On Thursday, February 4, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 3220 into law. This legislation allows the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry law enforcement position applicants who have successfully completed a full basic course for police officers from the civil service law enforcement requirements. A municipality must adopt an ordinance authorizing the hiring of such applicants as well as a conflict of interest and nepotism policy before permitting such a hire by the police department. This legislation primarily impacts civil service municipalities. P.L. 2021, c. 7 takes effect August 4, 2021, but the Civil Service Commission may take anticipatory administrative action in advance to implement this new law.
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