Bayonne Police Department offers a challenging career in the field of law enforcement. The Department provides an excellent salary, full medical benefits and is a member of the New Jersey Police and Fireman retirement system. If you are interested in diversity, challenges and opportunities the Bayonne Police Department invites you to apply to be a part of our professional organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Where hiring preferences apply, applicants must meet the residency requirements of the appointing jurisdiction and may be required to maintain continuous residency in that jurisdiction up to and including the date of appointment.

Applicants must be high school or vocational high school graduates, or possess an approved High School Equivalency Certificate.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants for Municipal Police Officer positions cannot be over 35 years of age (one is considered over 35 on the day after his/her 35th birthday), unless they meet the exceptions in "Maximum hiring age requirement for Municipal Police Officer". NOTE: The age 35 maximum hiring requirement applies only to Municipal Police Officer and its bilingual titles.

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Appointees may be required to pass thorough medical and drug screening, and psychological/psychiatric examinations. Failure of any of these is cause for removal from that title area.

NOTE: Appointees will be required to successfully complete a training program mandated by the NJ Police Training Commission. This training must be completed prior to enrollment in the Police and Fire Retirement System.

Applicants must have a good reputation and be of sound moral character. An applicant's background will be carefully investigated. An applicant who has intentionally made a false statement or practiced, or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in the initial application, examination or interview will be rejected from the selection process.

Selection Process
The selection process is a competitive one consisting of an initial application, written examination, background investigation, interview and, upon conditional offer of employment, a medical and psychological examination.

Intergovernmental Transfer Program
Under certain circumstances the Bayonne Police Department may use the Intergovernmental Transfer Program to recruit new police officers.  For additional information about this program click here.

Recruit Training
While at the Police Academy, the new recruit will receive extensive physical training, defensive tactics and academics instruction. The recruit will be conditioned and tested every day on their physical and mental capabilities. Physical training may include but are not limited to: warm-up exercises, running, push-ups, crunches and weight lifting. For the academic portion of the academy, the recruit must learn the laws governing the state of New Jersey, use of force, firearms training, first aid, communication skills, report writing, baton training, de-escalation techniques, and much more.

Defensive tactics are taught to show the recruit how to defend themselves with limited injury to occur. These skills being from basic kicking, punching, moving and simple exercises to help strengthen body muscle and then moving on to more complicated techniques.

The New Jersey Police Training Commission mandates that all recruits are required to perform to the following minimum physical training standards. Failure of any one of these events can result in dismissal from the Academy:

- 1.5 mile run in 15:55 or less

- 300 meter run in 70.01 seconds or less

- Vertical jump of 15 inches or more

- 24 push-ups in 1 minute or less

- 28 sit-ups in 1 minute or less

Benefits & Salary

Job security and the opportunity for advancement are just the beginning of the many benefits enjoyed by Bayonne Police Officers. The City of Bayonne offers:

- Competitive Starting Salary

- Medical Benefits

- Dental Plan

- Prescription Plan

- Life Insurance

- State Pension Plan

- Deferred Compensation

- Credit Union

How Do I Join?
If you meet the qualifications requirements, you can obtain and submit an application from the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (NJCSC) website. Announcements are typically announced every two years on the website under Public Safety Testing News:

Once your application has been submitted, the NJCSC will notify you of when and where you are to take the examination. If you pass the examination, you will be placed on a list of eligible candidates, where your ranking will be based on your test score. The NJCSC will notify you of your test score and position on the eligible candidates list. Any questions regarding the written test, results, or your placement on the list of eligible candidates should be directed to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

If your position on the NJCSC is reached, you will be contacted by the Bayonne Police Department Planning and Training Unit, who will then schedule your interview and initiate your background investigation. Candidates who pass all facets of the background investigation who are offered a promise of employment shall be required to complete a psychological exam and medical examination prior to appointment.

After your appointment, candidates will be required to attend a New Jersey Police Training Commission police academy for approximately twenty-two weeks.

The City of Bayonne and the Bayonne Police Department are equal opportunity employers.
Women and Minority Groups are encouraged to apply.