[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 11-8-2007 by Ord. No. 24-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 53.
Policy and purpose. Members of the Police Department shall be permitted to accept employment as safety or security personnel for private businesses, contractors, other public entities and quasi-public sector organizations during off-duty hours, and at such times, will not interfere with the efficient performance of regularly scheduled or emergency duty for the Township. The Township's needs for said police officers shall always take priority over scheduled off-duty work for a private employer.
Authorization to employ off-duty police officers. Any person or entity wishing to employ off-duty police officers shall first obtain the approval of the Chief of Police or his designee. The Chief of Police or his designee shall withhold approval if the off-duty services to be performed are inconsistent with the efficient operation and professionalism of the Police Department; and/or unreasonably endangers or threatens the safety of the officer or officers who perform the work.
Upon approval of the off-duty services, the person or entity shall execute a written agreement with the Township, which agreement is acceptable to the Township Committee. Such agreement shall be executed prior to the commencement of service by any member of the Police Department.
Advanced payment of moneys. No member of the Police Department will perform any off-duty work prior to the payment of the full amount of compensation to the Township of Hanover by a private business, contractor, public or other quasi-public entity employer. Such fee shall include the flat rate administrative service fee adopted in the Township's current Salary Ordinance, as well as the cost established by the Township for the use of a police vehicle(s).
Payment to officers. The Township shall remit to the member of the Police Department performing such service a portion of said hourly rate. The balance of moneys received shall be retained by the Township for administrative expenses, all in accordance with the Township's current Salary Ordinance.
Except as described below, any person or private business, contractor, public entity or quasi-public entity requesting the services of an off-duty police officer shall estimate the number of hours required for the performance of off-duty law enforcement services. This estimate shall be approved in writing by the Chief of Police or his designee.
Upon approval, the Chief of Police or his designee shall notify the Finance Department. The Chief Financial Officer will then establish an escrow account in the name of the private, public or quasi-public entity requesting off-duty police services. Said entity shall then be responsible to immediately deposit an amount sufficient to underwrite the Township's off-duty services rates and administrative fees as set forth in the Township's current Salary Ordinance.
If the amount required to be deposited with the Township pursuant to Subsection C(1) above exceeds $20,000, an escrow deposit of $20,000 shall be required. Said twenty-thousand-dollar deposit shall be maintained until such time as the amount required to be deposited for all remaining services on any given project shall be less than $20,000, and then such lesser amount shall be required to be maintained.
Prior to posting any request for off-duty services, the Chief of Police or his designee shall verify that the balance in the escrow account of the person or entity requesting services is sufficient to cover the compensation and fees for the number of hours and vehicles specified in the service request. The Chief of Police or his designee shall not post a request for services from any person or entity unless all fees and compensation required in the manner described above have been deposited with the Chief Financial Officer. No officer shall provide any such services for more hours than are specified in the request for services.
In the event that funds in any escrow account are depleted, the services of off-duty police officers shall cease. Requests for further or future services by a private business, contractor, public or quasi-public entity shall not be performed or posted by the Police Department until additional funds have been deposited in the escrow account in the manner prescribed above.
The person or entity requesting off-duty police officer services shall be responsible for ensuring that sufficient funds remain in the escrow account in order to avoid any interruption of services.
All requests to the Township for the services of off-duty police officers shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police or his designee for posting as soon as possible before such services are required. Any police officer, when so employed by the Township, shall be treated as an employee of the Township; provided, however, that wages earned for outside employment shall not be applied toward the pension benefits of police officers so employed, nor shall hours worked for outside employment be considered in any way compensable as overtime.
The rate of compensation to be paid by private businesses, contractors, and public or quasi-public entities contracting with the Township for the employment of police officers in the performance of off-duty services is set forth in full in the Township's current Salary Ordinance. In addition, private business, contractors, and public or quasi-public entities shall comply with the following:
Full payment for the hours scheduled for an off-duty police officer once a job commences; and