POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT HUMAN SERVICES
Under immediate supervision of a Police Sergeant, or other
supervisor in the police unit of an institution or cluster of institutions
under the jurisdiction of the Department of Human Services, during
an assigned tour of duty, learns and performs varied tasks involved
in patrolling buildings and grounds and safeguarding the peace
and safety of clients, residents, employees, and property; does
other related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
As trainer and productive worker:
Responds to situations involving clients, patients, employees,
Prepares reports utilizing the Law Enforcement Information
and Reporting System used by police for statewide reporting.
Patrols institutional facilities and grounds.
May fingerprint and photograph employees and clients.
Arrests perpetrators of crimes.
Serves arrest warrants and subpoenas as required.
Patrols assigned areas of the grounds and make the required
reports by telephone, radio, or other means of communications.
Acts to prevent fires, theft, and other damage to property and
Maintains order in the buildings and on the grounds.
Regulates and controls vehicular traffic and parking at designated
areas and enforces motor vehicle laws on grounds.
Appears and testifies in court as required.
Takes needed action as to suspicious persons and conditions
and reports significant actions, occurrences, and conditions on
the grounds and in the buildings.
Notes and reports conditions which constitute a danger and/or
hazard and takes the actions necessary to assure orderly and
As assigned, investigates all reports of crimes and prepares reports.
May locate and return to the institution clients and patients who
Operates police communication equipment.
Obtains records and properly uses equipment, materials, and supplies.
Prepares simple, clear, accurate, informative, and legible reports.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information
systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Appointees must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years.
United States citizenship.
Graduation from high school or vocational school or possession
of an approved High School Equivalency Certificate.
Appointee 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.
NOTE: Appointees will be required to satisfactorily complete a
police training course approved by the Police Training Commission.
NOTE: Candidates certified from the eligible list for this title will
be required to undergo medical and psychological examinations
administered by the appointing authority. Any psychological, medical
or physical condition or defect which would prevent efficient
performance of the duties of the position, cause the appointee to
be a hazard to himself/herself or others, or become aggravated as
a result of performance of these duties, will be cause for rejection
and/or removal from the eligible list.
given by the appointing authority prior to appointment.
NOTE: Appointees will be required to be free of any disqualification
for appointment as a Police Officer per N.J.S.A. 2c: et. seq. and
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the statewide Law Enforcement Information and
Knowledge of emergency access routes for fire apparatus to
fire responses and techniques for sealing scenes for preservation
of arson evidence.
Knowledge of handling of clients and employees for fingerprinting
and photographing, specifically when dealing with hand or finger
Knowledge of the operation of a police computer terminal and the
regulations and privacy acts dealing with dissemination of criminal
Knowledge of the arrest and search and seizure laws in
Knowledge of the practical problems involved in noting and
reporting conditions which constitute angers or hazards and in
taking the action required to assure safe and orderly conditions
after a period of training.
Ability to recognize abnormal behavior and be able to effectively
control the situation when disturbed clients are involved.
Ability to recognize the critical areas of patrol within the various
institutions and facilities to provide security to clients and for
safeguarding of property.
Ability to recognize child abuse and distinguish it from
Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and
Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and apply to specific
cases, a large volume of laws, local ordinances, and police
rules and regulations.
Ability to deal courteously and effectively with varied types of
persons, individually and in groups, and to take and maintain
a firm and correct stand when controversies arise.
Ability to note significant conditions and facts.
Ability to remain calm and decisive in emergencies.
Ability to work harmoniously with associates and those engaged
in or concerned with the work of the institution.
Ability to do the work involved in the safeguarding of buildings
and property, the maintenance of order in the buildings and on
the grounds, and the control and regulations of vehicular traffic
Ability to prepare factual reports.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office,
or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
Appointees who successfully complete the 12-month training period
will be eligible for advancement, under Department of Personnel
procedures, to the title of Senior Police Officer, Human Services.
The inability of an employee in this trainee title to attain a level of
performance warranting advancement to a title listed above shall
be considered as cause for separation.
CODES: 99/FA99 - 55171 MER 09/13/08