Police Officer Hiring Information
The following are the minimum qualifications required for the position of Police Officer in Cherry Hill Township:
• Must be at least 18 years of age and must be hired on or before their 35th birthday
• A citizen of the United States
• A resident of New Jersey at time of appointment
• Have a valid unrestricted New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment
• Pass written, physical ability and interview component of the testing process
• Pass medical, psychological examination and drug screen
• Must be a graduate from a senior high school or have had a formal education or training showing attainment of the level represented by graduation from senior high school
• Possess a minimum of sixty (60) college credits from an accredited college at time of appointment
- If previous law enforcement or military service (minimum two (2) years of service) must possess a minimum of thirty (30) college credits from an accredited college at time of appointment
• Must be of sound moral character verified by a background investigation
• Never convicted of a crime or of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude or dishonesty
Employment Benefits & Incentives
Paid Police Academy Training
Generous paid vacation, personal leave, and sick time
Full Medical Benefits & Dental Coverage
Retirement after 30 years of service with a full pension
Healthcare after retirement
Cherry Hill Township is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and antidiscrimination pursuant to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended by the Equal Opportunity Act of 1972 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD).
Under no circumstances will Cherry Hill Township discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or political status, affectional or sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical heredity, cellular or blood trait, genetic information, disability (including AIDS or HIV infection), pregnancy (including pregnancy-related medical conditions), childbirth, liability for service in the United States armed forces, gender identity or expression, and/or any other characteristic protected by law.
Decisions regarding the hiring, promotion, transfer, demotion or termination are based solely on the qualifications and performance of the employee or prospective employee.
If any employee or prospective employee feels they have been treated unfairly, they have the right to address their concern with their Supervisor, or if they prefer their Department Head, Mayor and/or designee, the Human Resources Manager or the Township Solicitor.
• Written exam
• Physical fitness indicator test:
- 1 Minute Sit-up: 28 repetitions
- 300 Meter Run: 70.1 seconds or less
- 1 Minute Push-ups: 24 repetitions
- 1.5 Mile Run: 15:55 minutes or less
• Background investigation
• Oral interview
• Psychological exam
• Medical exam
• Drug screening
The expected duration of the selections process upon a candidate submitting a formal application, is normally four to five months. After completion of the screening process, applicants who were not selected may reapply once the next announced selection process is announced. Re-applicants must complete a new formal application and will be considered a new applicant and must complete all the requirements in the selection process.
Successful applicants that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy for a 19 week training program.
Upon successful completion of the 18 week Academy, officers are assigned to the Patrol Division and to a Field Training Officer for an additional 16 weeks.