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October 4, 2018 – Hiring of Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III (S.L.E.O. III).

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Township Police Department is currently accepting resumes for the position of Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III (S.L.E.O. III).

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must be a retired law enforcement officer 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 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.
  • Must be physically capable of performing the functions of the position, determined in accordance with the Police Training Commission.
  • Must possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission Basic Police Officer Certification or New Jersey State Police Academy Certification.
  • Must possess a valid New Jersey Driver License.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation to include a medical exam, drug screen and psychological exam.


Starting salary for the Class III Special Police Officer shall be $25.00 per hour and he/she shall work a part-time work schedule, to be determined.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Bridgewater Township Police Department
C/O Professional Development Bureau
100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Or electronically to: All resumes will be reviewed and only those applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted. Application deadline is 10/24/18.

Bridgewater Township Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants shall be given full consideration.

September 25, 2018 – S.M.I.L.E. Program

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Police Department is initiating the Surveillance Monitoring Initiative for Law Enforcement (S.M.I.L.E.) in order to build stronger community partnerships, add a powerful investigative resource and make our community even safer. Working together, we can take a   proactive approach to deter crime, reduce the fear of crime and identify perpetrators.

The S.M.I.L.E. Program is the Bridgewater Police Department’s newest crime prevention and investigative tool. The goal of the S.M.I.L.E. program is to deter crime and promote public safety through collaboration between our officers and the community by registering video surveillance cameras with our police department. Surveillance camera footage is an invaluable asset to our         department, helping to establish leads and identify suspects.

Registering your camera with S.M.I.L.E. Program not only helps to deter crime, but it also assists the Bridgewater Police Department in its overall crime prevention strategy. Similar programs have already taken root with other agencies across the nation, with countless success stories of how this program has helped their communities.

By voluntarily registering your contact information, officers will know how to reach you if a crime occurs in the vicinity of your property. Registering your information does NOT provide the  Bridgewater Police Department with direct access to your camera, or the ability to view your   footage without your consent. The only way our Department would be able to view your camera   footage is by you releasing it directly to us. Detectives or Officers will simply contact you if they believe your camera may have captured footage relevant to a criminal investigation.

All S.M.I.L.E. Program information is kept confidential. Residents and business owners who currently have cameras, or are looking to purchase cameras, can fill out the registration form to register their cameras with the S.M.I.L.E. Program. It only takes a few minutes to register.

August 27, 2018 – Fatal Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash on US 22

Bridgewater, NJ – On Saturday, August 26, 2018 at 2343 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to US 22 eastbound at the intersection with Country Club Road to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 23 year old, Chandler McCarthy, of Warren, New Jersey. McCarthy had been traveling east on US 22 in a 2012 Toyota Prius. The pedestrian was identified as 28 year old Shivangi Sharma. Sharma had been walking in the left lane of the roadway at the intersection of Country Club Road.   Sharma was transported to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville where she was pronounced dead.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Kevin Lamey of the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at 908-722-4111 ext. 4132, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

July 10, 2018 – Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash Bridgewater Commons Mall

Bridgewater, NJ – On Monday, 07/09/18 at approximately 3:20 pm, a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian occurred at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. The location of the crash was in Lot # 4, near the Macy’s merchandise “pick up” area. A 2017 Mazda driven by Chinmayi Parikh (age 33) of Piscataway NJ struck Marion Kelley (age 62) of Bedminster as she was walking in the parking lot.

**UPDATE**- 07/12/18

 The pedestrian that was struck has died due the injuries she had sustained.

 The motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Frederick Brittain at 908-722-4111 ext 4178.

July 4, 2018 – Duke Island Park Drowning

Bridgewater, NJ – On July 4, 2018 at approximately 4:04 pm, Bridgewater Police Officers responded to the Raritan River near Duke Island Park, in response to the report of a possible drowning. Upon the officer’s arrival, they entered the river and assisted removing the male victim, later identified as Fermin Franco (age 52) of Valley Stream NY. Officers initiated CPR and all lifesaving protocols. Bradley Gardens Fire Department, Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics arrived and continued providing medical aide, until the victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset (RWJUHS).

Officers received information that Franco was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on July 5, 2018.

This drowning appears to be accidental, but the incident is still under investigation.

June 14, 2018 – Incident at Bridgewater Commons Mall

Bridgewater, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bridgwater Township Chief of Police Alfred Nicaretta announce that on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:27pm Bridgewater Township Police responded to a fight in progress call at the food court located within the Bridgewater Commons Mall.  Bridgewater Mall security were able to seperate the individuals involved in the altercation  which continued onto the exterior parking lot area of the mall. As officers were responding, a call of shots fired was reported to police.  The report of shots fired is under investigation and has not been confirmed at this time. Bridgewater Police officers along with Detectives from the Bridgewater Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office are on the scene and conducting the investigation. There are no injuries to report at this time, no arrests or suspects have been identified. The area is secured by law enforcement.

