Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.
The mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) is to protect the public by operating safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities. The mission is realized through effective supervision, proper classification, appropriate treatment of offenders, and by providing services that promote successful reentry into society.
Dedication, Honor, Integrity
The New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer is responsible for ensuring the custody, safety, and care of incarcerated individuals confined in State correctional facilities. Join the ranks of the largest law enforcement agency in New Jersey, working to improve safety in our communities.
Salary and Compensation
Correctional Police Officer’s Salary starts at $48,000 with the potential to earn up to $99,489.62. Annual uniform allowance of $2,200.00 paid semiannually.
Health benefits are provided through the State Health Benefits Program, Dental Care, Eye Care, membership in the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS), and Life Insurance Benefits.
Time Off and Sick Leave
NJDOC provides generous vacation and sick leave options, including:
State Holidays: 13 days
Administrative Leave Days: Three days of administrative leave of absence pay in each calendar year
Sick Leave: Accumulation of sick leave as earned on the basis of 1 day per month of service. Permanent employees starting with the second year of service are entitled to 15 days of sick leave.
Military Service Leave
A candidate will receive notice from the Department of Corrections to report for pre-employment processing, which consists of the following:
Phase 1 & 2 - Completion of an employment application, computer background check, written psychological examination, fingerprinting for a background investigation, and urinalysis testing for drug screening.
Phase 3 - Background investigation that includes personal interviews and visits to your residence and/or place of work.
Phase 4 - When vacancies occur, those candidates who have successfully completed Phases 1, 2, and 3 will be notified to report for Phase 4 processing which includes the following: A medical exam (e.g. blood, vision, hearing test, chest x-ray, and EKG) and an interview conducted by a psychologist based on the written examination completed during Phase 2.
Candidates who pass the previously noted requirements will be appointed as Correctional Police Officer Apprentice and will be required to satisfactorily complete a 19-week, in-residence NJ Police Training Commission course at the Correctional Staff Training Academy. While in training, candidates will be paid bi-weekly based upon an annual salary of $34,000.
Those who successfully complete the training program will be appointed as Correctional Police Officer and will serve a one-year working test period. Upon satisfactory completion of the working test period, candidates will be promoted to Senior Correctional Police Officer and serve a four-month working test period. The academy training is comprised of three areas of training.
The Physical Education and Self-Defense Program emphasizes physical conditioning, which includes running and various strength building exercises.
NJ Police Training Commission Physical Training Assessment
24 pushups in 1 minute
28 sit-ups in one minute
15 inch vertical jump
300 meter run in 70.1 seconds
1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 55 seconds
The Academic portion of the Academy training will include a college-level course of studies such as psychological and sociological issues, Language and Communications skills, Criminal Law, Constitutional Issues, Correctional and Police Practice procedures, etc. There will be comprehensive examinations and written assignments.
Firearms Training includes firearms safety and weapon qualifications.
Opportunity for Career Advancement
In addition to staffing nine facilities throughout the state, NJDOC has numerous positions for career advancement, including opportunities available to Senior Correctional Police:
NJDOC is now acquiring applicant information for the position of Correctional Police Officer. Get your career started today by completing an interest questionnaire and a member of our NJDOC Recruiting Staff will contact you directly.