Duties, Responsibilities and Selection Process


The general responsibilities of a Patrol Officer-Delaware Memorial Bridge include responding to calls for service, enforcing traffic and criminal laws, and operating police vehicles when on routine patrol. 
  • Participate with co-workers and supervisors in the advancement of the troop’s goals and objectives
  • Complete assigned and self-initiated workloads
  • Required to efficiently analyze and organize information and evidence obtained during traffic and criminal investigations for prosecution purposes
  • Deliver emergency services to the public by responding to calls for service safely and promptly and by providing assistance to those in need
  • Protect the public, co-workers and themselves from harm and injury by following established safety and security practices and by correcting and/or reporting safety and/or security hazards or risks
  • Required to exercise discretion in the use of deadly and non-deadly force
  • Required to arraign a defendant, as well as testify in court
  • Able to make NCIC, DELJIS, SCIC and CAD inquiries and conduct a full traffic collision investigation (i.e. interview witnesses, sketch and measure collision scenes, determine contributing factors and identify violations, etc.)
  • Must possess the physical ability necessary to engage in physical confrontations using offensive and defensive tactics to subdue combative subjects
  • Normally required to work a 12-hour rotating shift and adapt to irregular working conditions
  • Required to write different types of reports, including traffic reports, summonses and arrest reports
  • Able to identify public utility problems and report other road hazards
  • Assist motorists in need of assistance or to perform traffic direction and control
  • Utilize a variety of equipment in the performance of their job duties, including an automobile, communications center equipment, baton, breath testing instrument, computer terminal, fire extinguisher, flashlight, handcuffs, portable radio, police car radio, radar/laser unit, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, body armor and photographic equipment
  • May instruct suspects on the process to obtain an attorney, enforce court orders, respond to civil disputes, and testify in Family Court
  • Prepare search warrants, collect evidence, and inventory stolen property
  • May have to stand/walk continuously for more than one-half the work shift and walk on narrow, elevated surface. Prepare interdepartmental memorandums and daily operational reports, as well as maintain daily equipment. Clean and inspect firearms and perform random equipment inspections  
  • Knowledge of laws and departmental rules/regulations/procedures, as well as other resource materials
  • Knowledge of weapon craft and must demonstrate usable knowledge of court decisions
  • Skilled in the use of firearms, as well as non-lethal weapons
  • Ability to drive in both emergency and non-emergency conditions
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, cope with stressful situations and evaluate a situation, respond correctly and apply appropriate discretion and common sense
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Minimum uncorrected vision not greater than 20/200 in each eye and correctable with lenses to 20/20 in each eye. Able to distinguish between the colors of red, green and amber
  • Height and weight in proper proportion. Must be in excellent cardiovascular physical condition
  • Bachelor’s degree from and accredited college or university; OR
  • An Associate’s degree, or at least sixty (60) college credit hours, or ninety (90) quarter credits from an accredited college or university AND at least two (2) years of satisfactory employment indicating the maturity of the applicant; OR  Thirty (30) college credits, or forty five (45) quarter credits from an accredited college or university with either two (2) years of active duty military service; or one (1) year as a full time Delaware or New Jersey certified police officer
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • Certified police officers with at least one (1) year of experience preferred. An evaluation of all courses and hours completed in the applicant’s academy will be evaluated to determine the applicant’s eligibility in the selection process
  •  This is a bargaining unit position represented by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14.
The selection process consists of several pass/fail components. Applicants must successfully pass each component in order to advance in the process. These components are:
  • Entry Level Written Examination
  • Records check
  • Preliminary Physical Fitness Evaluation
  • Oral Panel Interview
  • Colonel Interview
  • Complete Background Investigation
  • Medical Examination
  • Cardio-Kinetics Examination (All candidates are required to pass a physical fitness evaluation consisting of Aerobic Power, Abdominal Muscular Endurance, Upper Body Strength, and Grip Strength). It is recommended that candidates actively participate in an aggressive fitness program prior to the test.
  • Polygraph Examinations (Criminal and Medical)
  • Psychological Examination
Failure on any of the above components will result in removal from the selection process.  Therefore, you may re-apply for the next selection process, once a new job opening is posted.
The Delaware River & Bay Authority Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes you to explore job opportunities with us at any of our facilities.