Minimum requirements to become a Correctional Officer with the New Jersey Department of Corrections include: be a citizen of the United States and a New Jersey state resident, at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, sufficient ability to read and write English, possess a New Jersey driver’s license, be eligible to possess a firearm, and be able to pass a urinalysis drug screen.
Additionally, you must be able to pass a background check that includes investigation of your employment history, driving history, and criminal history including domestic violence. Included in the background investigation are interviews and visits to your residence and employer.
A supplemental questionnaire is available for viewing here. You must be willing to comply with all statements in order to become a Corrections Officer.
You are also required to have a thorough medical examination consisting of blood work, vision and hearing tests, and a chest x-ray and EKG. You will be given a written psychological examination and an interview with a psychologist.
Once you become a Correction Officer Apprentice, you will attend the NJ Police Training Commission course, a 14-week training course conducted at the Correctional Staff Training Academy. There you will receive college level courses on topics such as: criminal law, Constitutional issues, communication, sociology, and correctional procedures. There will be tests and written assignments. You will receive instruction in physical education and self-defense, and participate in running and strength building exercise. Instruction will include firearms training and you will be required to meet safety and weapons qualifications.
You will be promoted to Correction Officer Recruit after successfully completing the Academy course, and have a working test period for one year.
You may go the New Jersey Department of Corrections webpage to search for job openings.
For more information, please contact the New Jersey Department of Personnel, entry level law enforcement positions line at: (609) 292-8668.