Mantua Township Police Department

405 Main StreetPicture8
Mantua, NJ 08051

The Township of Mantua was originally part of Greenwich Township, and broke away as a separate township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on 23 February 1853.  Mantua Township is located in the center of Gloucester County, just south of the County Seat of Woodbury.  The township is surrounded by Greenwich and West Deptford Townships to the north, Wenonah Borough, Deptford Township, and Washington Township to the east, Pitman Borough and Glassboro Borough to the south, and Harrison Township to the southwest.
Mantua Creek is believed to have been named after the Native American word “manta”, meaning frog, whose loud yell occurs annually in the area and is very recognizable.  Mantua Creek was the chief source of navigation and transportation for both the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans and early settlers.

The first town meeting was held on 9 March 1853 where Joseph Norris, John Haines, and Elijah Chew were appointed to the position of “Overseer of the Poor and Constables”.  In the early 1900s the state passed legislation enabling municipalities to appoint special officers.  On 22 March 1917 the Township Committee organized a temporary special police department using members of the Township Fire Departments.  The “Committee on Public Safety” was also formed to oversee the police force.  The Police Chief was chosen, often being the current Fire Chief or Company President.

On 9 July 1968 the current Police Department was formed by an ordinance.  Thomas Connell was selected, with the help of the Police Chief’s Association, to serve as the first Chief of Police of the department, where he served until his retirement in 1980.  Since then there have been three additional Chiefs – Ronnie Walker, Graham Land, and Rodney Sawyer (current Chief).  Currently the department consists of 26 sworn Officers and two civilian Police Clerks.

Recruitment Officer

Lt. Darren White

Agency’s Basic Requirements and Application Process

In order to be considered for the position, applicants must be Police Training Commission (PTC) certified with the ability to attend the additional training required to obtain a waiver to full time status (if needed), 21 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, of mental and bodily health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of NJ that s/he would be eligible for membership in the retirement system, able to read, write, and speak the English language well and intelligently, of good moral character and free from conviction of any crime constituting an indictable offense or any crime or offense involving moral turpitude, able to pass such written, oral, physical, medical, and psychological examinations as may be approved by the department as well as meet essential job performance requirements, a graduate from high school or have formal education showing attainment of the level represented by graduation from high school (those with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree are given additional points in the process), hold a valid NJ driver’s license, and meet the requirements of N.J.S. 40A:14-122 to N.J.S. 40A:14-127. Applicants must have already satisfied any costs associated with academy training with their current or former employer.

Examination Procedure:

Phase I
Candidates will be supplied with an initial application from the Township of Mantua which will be evaluated to determine if the applicant meets the specified minimum criteria.

Phase II
Candidates will be requested to submit to a written test administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. A passing score of 70% will be required to continue. Those who pass will be ranked in order from highest to lowest using the scores provided by the testing agency.

Those applicants passing the written test will be requested to submit to a physical test at a location to be determined. Prior to beginning the physical tests, candidates will need to return a “Physician’s Clearance Form”, which will be supplied by this department, certifying that a medical doctor has cleared them for physical activity. A signed prescription blank may be used in its place, but the Physicians Clearance Form with the candidate’s signature will still need to be returned along with it. The tests will consist of a vertical jump, 1 rep max bench press, 1 minute max sit-ups, 300 meter run, 1 minute max push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. A passing score of 60% will be required to continue as determined by the Cooper Institute Law Enforcement Fitness Norms. Those who pass will be ranked in order from highest to lowest score according to established guidelines.

Those passing the minimum standards set forth above will continue to an oral board interview conducted by a selection committee made up of members of the Mantua Township Police Department, who will consider all of the above to make a list of potential hires.

Phase III
The top candidates will be provided with a personal history questionnaire that will be thoroughly evaluated. The amount of questionnaires given out is determined based on the amount of officers we are looking to hire. A check for inconsistencies or blatant omissions that are deemed to be an attempt to prevent discovery of a material fact will be immediately disqualified. A check of the applicant’s fingerprints for a criminal record, driving history, references supplied, NJ Central Drug Registry, and NJ Domestic Violence Central Registry will be conducted for all potential hires.

Final Selection
Pending the successful outcome of the above, the selection committee will make a recommendation for hiring to the Chief of Police. Those selected for hiring will also need to pass a drug screening and psychological evaluation.

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