June 6, 2018 – Bridgewater Police Joins “Project Medicine Drop”

Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater Township Police Department announces they have joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters, located at 100 Commons Way.

Today’s announcement makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Bridgewater Township residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription pain killers.

Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Bridgewater Township. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse by these prescription medications and provide them with the proper way of disposing of unwanted or expired prescription medications Bridgewater Township Police Chief Al Nicaretta said.

Residents may visit the Bridgewater Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused, expired or unused medications. Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the NJ Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure prescription drug drop boxes at Police Departments, Sheriff’s Offices and State Police Barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, expired or excess prescription medications. Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked.

By giving New Jersey residents a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply. More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations can be found at


May 30, 2018 – Hiring Notice




PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 20th, 2018 AT 9:00AM at the Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd. in Branchburg, NJ! MUST BRING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO THE TEST!

Upon successful completion of the Physical Fitness Test, you will be allowed to sit for the Written Examination.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 1ST, 2018 at 6:00PM at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School!



Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community’s citizens.


  • Patrol assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and
  • Township laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Determine the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent actions. such as making arrests and transporting prisoners,  Searching prisoners, collects personal effects and assures proper receipting and safeguarding of personal effects.
  • Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  •  Administers first aid and requests medical service.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations such as family dispute.
  • Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances.
  • Assists persons with complaints and inquiries or directs them to the appropriate authorities.
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accidents offenses and damage to property.
  • Performs pliminary investigative assignments on serious crimes.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects and subjects progress reports on cases under investigation.  Collects and documents evidence and may arrest suspects.
  • Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of.
  • Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.
  • May assist in the training of new officers.
  • Checks business and private property for security.  Investigates such conditions as  open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious places.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Federal and State laws, Township ordinances.
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law.
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system.
  • Civil and constitutional rights.
  • Department regulations, policies, procedures and general order.
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Police Officer – Operations Division

  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation.
  • Criminal case preparation and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and case preparation.
  • Crime scene management.


  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws.
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response.
  • Work courteously and tactfully with citizens and employees.


  • Salary earned while attending the police academy will be $800 bi-monthly
  • Salary earned after successful academy completion will be an annual salary of $48,083.00.
  • Annual College Incentives
    • Associate’s Degree- $600.00-$750.00.
    • Bachelor’s Degree- $1,200.00-$1,500.00
    • Master’s Degree- $1,500-$2,250.00
  • Medical and dental benefits.
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fire Retirement System


  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: at least 21 years of age at the time of initial application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: an applicant must have one of the following;
    • A bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    • An associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of satisfactory employment.
    • Completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
    • Completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
  • Applicants to the Bridgewater Township Police Department may be automatically disqualified for any of the following:
    • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or received an indictable conviction expungement.
    • A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
    • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance.
    • A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or employment.
    • If you were ever adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency refers to the commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
    • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you are currently on probation or have been on probation at any time within the last 12 months in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or the equivalent in another state.
    • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or once within 5 years in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other State.
    • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement agency in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
    • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order.
    • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office, position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment.
    • If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past 3 years.
    • If you, within the past 10 years, have possessed or used any other illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
    • If you have sold or given an illegal drug to any person in your lifetime.
    • If you have manufactured any illegal drug at any time during your lifetime.


  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness indicator test
  • Background investigation
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy.
  • Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, officers are assigned to a Field Training Program for the remainder of their probationary period.


  1. Warm up for at least three (3) minutes.
  2. Perform the 1-Minute Sit-up, and then recover for 5 minutes.
  3. Perform the 300 Meter Run, and then recover for 10 minutes.
  4. Perform the 1-Minute Push-up, and then recover for 5 minutes.
  5. Perform the 1.5 Mile Run, and then recover for 5 minutes.

Important Note: Applicants should recover through active techniques (walking, stretching, etc.). Applicants may be given more time in between events due to processing delays, but should not be given less time in between activities.


  • 1 Minute Sit-up: 28 repetitions
  • 300 Meter Run: 70.1 seconds or less
  • 1 Minute Push-up: 24 repetitions 
  • 1.5 Mile Run: 15:55 minutes or less

Equal employment opportunity shall be afforded to Township employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap. This shall apply to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, transfers, layoffs, terminations and benefits.

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May 29, 2018 – Road Construction US 202/206

Bridgewater, NJ – Be advised that on or about June 1, 2018 NJDOT will begin making improvements on Route 206 southbound in the vicinity of the I-287 southbound ramp. Work will be concentrated between the Garretson Road and Commons Way overpasses, which will require temporary traffic patterns and intermittent detours. The contractor is expected to work 7:00AM to 3:30 PM weekdays for a duration of 6 months.


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