The Hillside Police Department appoints police officers in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Civil Service.  Residents of the Township of Hillside are appointed through the traditional examination process.  Qualified non-residents who are employed by other law enforcement agencies may be appointed through the Intergovernmental Transfer Program.  We cannot appoint graduates of "Alternate Route" programs unless they are residents of Hillside who have taken the Civil Service Examination.  

The following are minimum employment qualifications. Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of the United State
  • Be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Have a good reputation and be of sound moral character
  • Pass an intensive background investigation
  • Pass a comprehensive psychological examination, medical examination and screening for illegal drugs
  • Possess a valid NJ driver's license


The Hillside Police Department receives eligibility rosters from the New Jersey Department of Personnel and contacts eligible candidates when there are vacancies.  Qualified "Intergovernmental Transfer" candidates are invited to submit resumes at any time.  "Alternate Route" candidates are discouraged from sending resumes (we cannot appoint these candidates).

Any applicant who has intentionally made a false statement or practiced, or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in the initial application, in any examination, interview, application, or in securing eligibility for appointment will be rejected from the selection process. Any misstatement of fact is reason for disqualification for employment, and may be punished by law pursuant to N.J.S. 2C:28-2, 2C:28-3 and 2C:28-7.


For more information, see the New Jersey Department of Civil Service  website: //www.state.nj.us/csc/ 


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