Police Department

Hiring Notice

Class III Special Police Officer



            The Rockaway Township Police Department is seeking professional, qualified and energetic applicants for the position of Class III Special Police Officer who possess the department’s Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Service and Fairness. The Class III Special Police Officer shall conduct School Safety and Security duties within the Rockaway Township Schools.


Each appointment as a Class III Special Police Officer shall be for a part-time position, which shall terminate upon the passage of one calendar year from the date of each appointment. 


No Township paid health insurance, dental insurance, or prescription benefits will be made available to Class III Special Police Officers.   


            Minimum Qualifications:


  • Applicant must be a retired law enforcement officer who is less than 65 years of age, who served as a duly qualified, fully trained, full time officer in any municipality or county of this state or as a sworn member of the New Jersey State Police and was separated from that prior service in good standing within 3 years of appointment to this position.
  • Applicant must provide a letter of good standing from the Chief of Police/Officer in Command of the agency they retired from, including their dates of employment, type of retirement and good standing status.
  • Applicant must possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission Basic Police Officer Certificate or New Jersey State Police Academy Certification. 
  • Applicant must be physically capable of performing the functions of the position, determined in accordance with the Police Training Commission. 
  • Applicant must be a resident of the State of New Jersey and possess a valid New Jersey Driver’s License.   
  • Applicant must be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently and must possess a High School Diploma or its equivalent.   
  • Applicant must be of good moral character and must not have been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or which would make him/her unfit to perform the duties of the position. 
  • Applicant must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation, medical examination, psychological examination, drug screening examination and oral interview. 
  • Applicant must be N.J. School Resource Officer certified within the first year of employment. 



The salary for the Class III Special Police Officer shall be $30.00 per hour (max of $225.00 per day) and he/she shall work a schedule up to 37.5 hours during a 5 day week for a maximum of 180 days. A "work day" shall consist of 8 hours, inclusive of an unpaid 30 minute break which shall be taken at a time authorized by the Board of Education. 


The Class III Special Police Officer shall only work when school is in session and/or in accordance with a schedule to be determined by the Board of Education. Although announcing the position at this time, successful candidates will begin employment at the start of the 2019/2020 school year. 


            Preference may be given to retired officers who previously served in a capacity as a School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E or L.E.A.D Officer.


Interested applicants must submit a resume and an online application at www.rockawaytownship.org


The Township of Rockaway is an equal opportunity employer.


Message from Mayor Puzio

As Mayor, and on behalf of the Rockaway Township Council and Police Department, I want all to know that the Rockaway Township family is outraged at the inappropriate police conduct that resulted in the death of George Floyd. There is no place in a civilized and democratic society for such conduct that , without reason or just cause, threatens life or serious harm. We are fortunate that Rockaway Township government and our Police Department have established a good relationship with our citizens. We will continue to strive to maintain that open and trusting relationship

For many years our Police Department has maintained an excellent record of responsible law enforcement and adherence to appropriate guidelines concerning the use of force. We also respond immediately to any citizen concerns about the actions or conduct of any Police Department member.

We also join together to condemn the senseless violence that has followed in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. While respecting the right of peaceful public assembly, it is impossible to condone or justify the lawless behavior that has followed this tragedy.

It is even more unfortunate that all of this occurs in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic which has placed great stress on all elements of American Society.

I urge all of our citizens to join together in this difficult time and ask that all pray for the recovery of our country from all that it is facing.

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Rockaway Township Police Department


The Rockaway Township Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling (973) 945-9213 on Monday, May 18. 2020 between the hours of 1:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M..  Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.  Email comments can be sent to the police department at wryerson094@rktpd.org.

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Rockaway Township Police Department, 65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway Township, NJ, 07866.  Please contact Captain Wade Ryerson at (973) 625-4000 ext. 1094 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Rockaway Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J. Delgado, Ed.S., Accreditation Program Director, hdelgado@njsacop.org, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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Rockaway Township

Police Department
                 Protecting the Residents of Rockaway Township Since 1946
Rockaway Township is located in North Western Morris County and is approximately 47 square miles and home to over 22,000 residents.
The Township can be accessed by Routes 80, 46, 15 and 23. 
The Police Department consists of 53 sworn and 12 civilian men and women.  The Department is run by Chief Martin McParland Jr .

Police Lobby - 24 x 7
Records Division -
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Reports can be picked up between these times.  It is recommended you call first to verify if report is available for release.


Crisis Response Team Volunteers

Rockaway Township Police Department seeks Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team:  Applications available now.  You can help make a difference for others in crisis.  See the information sheet below

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Med Return
Drug Collection Bin

Help put a stop to the abuse of household prescription drugs.  If you have old prescription drugs lying around your household we have a safe place for you to discard them.  Located in the Police Department Lobby is a MED Return box that you can safely deposit these unwanted prescriptions.  Prescriptions can be dropped off 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.