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Middletown Now Hiring Special Law Enforcement Officers For Schools

Patch logo Patch 6/24/2022 Carly Baldwin
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MIDDLETOWN, NJ — If you would like to work as an armed Class III special law enforcement officer in Middletown schools, the Township is now hiring.

In an effort to secure enough qualified Class III officers by August, the Middletown Police Department is currently accepting applications through Friday, July 8 to sufficiently staff the schools. Among the requirements for the position, applicants must possess a Police Training Commission (PTC) S.L.E.O. IIICertification or be eligible for a waiver. Also, candidates must be a retired officer who has previously served as duly qualified, full-time law enforcement officer in any municipality, county, agency of New Jersey, bi-state agency, or federal agency, with a gap in service not exceeding three (3) years.

At the June 6 Middletown Township Committee meeting, the Township Committee unanimously approved a shared services agreement with the Middletown Board of Education to hire Class III Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs) to work in the 16 public schools in the Middletown school district.

“The horrific tragedy at Ross Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas demonstrated the need for all districts to increase police security at our schools,” said Middletown Mayor Tony Perry. “Public safety is always our top priority, and this effort will serve as a model across New Jersey.”

Immediately after the horrific shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, Middletown Police immediately increased patrols as of June 1 across the school district.

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Armed Class III special law enforcement officers will be in all public schools beginning this September.

"The safety and well-being of our students, school faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and a top priority for this agency," said Middletown Police Chief R. Craig Weber.

The application period has been extended to July 8. Interested candidates should submit an application, a resume to include additional training applicable to the position as a SLEO III and a cover letter to the Chief of Police R. Craig Weber.

Visit to download an application or pick one up by appointment at Police Headquarters, located at 1 Kings Highway, Middletown. Class III duties are limited to school hours. Completed applications and materials must be submitted by mail, hand-delivery, or e-mail no later than July 8 2022 to Sgt. Steven Keller,

Middletown school superintendent Mary Ellen Walker said: “The Middletown Public School District has a very comprehensive and effective security plan, which we are continually enhancing. We are very pleased to be adding Class III officers to that plan. Their presence in our schools will provide another layer of protection for our students and staff, and promote a safe and positive school climate.”

Middletown school Board President Frank Capone said:

“We are fortunate to have officers who relate well with our youth and can offer our students and staff the feeling of protection they deserve. We have been and always will be committed to the safety of the schools and our community. I'm very happy and proud the board decided to take this step collaboratively with the township and our administration."

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