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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco to Help Counties Fill Entry-Level Sheriff and Correction Officer Openings with Diverse, Trained Candidates

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s and correctional officers positions from civil service examinations was approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Tony Bucco’s legislation that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s and correctional officers positions from civil service examinations was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

Under the bipartisan bill, S-4099, a candidate who has successfully completed a full Basic Course for Police Officers training at a school authorized by the New Jersey Police Training Commission would be exempt from testing.

“Our county sheriff’s and correction officers should reflect the communities they serve. This bill will help fill vacancies with qualified officers of various backgrounds and cultures without the long delays associated with civil service testing,” said Bucco (R-25). “If enacted, counties will find it easier and faster to fill these career-oriented positions with well-trained, prepared and diverse officers.”

Earlier in the legislative session, a similar bill (S-3220) was approved and signed into law that allowed the same Civil Service exemption for law enforcement officers who had completed the Basic Course for Police Officers as well.

Bucco’s bill expands the intent of the earlier measure, emphasizing the inclusion of county sheriff’s officers and correctional police.

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