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Lt. Al Della Fave, (609) 882-2000 x6514
Sgt. Kevin Rehmann, x6515
Sgt. Gerald Lewis, x6516
Det. II Stephen Jones, x6513

June 21, 2003

New Jersey State Police Administer Written Test

     West Trenton - The New Jersey State Police will be administering the written entrance examination for upcoming State Police recruit training classes. The test will be given at eight separate test centers throughout the state over the two-day weekend.

     The written test is the next step in the applicant selection process, which began in early April when the State Police launched a comprehensive recruiting campaign designed to encourage candidates from all backgrounds to "Make Protecting New Jersey Your Career" (campaign slogan).

     During the application period (April 1-June 6, 2003), the State Police received more than 4,000 applications. Preliminary screening of the completed applications was conducted to verify that the candidates met the basic criteria and requirements. The screening process resulted in approximately 3,500 applicants being invited to take the written test. Of those applicants, more than 41 percent are women or minorities including 16 percent African Americans and 16 percent Latinos.

     After the written test is scored by independent testing agencies, applicants will be selected from the group and invited to move forward with the selection process. The selection process will continue to be reviewed, and appropriate procedures implemented, to ensure that all qualified applicants move equally through the system. All those selected to continue the process will undergo the physical qualification test, oral interview, background investigation, psychological evaluation and medical examination before appointment to the State Police Training Academy in Sea Girt.

     Currently, the minimum qualifications for applying to the State Police include a bachelor's degree or, alternatively, the completion of 60 credits from an accredited college or university, plus at least two years of satisfactory employment or military experience.

     It is anticipated that classes from the 135th State Police selection process will begin training in January of 2004.


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