WARETOWN, NJ – Changes are in the works when it comes to new hires to the Ocean Township Police Department. Officers looking to move up the ranks may soon face new requirements to qualify for supervisory positions.

Individuals seeking a career in law enforcement within Ocean Township take a non-civil service entry level exam offered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.  Test results become a part of the job application process.

Many municipalities throughout the state also add in a registration fee for prospective police officer candidates.  Ocean Township has been one of the exceptions until now.

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“Most agencies in the surrounding area charge for their applications,” confirmed Ocean Township Police Chief Michel Rogalski. “The hiring process takes time as it requires going through all the applications, running a PT test, and conducting background checks. The fee will help us offset some of those costs.”

The Ocean Township Police Department achieved national recognition last year, an accomplishment that resulted in accolades from the local government.

“I would like to thank our police department and Police Chief Rogalski for having the township’s police department certified under President Trump’s Executive Order on Safe Communities and Safe Policing in June of 2020,” shared Ocean Township Deputy Mayor Ben LoParo.

According to LoParo, the designation qualifies the local police department for federal grants for three years starting from January of 2021.

Township officials are also considering an upgrade to eligibility requirements for police sergeants, lieutenants, and other high-ranking positions.  Sergeants will need attainment of at least an associate degree, while lieutenants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Public hearings on the proposed police hiring application fee and enhanced promotional requirement will be part of the township’s committee meeting agenda on February 16, 2021.

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