GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Clark Police Department Recruitment Plan is to attract qualified individuals to pursue a career with the Clark Police Department. The objective is to achieve an overall racial and gender composition of the Department that is representative of the community that the Department serves through the Department’s recruiting activities. The goals and objectives will be accomplished through various recruitment activities listed in the Recruitment Activities Section of this plan.
The Clark Police Department is a New Jersey Civil Service Commission jurisdiction and must adhere to New Jersey State Statutes and Administrative Code in its recruitment and selection process.
Clark has a Union County residency preference in all hiring matters. Applicants must be a bona fide resident of Union County at the time of the closing date of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission Entry Level Law Enforcement Officer Test. Once Union County residents have been exhausted from the Civil Service Certification List, the State of New Jersey list may be used. The Chief of Police is responsible for the Recruitment Plan.
The Recruitment Plan is prepared considering the current economic conditions in New Jersey where there are officers that have been laid off due to budgetary constraints. Those officers may be the first recalled for employment pursuant to New Jersey State Statutes and Administrative Code. Furthermore, laid off officers from Clark and other jurisdictions listed on the “Rice List,” may be considered for employment pursuant to New Jersey State Statutes and Administrative Code and the normal competitive testing selection and recruitment process is bypassed.
The Township of Clark is an equal opportunity employer in all facets of the personnel process.
The demographics composition of the Clark Township service area and agency are represented in the following table:
Current Sworn Officers
Current Sworn Officers
1. Not included in total population or % number.
Objective #1: When applicable, contact the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission and obtain the “Rice list” of eligible officers who were laid off from Clark and other jurisdictions.
Activities include but are not limited to:
Conducting interviews with eligible laid off officers in an effort to employ such officers as to meet the agency’s recruiting goals.
Objective #2: Make maximum use of the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission Intergovernmental Transfer Program to recruit and attract female and minority applicants.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- Post future openings for sworn positions on the State of New Jersey Intergovernmental Transfer Program website.
- Inform local minority and women’s law enforcement groups when searching for sworn transfer candidates.
Objective #3: Identify and maintain contact with local minority organizations and social support groups including, but not limited to educational, religious, ethnic, racial and gender-based organizations.
- Activities include but are not limited to:
- Provide recruitment brochures and materials to educational, religious, ethnic, racial, and gender-based organizations.
- Utilizing a diverse team for community and recruiting events.
- Contact the local Board of Education to seek permission to address high school students to interest them in a career with the agency following completion of their formal education.
- Attend Career Days at local schools and community colleges.
- Draft, print, and distribute informational brochures that may attract qualified candidates to the agency.
- Make maximum use of the Clark Township Website to attract qualified candidates to the agency.
REVIEW & EVALUATION
- The Chief of Police shall conduct an annual review of the Recruitment Plan.
- As a result of the annual review, if necessary, the Recruitment Plan shall be revised if the goals and objectives are not achieved.
The service population statistics are based on the United States Census Bureau as of April 2020. Please see: