The Garwood Police Department has an opening for a new officer as Capt. James Pipala is retiring May 1.
"I would like to have an officer hired in March, trained in April and ready for the road May 1," Garwood Police Chief Bruce Underhill told Patch. "Since we do not have a current promotional list in place, I presented the Police Committee a timetable for promotional testing, promotions, and the hiring of an officer to replace Captain Pipala."
Additionally, the department is currently one man low from normal staffing level due to three retirements (only two new hires) in 2011.
"I have approached the Police Committee about filling this vacancy as well with an alternate route class graduate," said Underhill. "The alternate route class graduates in December of 2013. This will bring us back to 16 officers and 4 dispatchers which was our prior full compliment."
The department recently listed the job posting below:
The Borough of Garwood is located in the center of Union County New Jersey. Once known as the industrial hub of Union County, our Borough has transitioned to a more commercial based suburban community. Our Department has served and protected our residents and visitors to our community since 1906. With a patrol area of .75 square miles,we serve approximately 4500 residents and have roughly 1750 households. Our Department is comprised of 15 sworn Law Enforcement professionals including the Chief of Police and 4 civilian dispatchers.
The Garwood Police Department, maintains order, preserves and protects the lives, peace and property of the citizens of Garwood by vigorously patroling the Borough enforcing the Laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Borough of Garwood. The members of this agency are sworn to support the Constitution of the United States and the State of New Jersey.
Additional Information Resumes are being accepted for the position of Police Officer. Anticipated hiring date is March or early April 2013. N.J. Police Training Commission Basic Police Certificate required. Past experience preffered.
Contact Information James Wright
Garwood Police Department
403 South Avenue
Garwood, New Jersey 07027