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Being a police officer in Barnegat is a highly coveted and rewarding job which offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and a pension plan.

Like many things in life, becoming a Barnegat Police Officer starts with a great deal of preparation and effort on the part of the prospective employee. Employment in the law enforcement profession is highly competitive. Successful applicants are often those who have put the most effort into their education and physical conditioning.

The hiring process includes a written test, physical fitness test, and oral interview.

The following bullets highlight areas which are critical to successfully completing the application and testing process.


Barnegat officers need to know a staggering amount of laws, court rulings, department policies, and operating procedures. Because of this, the study skills, problem solving abilities, and knowledge acquired by college educated applicants is highly regarded. Accordingly, Barnegat Police applicants are required to have either (1) a bachelor’s degree signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university, or (2) an associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university along with two years of satisfactory employment, or (3) have completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university plus at least two years of active military service with an honorable discharge.

And while you might think that we are looking for degrees in the field of Criminal Justice, in actuality we are looking for well-rounded individuals—no particular area of study is valued over another.

Physical Fitness:

Police work is a physically demanding job which requires a physically fit officer. In addition, only an applicant in good physical condition will be able to complete the demanding physical training program at the Ocean County Police Academy.  Because of this, only applicants who can pass a rigorous physical test are considered for employment.
Click here to view our Physical Agility Test Preparation Guide.

In order to encourage applicants to properly prepare for future tests, we have included a description of our entrance physical which is administered as part of the testing process. While the test is extremely challenging, anyone can pass it with the right amount of dedication and effort.

Police Officer Job Description

Barnegat Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer