NJ LEE Information

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by CCSTestPrep » Mon May 11, 2020 9:26 pm

Steps After Receiving LEE Results

Under the NJ Civil Service Commission, lists (e.g., LEE eligibles pool) are maintained for specified periods after a formal exam is announced and administered. Once the pool of eligibles is formed, candidates simply need to wait to be notified (certified) on an official hiring Certification. So after the test results are released . . .

Step 1 - Certification Card - A list is requested by a hiring jurisdiction and a certification card is sent to eligible candidates. This is not done until the hiring jurisdiction indicates they need a list to actually hire. The cards are generated by civil service and mailed out to a specified number of candidates. The jurisdiction is required to specify the number of candidates the jurisdiction would like to consider from civil service and not the whole list. For example, a town looking to hire 3 new officers might request a list of the top 30 candidates. The list that the town gets does NOT have the candidates' scores on it, only the candidate's Veterans Status and full Name in rank order. Disabled Vets are listed first, then Veterans, then Non-Veterans in rank order.

Step 2 - Letter of Interest - Each candidate who receives a Certification Card in the mail MUST respond in writing within 5 business days indicating that he or she is "interested" in the position. The card will actually provide a "Rank" for the candidate for that specific list. The card provides specific instructions for the candidate to follow including to whom to address the letter of interest (usually a government official - not the PD). While there is a strict timeline for the candidate to submit the letter of interest, the department has 6 months to act on the certification and a further extension can also be granted to extend the certification even longer. Many departments simply deal with the limited number of candidates at the very top of the certification and leave the remaining candidates who received the certification card wondering why they are not being contacted. This step can be very frustrating for the candidate if not contacted after submitting the letter of interest.

Step 3 - Application Completion - Eligible candidates are contacted by an official from the hiring police department to initiate the process. Some departments call in the whole group for a formal (orientation) meeting as a group, while most departments call in small groups or individuals to initiate the process. Each process is decided by the individual department, but usually follow the process described herein. The first formal step is most often the completion of a long-form Application/Background Packet that must be meticulously completed then submitted over a matter of days.

Step 4 - Background Investigation - Most civil service agencies will then begin a preliminary background check on the top candidates, while some will start with a preliminary interview. When submitting the long-form Application/Background Packet, the jurisdiction will commonly have the candidate sign several "Waiver" forms and subject the candidate to fingerprinting. During the background check, no stone is left unturned and nothing is off limits for the police background investigator. Juvenile records, expunged issues, psychological history, etc., all have exceptions for law enforcement background investigations and are not considered confidential.

Step 5 - Formal Interview - In a civil service hiring process, the Formal Interview commonly follows a significant part of the background investigation being completed, so the officials have as much information as possible during the interview. Civil service differs from most non-civil service hiring processes, because the hiring agency MUST consider the candidates in the order they appear on the list. For this reason, the hiring agency can't just conduct a preliminary interview and decide they don't like the candidate and eliminate him or her. For this reason, it is important to conduct a thorough background before the formal and final interview. Most candidates are eliminated from the list based on the background investigation before ever being interviewed formally.

Step 6 - Conditional Offer of Employment - After the background investigation and the formal interview, the department decides who will be offered the position. That then results in Conditional Offers of Employment being extended to the selected candidates. For some departments this is a formal process involving an actual written offer being given to the candidates. Other departments simply schedule candidates for the Psychological Assessment and Medical Assessment which is a de facto conditional offer of employment under the law. Only those who are being hired can be sent to the psych and medical. The concept of a "Conditional Offer" is based on the fact that the candidate is being offered the job "conditioned" on successfully completing the psychological assessment and medical assessment along with no further background issues which could eliminate the candidate prior to being sworn in. Those who are selected continue in the process of being sworn in and trained. Unfortunately, most departments do not communicate with the remaining candidates who have not been selected from that certification. Those remaining candidates are often left hanging with no information and hear of the new hires on social media.

Step 7 - Hiring / Return of Certification - Those who successfully complete the process are given a date to be sworn in. Once the police department hires, they then are responsible for "Returning" the completed certification to the civil service commission with a specific code listed for each candidate. Those hired will have an "Appointment" code, while those "removed" will have the very detrimental "Removal" code listed. A "Removal" is very bad as it negatively affects the candidates status moving forward in the overall "Eligibles Pool." Some candidates can also be "Bypassed" on the list but not removed. An agency is only permitted to "Bypass" two non-vets on the certified list, so those candidates will have a "Bypass" code on the return of the certification. A "Bypass" does not negatively affect the candidate moving forward, as he or she will appear in proper order on the next certification when issued. Unless directly advised by the department during the selection process, those who were "Removed" or "Bypassed" will commonly not know until two months (or more) later when a notice is mailed by the civil service commission advising the candidate of his or her "Appeal" rights. The hiring agency is required to submit documents at the time the return of certification is completed to support the negative action taken against a candidate on that certification. Beyond those who are Appointed, Removed, or Bypassed on the specific Certification, the remaining candidates who were not reached will simply be coded as such and will appear again on a future certification along with anyone who was bypassed. If a departments certifies several times during the life of the Eligibles Pool, candidates will notice that their "Rank" improves each time due to hires, removals, and withdrawals no longer appearing on the certification.

Above is the most common approach, but departments (within limitations) all have their own individualized variations.

All candidates should be aware of the the Police Training Commission (PTC) physical training requirements. Most civil service agencies do not conduct PT Assessments as part of their hiring process, but EVERY police academy recruit is REQUIRED to pass a five exercise assessment by week 6 of the academy or the recruit is dismissed. The assessment involves push-ups (at least 24), sit-ups (At least 28), vertical leap (at least 15 inches), 300 meter run (in at least 70.1 seconds), 1.5 mile run (in at least 15 minutes, 55 seconds). Even if a candidate cannot pass this assessment during a civil service hiring process, they still need to be hired because civil service recognizes that the candidate has a "Remedial" period of 6 weeks once in the academy. Many recruits from civil service agencies have been expelled from academies due to not passing the PT assessment. This is very uncommon with non-civil service agencies, as they commonly have PT assessments as part of their selection process.

I have included a page of information and the academy video regarding the exercises at: https://www.ccstest.com/new-jersey-pre- ... -required/
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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by Ddiaz12 » Wed May 13, 2020 3:41 pm

When does AA start sending certs ?

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by ata52189 » Wed May 13, 2020 4:25 pm

Ddiaz12 wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:41 pm
When does AA start sending certs ?
When the “AA” has a need to hire.

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by J52545 » Fri May 15, 2020 7:35 pm

Can anyone advise me what statewide means? My cert says statewide in nj. Does that mean I can be certed by any department in nj? I am in a chiefs town so I know they won't cert me.

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by CCSTestPrep » Sun May 17, 2020 2:00 pm

J52545 wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 7:35 pm
Can anyone advise me what statewide means? My cert says statewide in nj. Does that mean I can be certed by any department in nj? I am in a chiefs town so I know they won't cert me.
The NJ LEE exam scores create a "Statewide" eligibles pool from which the individual hiring lists are then created based on your residency and eligibility for the specific jurisdiction. You will only be certified (on a list) for the positions for which you are eligible. Since you live in a non-civil service town, you are eligible for county (your county) and state positions. You may also end up on other lists if a local jurisdiction opens up to the county or state. Likewise, some counties (usually corrections) open up to the state at times.
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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by Cars201 » Mon May 18, 2020 3:54 pm

Does anybody knows how many certs does Paterson pd send out during the test cycle?

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by CCSTestPrep » Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm

Cars201 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:54 pm
Does anybody knows how many certs does Paterson pd send out during the test cycle?
It is not uncommon for Paterson PD to certify 225+ on a single certification, since they go through so many when trying to hire. It can even be higher in numbers if they have a very large hiring round.
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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by Cars201 » Mon May 18, 2020 4:18 pm

CCSTestPrep wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Cars201 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:54 pm
Does anybody knows how many certs does Paterson pd send out during the test cycle?
It is not uncommon for Paterson PD to certify 225+ on a single certification, since they go through so many when trying to hire. It can even be higher in numbers if they have a very large hiring round.
I recieved a 76 on the exam. What are my chances of receiving a cert form the Paterson pd? I’m a Paterson resident.

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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by CCSTestPrep » Mon May 18, 2020 4:50 pm

Cars201 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 4:18 pm
CCSTestPrep wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Cars201 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:54 pm
Does anybody knows how many certs does Paterson pd send out during the test cycle?
It is not uncommon for Paterson PD to certify 225+ on a single certification, since they go through so many when trying to hire. It can even be higher in numbers if they have a very large hiring round.
I recieved a 76 on the exam. What are my chances of receiving a cert form the Paterson pd? I’m a Paterson resident.
If you are to have a chance at being certified with that score it would be toward the very end of the list if at all. Paterson PD does commonly make it through the 80's during the life of the scores.
Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.
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Re: NJ LEE Information

Post by Infantry90 » Mon May 18, 2020 4:55 pm

CCSTestPrep wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 4:50 pm
Cars201 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 4:18 pm
CCSTestPrep wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm


It is not uncommon for Paterson PD to certify 225+ on a single certification, since they go through so many when trying to hire. It can even be higher in numbers if they have a very large hiring round.
I recieved a 76 on the exam. What are my chances of receiving a cert form the Paterson pd? I’m a Paterson resident.
If you are to have a chance at being certified with that score it would be toward the very end of the list if at all. Paterson PD does commonly make it through the 80's during the life of the scores.
What are my chances of getting picked up by Paterson pd first round with a score of 91.8? I am a Paterson resident,thank you.

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