SANATOGA PA – It’s occasionally a dangerous job; that’s certain. It’s not a cushy desk job; strenuous activity is required almost daily. It may be, however, one of the most exciting jobs available locally.
Lower Pottsgrove Township’s Civil Service Commission, with authorization from the Board of Commissioners, is advertising to hire a full-time officer for the police department.
Today (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013) is the first day applications for the position are being made available. They are ready for distribution when the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., unlocks its doors for business at 8 a.m.
Don’t go looking for them at the upper level main entrance, however. Applications will be found at the building’s lower-level-rear Police Department entrance, open Monday through Friday until 4 p.m.
The position is accompanied by strict qualifications:
- Applicants must be age 18 or older, be a United States citizen, and hold at least a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate that is a diploma-equivalent.
- They must be Pennsylvania-licensed drivers.
- They must be able to successfully complete written, oral, medical, psychological, physical agility and polygraph examinations. Completion of a thorough background investigation also is required.
- And before applying, they also must have completed and passed Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission Act 120 police certification; or be enrolled in a training course at the time they apply, with the understanding that they cannot be considered eligible for appointment unless they have completed and passed the course.
That last qualifier tends to somewhat separate contenders from pretenders.
For the successful candidate, the starting salary ranges from $47,500 to $60,000, and full benefits are provided.
Applications must be submitted with a $35 administrative fee by no later than March 15 (Friday) at 4 p.m. to the department. The township, the commission adds, is an equal opportunity employer.