Paterson Police Department

"To Protect and Serve"

Becoming a Member of the Paterson Police Department

"Be the Difference You Want to See"

The Paterson Police Department hires under the rules and regulations of the New  Jersey Civil Service Commision. A candidate list is generated from those that pass the Law Enforcement Examination. In addition to the New Jersey Civil Service requirements, current local ordinance requires that the candidate taking the examination for the Paterson Police Department   be a resident of Paterson at the time of application and the time of appointment. Additionally applicants must: 

  • Be a U.S. Citizen 
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D
  • Possess a valid NJ drivers license 
  • Be between 18 - 35 years of age (some exceptions may apply)
  • Must take the NJ Law Enforcement Examination
  • Have good credit
  • Good Moral Character (based on contemporary Standards)
  • Good health to satisfy pension requirements
  • Literacy (read, write and speak the English language)
  • Free of criminal conviction involving moral turpitude
* Feel free to reach us at  973-321-1115 ext 1174 or ext 1582 for more information. 

** For more information on upcoming exams, please contact the Civil Service Commission at:

           New Jersey Civil Service Commission
           44 South Clinton Avenue
           Trenton, NJ 08625


For Civilian Positions contact the City of Paterson Division of Personnel


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Paterson Police Department 

111 Broadway

Paterson NJ 07505

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