The Burlington County Minority and Equality Rights Task Force is partnering with local police departments and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and Corrections Department to assist local residents interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement.
The Burlington County Department of Corrections and Sheriff’s Department have multiple openings and several local police forces are seeking new officers. The Task Force held two free Civil Service Preparation and Mentoring Sessions to assist interested residents with the Civil Service application and exam process.
The sessions covered the Civil Service Commission and application process, interview preparation, resume writing and the law enforcement examination and physical fitness standards. Representatives from the Burlington City Police Department, Burlington Township Police Department, Willingboro Police Department, Burlington County Corrections Department and Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the sessions and answer questions.
Burlington County Commissioner Felica Hopson said the goal was to help attract a talented and diverse pool of residents to serve their local communities.
“We want the ranks of law enforcement to reflect the communities they protect and serve, so we need more women and minorities to apply and go through the Civil Service hiring process,” said Hopson, who is the Commissioner’s liaison to the Minority and Equality Rights Task Force.
New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton also encouraged these types of sessions.
“Corrections, Sheriff’s and police departments across the county are seeking new officers, and it is our hope that diverse candidates will seek out these career opportunities in law enforcement,” said Singleton. “I am thankful that the Burlington County Minority and Equality Rights Task Force had the foresight to partner with the County to host these prep sessions so that individuals can be even better prepared for the Civil Service exam.”
The New Jersey Civil Service Commission oversees the applications and testing for numerous government positions in state, county and local governments across the state.
A list of open positions is available online at https://info.csc.state.nj.us/Vats/JobView.aspx
All applicants for entry-level law enforcement positions are required to take the exam. Those who pass become part of an eligible pool of candidates for the open positions.