Center

          Division of Selection Services

          P. O. Box 310

          Trenton, NJ  08625-0310

          Fax:  (609) 984-1064

     

    You may also submit the request electronically through our website at https://info.csc.state.nj.us/mailer/ChangeAddress.aspx.

     

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

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  25. Does changing my address after the Closing Date affect my eligibility for appointment?

    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. top of page


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