Police scholarships will help residents become officers in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Interested in joining the Hillsborough Police Department? There are scholarships to contribute to this.

The Somerset County Board of Commissioners has created a scholarship program of up to $500,000 to help county residents attend the police academy with guaranteed employment in a local law enforcement department, such as Hillsborough , once the program has been successfully completed.

“For many young people, the expense and time involved in becoming a police officer makes their dream of serving and protecting the public inaccessible,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “By removing time and financial barriers to law enforcement employment, we hope to help local services build diverse and skilled forces that not only reflect their community, but with officers who live in the community.”

The scholarships are funded by the American Rescue Plan and overseen by the Somerset County Attorney’s Office. They will focus on diversifying local police forces to ensure they reflect the local community, according to the county.

Five local police departments have committed to offering two years of employment to candidates who successfully complete their training. These departments include Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Far Hills, Hillsborough and North Plainfield.

Residents applying for the scholarships must be 21 years of age, U.S. citizens residing in Somerset County, speak and write English, have completed at least an associate’s degree or 60 college credits, be of sound mind, and body and able to pass a written, physical and medical examination administered by the Somerset County Attorney’s Office.

“This program was not created to execute a consent decree or because of bad publicity, but because of the Commissioners’ strong commitment that Somerset County law enforcement accurately reflects the makeup of our citizens and residents,” Somerset County Attorney John P. McDonald said. “We will be placing young police officers in five of our major towns in Somerset County, and I look forward to continuing this work with the tremendous support of the commissioners.”

The program is based on a model developed by Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo. Over the past three years, Russo has been able to diversify the department.

“It was Sheriff Russo’s early success in building a dynamic, talented and responsive office that gave us the idea for this law enforcement scholarship program,” Robinson said. “Being able to use this model to support local police departments expands our commitment to rebuilding vital trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

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