Dancer bill improving State Police recruiting moves forward

Dancer bill improving State Police recruiting moves forward

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Recruiting new troopers to the State Police will be easier under a bill (A5074/S3265) passed by an Assembly panel Monday. Sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, the proposal would allow members of the State Police Retirement System to buy back time spent working in law enforcement for another state or the federal government, allowing them to retire up to five years sooner.

“Recruiting has become more difficult for the State Police,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “This is an incentive to increase the number of honorable officers who serve and protect us. The bill addresses the recent alarming decline in qualified applicants to become State Police.”

The 2021 recruiting deadline was met with an unusually low number of qualified applicants – below 3,000. In a typical year, the State Police would receive between 15,000 and 20,000 applications.

“Potential recruits see how difficult the job is becoming due to negative portrayals of police and increasing violence and disrespect for law enforcement in too many communities. This important job is becoming less enticing, and our bill is an effort to counteract that,” Dancer finished.