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Union County residents invited to attend law enforcement job fair, February 2.

Union County, NJ – January 28, 2022 — The Union County Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with state and local officials, invites residents to attend a recruiting session for open positions with the Union County Sheriff, Union County Division of Police, Elizabeth Police Department, New Jersey Transit Police and Port Authority Police.

The recruiting session is an in-person event to be held on Wednesday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Erxleben Recreation Center, 513 Richmond Street in Elizabeth.

Pre-registration is required online at ucnj.org/recruitment. Attendees should wear attire appropriate to an interview. COVID-19 safety rules apply at this event and face masks are required.

“We encourage Union County residents to come to the law enforcement job fair and learn what opportunities there are to make a career in this rewarding and challenging field. We place a high value on individuals who make a lifelong commitment to contribute to the safety and wellbeing of our community and I hope many will come out and see what there is to offer,” said Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca Williams.

“A career in law enforcement is one of the most meaningful ways in which an individual can have a positive and lasting impact on the whole community.  This can only be achieved when residents see police officers that truly reflect the population.  Today is a great step forward in our commitment as a state to rebuild that trust in our public servants.” said Senate President Nick Scutari.

“Union County is proud to provide law enforcement services that protect and serve the community,” said Senator Joseph Cryan. “I highly encourage members of the community to come out to the recruiting event and see if law enforcement is the right path for them.”

“I would like to thank our elected officials and the Elizabeth Branch of the NAACP for putting this event together, said Earl Graves, Police Director, City of Elizabeth. “This will be an excellent outreach opportunity that will be inclusive to all of our diverse residents.” 

“The Housing Authority of The City of Elizabeth (HACE) is pleased to support the endeavors in providing a forum for interested candidates to apply for careers in law Enforcement in and around our community. We recognize the importance of hosting a successful recruitment opportunity but also know there are tremendous challenges set before us that require effort, experimentation and a commitment to continuous improvement of approaches.  We are hopeful that the outreach we make today from within our community of residents will make a difference tomorrow for all communities!”

“I have heard numerous complaints about our law enforcement not having enough African American and people of color as officers, so we see the need to get the word out to as many as we can who may not have considered a career in law enforcement,” said Shawn McClain, President of the Elizabeth Branch NAACP. “The NAACP’s role is to expose opportunity to the people and we are happy in taking a lead in collaboration with the County, City and State on a much needed initiative.”

“We need help representing every corner of this county and are looking for applicants who have always dreamed of serving and protecting their community,” said Sheriff Peter Corvelli. “A career in law enforcement is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have and this is a chance for those to come out, apply and work to represent the great county we live in.”

The Law Enforcement Job Fair is a collaborative initiative partnering the Commissioner Board with New Jersey Senate President Nicholas Scutari, New Jersey Senator Joseph Cryan, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth Branch NAACP President Sawn McClain, and the Elizabeth Housing Authority.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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