Legislation that would help out-of-work police officers find jobs awaits Governor Chris Christie's approval.

Approved by the Assembly on Thursday, the measure (A-3876) would exempt terminated police officers from retaking the police training course as long as they have been employed for five years from the date of their termination.

The bill is sponsored by Assembly members Craig Coughlin, Connie Wagner and Elease Evans. 

The goal of the measure is to make the job hunting process easier for officers laid-off for economic or efficiency reasons.  "Given the current economic times, our police officers should not have to worry about taking a course they have already gone through, in addition to finding a job," said Assemblywoman Wagner.

Under current law, a police officer experiencing a break in service of more than three years is required to retake the basic training course. 

"This will help police officers focus on the job search, without a timeline hanging over their heads," said Assemblyman Coughlin.

The measure passed in the state Senate earlier this year.