TRENTON — The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today passed a bill sponsored by State Sen. Anthony Bucco to increase the number of military veterans working for the New Jersey State Police, which is experiencing historic turnover right now.
“The people of New Jersey can be better protected and served if the State Police has a clear path to hire more military veterans,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “With their vast and profound experiences in dangerous, life threatening and fast-paced environments, military veterans become some of the best law enforcement officers. Our heroes and heroines are just what the State Police needs right now to help address historic levels of turnover.”
The bill (S2807) requires the State Police to provide a hiring preference to military veterans. Currently at the local levels, veterans who take the Civil Service Commission’s entry level law enforcement exam are eligible for veteran’s preference.
An identical measure in the Assembly is still awaiting a committee hearing.
“I urge the Assembly to work with us in advancing this critical measure to give the State Police more resources in their effort to regenerate a full force,” Bucco concluded.
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