NJ TRANSIT Police Department - PTC Certified Police Officer

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Department NJ TRANSIT Police Department
Job TitlePTC Certified Police Officer
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Newark, NJ
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Applicants being considered will be contacted via Policeapp.com with details regarding the date of the Physical Qualification Test,  There will be a $35 non-refundable application fee to apply for the test. (Payable by Debit/Credit Card Only)  

When applying through Policeapp.com you MUST UPLOAD the following documents:

Documents must be in one of the following formats doc,docx,pdf,jpg,jpeg,gif,png

  • Updated resume
  • Unofficial or official college transcript or copy of degree- if applicable (must include name of applicant and name of school)
  • DD214- applicable (long version with discharged information) 


The NJ TRANSIT Police hiring process is designed to identify the most qualified candidates for the position. At the completion of each stage of the hiring process, applicants will be notified of their status via Policeapp.com. Only those applicants meeting the standards of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department are selected to continue in the process.


A candidate will be rejected from the selection process that has intentionally misrepresented, falsified, or concealed material and that, upon submission of any official document (online or otherwise), made a false statement, or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in this initial application, examination, interview, background, or in securing eligibility for appointment.

Read the Minimum Qualifications carefully prior to applying through Policeapp.com. Only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be allowed to proceed in the selection process.  Partial or incomplete document submission will not be accepted and will disqualify you from the selection process & applications fees will not be refunded.


To be considered as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer, you must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application subittal. 

Failure to meet and provide appropriate documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of these requirements when applying through Policeapp.com will result in your disqualification from the NJ TRANSIT Police Officer selection process.


  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States on the date of application submission, and never have renounced United States citizenship.


  • Candidates must have a driving record in good standing and valid motor vehicle driver’s license on the date of application submission.



  • A Bachelor's degree; OR
  • Sixty (60) college credits, plus one (1) year of full-time or part-time experience as a first responder (e.g. Paramedic/ EMT/ ClassI/ ClassII/ Police Dispatcher/ Corrections/ Firefighter/ or related); OR
  • Thirty (30) college credits plus at least two (2) full years of continuous active-duty military service with an honorable discharge. OR
  • 4 full years of continuous active-duty military services.

Failure to provide proof that you have satisfied minimum requirements on the date of application submission will eliminate you from further consideration as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer Candidate. 



Applicants are advised that the NJ TRANSIT Police Department will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed in the eligibility requirement section.

An applicant will be automatically disqualified if he/she meets one or more than one of the following factors:

  • The applicant has any felony convictions in any State or be under indictment or have a pending felony case.
  • The applicant has been convicted of, or plea agreement to, any offense involving domestic violence.
  • The applicant has a conviction of an unlawful sexual offense.
  • The applicant was adjudicated by the court to be in violation of any person’s civil rights in this State or any other State.
  • The applicant was found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in this State or any other State.
  • The applicant is subject to a restraining order for harassing, stalking, or threatening.
  • The applicant has a dishonorable discharge from any branch of military service or law enforcement agency.
  • The applicant was convicted of an offense involving or touching on previous public office position or employment. See N.J.S.A. 2C:51-2(d).
  • The applicant has a conviction of  two or more motor vehicle offenses for operating a motor vehicle
    while under the influence of drugs or alcohol pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 or has a conviction of driving while intoxicated as defined under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 within last five years. 
  • The applicant has forfeited their right to public employment under NJSA 2C:51-2. 


Throughout this selection process, you will be required to present two forms of identification, one of which will need to be a valid government issued photo identification (e.g., photo driver license, photo identification issued by the County Clerk's Office, passport, Motor Vehicle ID, Military ID).

The selection process consists of the following and applicants should be prepared to participate in every part of the selection process.  Applicants will be notified of their status and certain test results via Policeapp.com.  Please use an email address that will remain with you for at least one full year:

  • Apply through Policeapp.com ASAP, when applying you MUST meet all necessary requirments.  There will be a $35 non-refundable application fee when applying (Payable by Debit/Credit Card Only)
  • Physical Qualification Test
  • Extensive Qualifications Screening
  • Panel Interview
  • Extensive Background Investigation
  • Comprehensive Medical Examination and Mandatory Psychological Evaluation



All submissions through Policeapp.com will be reviewed to determine minimum qualifications, automatic disqualifiers, and completeness. Successful applicants will be invited to the Physical Qualification Test.  As determined solely by the agency, partial or incomplete document submission will not be accepted and will disqualify you from the selection process.


The purpose of this test is to ensure that each applicant meets the entry-level physical performance standards for the department. Failure of any one exercise will disqualify the applicant and remove them from the current selection process at that time. The tests consist of:

  • Vertical Jump: 15 inches
  • 1 Minute Sit-Up: 28 repetitions
  • 300 Meter Run: 70.1 seconds or less
  • 1 Minute Push-up: 24 repetitions
  • 1.5 Mile Run: 15:55 minute or less


The following will assist you in the preparation for the NJ TRANSIT Physical Qualification Test:

  • Cardiovascular exercise 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week (i.e. aerobics, jogging, walking, and swimming) or participation in any activities that build up your endurance and level of fitness gradually
  • Various calisthenics and strength training exercises in order to increase upper and lower body strength
  • Maintaining a well-balanced diet for several days before the test
  • A good night’s sleep the night before the test
  • Refraining from drinking a lot of liquids or eating a big meal immediately before the test
  • Maintaining complete hydration the day of the test

Physical Qualification Test Appropriate Clothing

On the day of your test, wear athletic clothing.  Examples of athletic clothing are sweatshirt or T-shirt; sweat pants or shorts and sneakers.  All exercises will be administered indoors; please dress accordingly.



Upon successful completion of your submission through Policeapp.com, passing of the Physical Qualification phase, all information will be collected and assessed by a review panel.

Applicants selected to move forward to the panel interview phase will be advised via Policeapp.com.  It is your responsibility to keep your email up to date.



A comprehensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted by the NJ TRANSIT Police Department on all candidates that pass the panel interview.  Candidates will be required to sign appropriate authorizations that will permit full investigation and complete disclosure of personal information. Candidates who do not report their complete background record and do not provide complete and truthful answers during the background investigation will be disqualified from the selection process at any time.



An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination. The medical examination is conducted to determine the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer. Upon successful completion of the medical examinations, the candidate will be eligible for employment as a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer and sworn into a certified Police Academy.



$68,345  NJ PTC Certified (Effective 7/1/2023)



4 days on 3 days off schedule; 10 hour days.



Each full-time sworn member will receive benefits in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement.  These benefits include a major medical health plan, a prescription plan, dental insurance, and a group life insurance as part of the Police & Fire Retirement System.



Police Training Commission candidates who successfully complete all of the evaluation components are subject to one-year probation from date of employment.  Candidates will be assigned to a sixteen-week Field Training Program once hired. As a NJ TRANSIT Police Officer, you will be assigned to various locations throughout the state. All sworn officers of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department are fully certified by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Police Training Commission.  Candidates MUST be able to accept assignments throughout the state of NJ.




The mission of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department is to maintain public order and safety while deterring and preventing terrorism and crime throughout the NJ TRANSIT system.


We will accomplish our mission through intelligence led policing and counter-terrorism based approaches in all of our policing strategies. Our commitment to exceptional public service, will act as the foundation in guiding our relentless crime prevention and suppression efforts. This vision exemplifies our pursuit of excellence in setting the standard in transit policing throughout the country.


  • Honor
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Courage

If at any time you have questions please email the NJ TRANSIT Police Recruiting Unit at NJTPD_ExamQuestions@njtransit.com 

At NJ TRANSIT we support and depend upon the diversity of our staff.

NJ TRANSIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please direct questions regarding this position to NJTPD_ExamQuestions@njtransit.com

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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