Sheriff’s Office and Union County Office on Women Encourage Women to Apply for Sheriff’s Officer Positions

Union County, NJ — The Union County Office on Women, in conjunction with the Union County Sheriff’s Department, is urging women who are seeking a rewarding career in law enforcement with a progressive police agency to sign up for the Law Enforcement Examination for the position of Sheriff’s Officer.

Applications for the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) are available online from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 at The examination is the first step in becoming part of the Union County law enforcement family.

“It is important to have diversity in the ranks and for our officers to reflect our community.  By actively encouraging women to take the exam, we can increase the number of women eligible to be hired,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.  The Union County Office on Women was created as part of the 2016 county initiatives.

“Women are integral to the operations of a modern law enforcement agency,” said Union County Sheriff Joseph P. Cryan. “They bring a unique dynamic to law enforcement, and they can be outstanding communicators with interpersonal skills that are needed in many situations. We are looking for good, qualified candidates, and we certainly encourage women to apply.”

According to the civil service description, Sheriff’s Officers perform one or more functions in the following areas: maintaining order and security in the courtroom, serving court processes, criminal identification, ballistics, investigations, apprehension of violators of the law; forensics and other related assignments which may include Emergency Management.

Sheriff’s Officers may also be assigned to perform other law  enforcement or public safety related duties outside the parameters of a courtroom environment, which may   include criminal investigations, patrol duties, dispute intervention/resolution, public safety/service assistance, traffic control and enforcement, motor vehicle accidents, etc., and/or other assignments as determined by the appointing authority.

Becoming a member of the Union County Sheriff’s Office begins with the online application to take the civil service examination. For further questions please contact Lieutenant George Kurz, 908-527-4954.

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