[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 4-9-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 et seq., a Police Department is hereby established in the Township of Washington, County of Warren and State of New Jersey, under the name Washington Township Police Department.
Said Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police and such other regular full-time or part-time police officers as may be appointed by the Washington Township Committee. Such appointments shall be for a one-year probationary period, and policemen so employed may be dropped from the rolls or discharged at any time during said probationary period. At the termination of the one-year probationary period, all police officers so appointed shall continue in their respective employment during good behavior, efficiency and residence in the State of New Jersey.
The Township Committee, by resolution, may also appoint special police officers for terms not exceeding one year each and may revoke such appointments without cause or hearing. Said special police officers shall exercise all powers of police officers, but shall not be members of the Police Department, and their powers, rights and duties shall immediately cease at the expiration of the terms for which they were appointed or upon revocation of their appointment.
The Chief of Police shall have the right to designate said special police officers as patrolmen, Acting Sergeants or Acting Lieutenants where required, but said designations shall not operate to cause said special officers to become members of the regular Police Department.
The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive of the Police Department, and he and all members of said Department shall severally perform the duties imposed upon them respectively by this chapter and by such orders, rules and regulations as may from time to time be adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington.
Each full-time member of the Police Department shall devote his primary time and attention to the services of the Department, with certain hours being allocated for the performance of regular tours of duty. Full-time officers are considered to be at all times available for duty and must act promptly at any time that their services are required, except when on authorized leave or in the event of disability.
Each part-time member of the Police Department shall serve at such hours and in such manner as directed by the Township Committee, the Chief of Police or such superior officer as may be designated by the Township Committee. Each part-time member may be employed by persons or organizations other than the Township of Washington and engage in outside employment, provided that the nature of the employment is not inconsistent with the position and dignity of a police officer.
The Township Committee shall fix by ordinance the compensation to be paid to the Chief of Police, regular policemen, special policemen and part-time policemen. The Chief of Police shall cause to be kept a register of the number of days and parts of days actually served on regular duty of each regular, special and part-time policeman and at the end of each month cause to be certified such time so served and the amount of salary due to each policeman.
The members of the Police Department shall severally hold their respective offices and continue in their respective employment during good behavior, efficiency and residence in the State of New Jersey, and no member shall be removed from office or employment in the Police Department for political reasons or for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct, nonresidence or disobedience of the rules and regulations established for the government and discipline of the Police Department, provided that any member of the Police Department who shall be absent from duty without just cause for a term of five days continuously and without leave of absence shall, at the expiration of such five days, cease to be a member of the Police Department.
No one shall be appointed an officer or special officer of the Police Department unless he meets the following requirements:
He shall be a citizen of the United States between the ages of 21 and 35 inclusive and a resident of the State of New Jersey. The age requirement herein set forth shall not, however, apply to those persons serving as Washington Township special police officers or members of the Washington Township Police Reserves at the time of the final adoption of this chapter.
He shall be of good reputation and sound moral character and shall not have been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
He shall be sound in body and of 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.
He shall weigh no less than 150 pounds nor more than 225 pounds, well-proportioned.
He shall have normal hearing in both ears.
He shall have the ability to distinguish colors.
He must possess a valid New Jersey auto driver's license.
He shall be a graduate of high school or an equivalent institute of learning.
He must be willing and able to complete a basic police course approved by the Police Training Commission of the State of New Jersey.
He must be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.