Township of Mansfield, NJ
Burlington County
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A Police Department is hereby established in this Township which, under the general administrative supervision of the member of the Township Committee designated by the Committee to act as Police Commissioner, shall consist of the Chief of Police, one police lieutenant, up to five police sergeants, four to eight patrolmen, one detective, and subordinate staff and personnel as the Township Committee may, from time to time, authorize.
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Compensation. The Police Commissioner shall receive no salary as Police Commissioner.
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Term. The Police Commissioner shall annually be appointed by the Township Committee from its membership to hold office until the next annual organization meeting of the Township Committee.
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Duties. The Police Commissioner shall serve as a liaison between the Township Committee and the Chief of Police, reporting directly to the Township Committee and performing and exercising such other related duties and powers as shall be assigned or lawfully delegated to him by the Township Committee.
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The Police Commissioner shall serve as the "appropriate authority" in satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 et seq.
The members of the Police Department shall receive such annual salaries as may be fixed by the Salary Ordinance of the Township.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 42, Salaries.
There is hereby created within the Mansfield Township Police Department the position of Police Detective.
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Compensation: The rate of compensation shall be consistent with the salary provided to an enlisted member at the same step and grade.
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Powers and duties; responsibilities. The daily functions of the Police Detective shall include, but are not limited to the following:
(1) 
Initial investigations of crimes committed in the Township of Mansfield.
(2) 
Follow-up investigations of crimes committed in the Township of Mansfield.
(3) 
Track and analyze of crime statistics and trends.
(4) 
Conduct proactive investigations involving criminality within the Township of Mansfield, including the preparation affidavits and the execution of search warrants.
(5) 
Develop and use confidential sources of information.
(6) 
Assist uniformed officers with arrests, processing, report preparation, evidence, statements, affidavits, and search warrants.
(7) 
Review criminal reports from other Department members for probable cause and completeness.
(8) 
Collect intelligence information and be aware of all criminal matters within the Township of Mansfield
(9) 
Conduct crime prevention instruction and meetings for community groups.
(10) 
Maintain cooperative efforts with other law enforcement and government agencies.
(11) 
Properly maintain and secure evidence.
(12) 
Perform other law enforcement duties, as, from time to time, may be directed by the Chief of Police.
The Township Committee may employ, on a per diem basis, such special police as may be necessary in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146[1] et seq. and may discharge them at any time without cause or hearing. They shall not be members of the Police Department but shall, while on duty, be subject in every respect to the orders of the superior officers of the Police Department. They shall receive such compensation for each day of services as may be fixed by the Township Committee.
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146 was repealed by L. 1985, c. 439. § 14. See now §§ 40A:14-146.9 to 40A:14-146.11 and 40A:14-146.14.
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Creation of office. The Chief of Police ("Chief") shall be the departmental head of the Police Department. The Chief shall be the highest-ranking certified police officer and the immediate subordinate of the Police Commissioner in all matters related to the Department. The Chief shall have general charge of and overall responsibility for the efficient performance of the Department.
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Compensation. The Chief of Police shall receive such annual salary as may be fixed by the salary ordinance of the Township.
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Powers and duties. The Chief of Police shall, to the extent not prohibited by law:
(1) 
Review qualifications and make recommendations for the hiring of additional and replacement departmental personnel.
(2) 
Recommend, suspend and/or discharge departmental personnel after following proper departmental procedure.
(3) 
Investigate the conduct of any member of the Police Department or its personnel.
(4) 
Design and enforce the policies and procedures of the Police Department and enforce the ordinances of the Township of Mansfield, the statutes of the State of New Jersey and the laws of the United States of America as they relate to members and personnel of the Police Department.
(5) 
Administer the budget and the funds allocated to the Police Department by the Township Committee and from any other available sources, including the setting up of appropriate bookkeeping systems and procedures for fiscal control and management.
(6) 
Assign responsibilities for acts, activities, functions, performance, reporting and duties within the Police Department.
(7) 
Study, recommend, implement and enforce programs and plans for the education and training of police officers and personnel affiliated with the Police Department.
(8) 
Study, recommend, implement and enforce administrative procedures and policies within the Police Department.
(9) 
Engage in any and all appropriate activities to facilitate a thorough and complete dialogue between all municipal governmental and quasi-municipal governmental agencies, groups and organizations.
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Performance of duties subject to supervision of Township Committee. The Chief of Police shall perform his or her duties in accordance herewith and shall be subject to and answerable to the Township Committee.
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The position of part-time security guard is created for the Mansfield Township Police Department.
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The responsibilities of said part-time security guard shall be determined by the Chief of Police and shall initially be as follows:
(1) 
To operate the courtroom security checkpoint, specifically the metal detector outside of the courtroom when Municipal Court is in session.
(2) 
Any and other duties requested by the Chief of Police in connection with the primary goal of providing security while Municipal Court is in session.
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The position of Police Records Clerk for the Mansfield Township Police Department is hereby created.
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The job responsibilities of said Police Records Clerk shall be as follows:
(1) 
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Coordinator.
(a) 
Review all criminal case reports to properly code for UCR reporting purposes.
