The two types of Law Enforcement positions available within the Sheriff's Office are Sheriff's Officer and Correctional Officer. The minimum requirements to apply for a position is as follows:

  • Must be 18 years of age;

  • A Citizen of the United States;

  • Be eligible for membership in the retirement system by meeting all of the necessary state pension system requirements, be of mental and bodily health sufficient to satisfy the NJ Police and Fire Retirement System's Board of Trustees;

  • Able to read, write and speak the English Language well;

  • Be of good moral character and free from conviction of any crime constituting an indictable offense or any crime where the offense involves moral turpitude;

  • Able to successfully pass a written exam administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and able to pass oral, physical and psychological examinations as may be approved by the Sheriff and meet essential job performance requirements;

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent;

  • A holder of a valid New Jersey Driver’s License;

  • Meet all the requirements of NJSA; 40A:14-122 to NJSA; 40A:14.127;

  • Be a resident of Cape May County.

To be eligible for either position, you must first file a LAW ENFORCEMENT SERIES APPLICATION with the New Jersey Civil Service Commission to take the examination for these positions. We hire only from the pool of eligible candidates that are generated from this examination. Your score and ranking on this eligibility list will remain active for a period of two years and you can not retest until the expiration of that list.

To file for the examination, you must check with local Law Enforcement Agencies, Libraries or Post Offices between the months of June and August. You can also log onto the New Jersey Civil Service Commission web site at www.state.nj.us/csc/ for job bulletins and announcements on Law Enforcement Titles. You may also contact the New Jersey Civil Service Commission directly at their information number (609) 292-4144. Note: The test is only issued every two years.

Complete the application and pay the fee to take the Civil Service test.

A notification to take the test will be mailed to you by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission within about three months.

When you have completed the exam, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission will send you a notification advising you of the results of your test and if you passed you will be placed on the eligibility list.

When the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office has an available position, we will call for a list of eligible candidates and you may be notified by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission depending on your placement on the list.

If you receive a notification of eligibility, follow the instructions carefully to notify Civil Service and this agency of your intent.

After you have completed the notification of intent, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office will contact you with further instructions on our application process.

Any presently employed Law Enforcement personnel seeking to relocate to Cape May County and is interested in a position with our agency either as a Sheriff's Officer or Corrections Officer must contact the New Jersey Civil Service Commission for evaluation.

The Cape May County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer which fully and actively supports Equal Access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, National Origin or Disability.

Revised on June 22, 2020

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