***Recruitment Update*** 


For those of you that are applying to our department for employment, the Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association will be having a Police Officer's Entry Level Exam in May.  This exam is used by 26 municipalities in the County to assist in hiring qualified applicants to fill open positions as police officers.  If you have not taken this test, or any other entrance examination, you should consider doing so.  The Deadline for applying is May 8th, 2023.  Candidates that have taken this exam and scored 80% or better will be given preference in our recruitment process.  However this is not required to be considered for employment with the Howell Township Police Department.


The link to the exam page is:  https://www.policeapp.com/Police-Associations/Monmouth-County-Police-Chiefs-Association/



Police Officer – SLEO 1 Officer, SLEO 2 Officer, SLEO 3 Officer

The Howell Police Department is a progressive, municipal law enforcement agency located in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Howell Township has approximately 55,000 residents within 63 square miles.  The Howell Police Department is a New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Hiring decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and department needs.


We are seeking motivated leaders with a strong work ethic to join our team of highly trained professionals committed to serving our community. You must also be devoted to building trust and confidence in a partnership with the community by equally, fairly and proactively enforcing laws. You must be dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community by protecting rights, freedoms, reducing crime and traffic crashes, promoting an atmosphere of safety and security, and addressing resident’s concerns.


The Howell Township Police Department is currently accepting resumes for the position of Police Officer as well as Special Law Enforcement Officer 1 (SLEO 1), Special Law Enforcement Officer 2 (SLEO 2), and Special Law Enforcement Officer 3 (SLEO 3). PTC Certified Class A officers will be given preference.   


Resumes will be accepted on a continual basis


Resumes may be emailed to recruiting@howellpolice.org  OR, mailed to:

          Howell Township Police Department

          Attn: Ms. Carlene Tanner

          P.O. Box 580

          Howell, N.J. 07731-0580


Resumes may also be submitted in-person by the applicant at police headquarters located at: 

300 Old Tavern Road, Howell, N.J.


Starting salary is competitive and is based upon training and experience. The Howell PBA 228 collective bargaining agreement can be found at http://www.perc.state.nj.us/publicsectorcontracts.nsf


Qualifications for appointment - No person shall be appointed a member of the Police Department unless he/she possesses the requisite qualifications prescribed by the applicable statutes of New Jersey and the entrance requirements as promulgated herein and unless:


•  He/she is a citizen of the United States.

•  He/she has complied with all residence requirements prescribed by state law.

•  He/she is sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police Retirement System of New Jersey that he/she is eligible to enter the retirement system.

•  He/she is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.

•  He/she is of good moral character. He/she is 21 years of age or older and under the age of 35 years.

•  He/she is physically and mentally sound and emotionally stable, and possesses the necessary ability to understand and obey orders and to perform the duties required of a member of the Police Department to the satisfaction of the appropriate authority.

•  Physically fit – PTC compliant physical assessment will be administered to all potential candidates.


Educational requirement - All applicants for initial appointment to the Police Department shall:

Be a high school graduate or the holder of an equivalent degree thereof recognized by the New Jersey State Department of Education; and


Have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or junior college or the holder of an equivalent degree thereof recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education; or

[Amended 5-6-2014 by Ord. No. 0-14-04]


Have at least 65 college credits and is actively working toward a bachelor’s degree. “Actively working toward” shall mean having earned 20 or more credits within the last 18 months prior to submission of the application or employment; or

[Added 6-13-2016 by Ord. No. 0-16-12]


Have at least two years of active military service; or

[Added 6-13-2016 by Ord. No. 0-16-12]


Have at least 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and have at least 12 months of active military service with an honorable discharge. Two or more years of Reserve or National Guard time does not meet this requirement unless the applicant was on active duty for at least 24 months.

[Added 6-13-2016 by Ord. No. 0-16-12]


There is no college requirement for special law enforcement officer employment.


Disqualifications from appointment. No applicant shall be considered for appointment to the Police Department who:


•  Lacks the established qualifications required for the position for which he/she has applied or been tested;

•  Is physically, mentally or emotionally unfit to perform effectively the duties of the position in which he/she seeks employment;

•  Is addicted to the habitual use of drugs or intoxicating liquors;

• Has been convicted of any indictable offense or who has been convicted of any crime or offense involving moral turpitude;

• Has been dismissed from any governmental service; or

• Has made false statements of a material fact or practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his/her application, in his/her test, or in securing his/her eligibility or appointment


If you are A CLASS A CERTIFIED OFFICER, SLEO1, SLEO 2, or SLEO3 and have filed an application or resume with us previously, you must resubmit your resume according to the aforementioned procedure.