(b) 
Prepare monthly UCR report.
(2) 
Police Department administration.
(a) 
Help to coordinate the functions within the administrative office of the Police Department.
(b) 
Handle vehicle releases:
[1] 
Verify validity of registration and insurance documents presented by public.
[2] 
Authorize release of towed and impounded vehicles.
(c) 
Greet public who visit the police station; handle questions and/or refer them to appropriate office or authority.
(d) 
Answer phone calls, respond to citizen inquiries, route calls to appropriate office or authority, take messages as required.
(e) 
Input and maintain data in several established Department MS-Access databases, including motor vehicle accidents, written warnings issued, and vehicle maintenance.
(f) 
Prepare purchase requisitions for Department supplies and equipment.
(g) 
Assist the Chief of Police with all administrative aspects of commanding the Police Department.
(h) 
Handle paperwork for temporary handicap parking permits.
(i) 
Prepare, pick up and distribute Department mail.
(j) 
Maintain and manage department filing system, including pedigree file cards, labeling and filing of investigation reports (confidential information), and Department administrative files.
(3) 
Other responsibilities:
(a) 
Take photographs and prepare identification cards for Township and School District employees and volunteers.
(b) 
Take photographs and prepare identification cards for Department personnel.
(c) 
Type/prepare criminal fingerprint cards for forwarding to State Police.
(4) 
Handle all administrative paperwork for firearms applications:
(a) 
Background reference letters.
(b) 
Reports and forms from other police departments.
(c) 
Type fingerprint cards and firearms permits.
(d) 
Maintain firearms log.
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To be eligible for appointment to the police force, a person shall not be less than 21 or more than 35 years of age; must be a citizen of the United States and be in sound body and good health sufficient to satisfy the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey as to his eligibility for membership in the retirement system; must be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently; and must be of good moral character, not having been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
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In addition to the foregoing qualifications for appointment as a police officer, such person, before receiving permanent appointment, shall successfully complete a police training course at an approved school, as defined in N.J.S.A. 52:17B-66 et seq. (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), and pursuant to the authority given by such Act, no person shall hereafter be given or accept a permanent appointment as a police officer unless such person has successfully completed a police training course at an approved school as therein defined.
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Pursuant to the provision of the Act, attendance at an approved school as therein defined is hereby authorized by persons holding a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer when authorized by the Township Committee.
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Once appointed to the police force, a police officer must establish residency within such reasonable distance of the Township as to allow the officer to respond with promptness to emergency calls. This provision shall not be construed as requiring residence in the Township of Mansfield as a condition of employment on the police force as prohibited by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-122.1.
All appointments and all suspensions, fines, removals or other disciplinary action shall be made or imposed by the Chief of Police. Appointments and removals are authorized exclusively by the Township Committee upon consultation with the Chief of Police.
Each and every police officer shall make complaint before the judge of the Municipal Court or his clerk of every person known to him to have violated any of the laws of the United States, the State of New Jersey or the ordinances of this Township, so that a warrant or summons for the appearance of the person charged with a violation may be issued.
Violations of the policies, procedures, orders, or the rules or regulations for the governance of the Mansfield Township Police Department shall be cause for dismissal from the Department, in addition to any other statutory grounds for dismissal set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 et seq.
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Suspension with loss of pay. When any member of the police force is suspended from office and is later reinstated, he shall not receive any pay for the period of such suspension, unless otherwise ordered by the Township Committee.
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Penalty in lieu of dismissal. All charges against members of the police force shall be thoroughly examined by the Township Committee or their designee. The Chief of Police, in lieu of dismissal from the force, may impose such penalty as, in his judgment, is warranted by the nature of the offense.
The Chief of Police shall make such policies, procedures and orders concerning the conduct and duties of the officers and employees of the Police Department, the kind of uniform and insignia to be worn by them and concerning such other matters as may be necessary.
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Enumeration. Police Department employees shall be eligible for the following types of leave according to the annual compensation ordinance of the Township: annual vacations, sick leave, bereavement, military, leave of absence without pay, holidays, personal leave and/or supervisory leave.
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Regulations. The Township Committee shall establish the amount of various leaves and the regulations governing their use in written form, which shall be duly adopted by the Township and filed with the Township Clerk.
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Statutory sick leave. Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-137, a member or officer of the Police Department who shall become injured, ill or disabled from any cause may receive leave of absence with pay not exceeding one year, provided that the examining physician appointed by the Township Committee shall certify to such injury, illness or disability. This section shall be construed only to apply to sick leave for a continuous period of time in excess of the period of time specified above for personal sickness.
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Court attendance. Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-135, whenever any member of the Police Department who shall be required to appear before any grand jury or any Municipal, County, Superior or Supreme Court proceeding, except in a civil action, the term during which he is so engaged shall be considered a time of assignment to and performance of duty, and the member shall suffer no loss of compensation if such appearance occurs during his assigned duty hours; and if such appearance is outside his assigned duty hours, he shall receive either compensatory time off from his regular duty hours or, in cases where such time off in the opinion of the Police Commissioner will interfere with the efficiency of the Department, additional compensation.