In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.8, there is hereby created the position of special law enforcement officer for the Borough of Pennington. Each special officer appointed shall be subject to the requirements set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.8 et seq.
The classification of special law enforcement officers shall be based upon the duties to be performed by said officers and are established as follows:
The officers of this class are authorized to perform routine traffic detail, spectator control and similar duties as may be assigned by the Public Safety Director, the Chief of Police or, in the absence of the Chief, another law enforcement officer in a supervisory capacity to act in his/her stead. Said Class 1 officers are also authorized to issue summonses for disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses, violations of municipal ordinances or violations of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey. The use of firearms by said Class I officers is strictly prohibited, and no Class I officer shall be assigned any duties which may require the carrying or use of a firearm.
The number of Class 1 special officers shall be at the discretion of the Borough Council. Before any special law enforcement officer is appointed, the Public Safety Director, the Chief of Police or, in the absence of the Chief, another chief law enforcement officer shall ascertain the eligibility and qualifications of the applicant and report these determinations in writing to the Borough Council.
Officers in this class are hereby authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed, full-time police officers. They shall be assigned such powers and duties by the Public Safety Director, the Chief of Police or, in the absence of the Chief, another chief law enforcement officer. The use of a firearm by an officer of this class may be authorized only after the officer has been fully certified as successfully completing training as prescribed by the Police Training Commission established within the Department of Law and Public Safety of the State of New Jersey,
The number of Class 2 officers shall not exceed 25% of the number of regular officers employed by the Borough of Pennington.
Special officers of the First and Second Class shall be appointed for terms not to exceed one year by the Borough Council, and the appointment may be revoked by the Borough Council for cause after hearing, as required by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-147. The powers and duties of special officers shall cease upon expiration of the term for which they are appointed. Special officers so appointed shall not be members of the police force of the Police Department of the Borough of Pennington.
No person may be appointed as a special law enforcement officer unless the person:
Is a resident of this state during the terms of employment.
Is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently and has a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Is sound in body and of good health.
Is of good moral character.
Has not been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or which would make him/her unfit to perform the duties of the office.
Has successfully undergone the same psychological testing that is required of all full-time police officers in the Borough of Pennington.
The Public Safety Director, Chief of Police or, in his/her absence, other chief law enforcement officer shall have the applicant fingerprinted as required by statute, conduct a background investigation of the applicant to determine the eligibility and qualification of the applicant and shall report these determinations, in writing, to the Borough Council.
No person shall commence serving as a special officer unless he/she has been certified by the Police Training Commission, as provided by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.10.
No special officer may work more than 20 hours per week, except as follows: without limitation as to hours during a period of emergency.
The Borough Council may designate one special officer to whom the limitation of hours set forth in this section shall not apply as provided for by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.16c.
A special officer shall be under the supervision and direction of the Public Safety Director, the Chief of Police or, in the absence of the Chief, other chief law enforcement officer of the Borough of Pennington and shall perform his/her duties only in the Borough of Pennington unless in fresh pursuit of any person pursuant to Chapter 156 of Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes.
The special police shall comply with the rules and regulations applicable to the conduct and decorum of the permanent regularly appointed police officers of the Borough of Pennington, including all general orders, special orders of memoranda, as well as any rules and regulations applicable to the conduct and decorum of special officers.
The uniforms of the special officers shall be determined by the Public Safety Director or the Chief of Police and shall be in compliance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.12.