[Adopted 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76 as Ch. 35, Art. I, of the 1976 Code]
[Amended 12-15-1987 by Ord. No. 1539-87; 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05; 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
The police force of the City shall consist of one Chief of Police, Captain(s) of Police, Lieutenant(s) of Detectives, Lieutenant(s) of Police, Sergeant(s) of Police, Records Clerks, Police Cadets and the necessary number of patrolmen, to hold office during good behavior for the terms provided by law.
Every person appointed as a member of the Police Department shall, before he or she enters upon the duties of his or her office and within 10 days after such appointment, take and subscribe before the Mayor, City Clerk or other officer authorized to administer same, an oath or affirmation in the form prescribed by law to faithfully, fairly and impartially execute the duties of his or her office according to the best of his or her knowledge, skill and ability.
[Amended 12-30-1974 by Ord. No. 1264-74; 12-15-1987 by Ord. No. 1539-87; 12-22-1992 by Ord. No. 1695-92; 6-13-2000 by Ord. No. 1898-00; 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
The Mayor shall be the head of the Police Department and shall have the exclusive power to appoint, suspend and remove all policemen and all subordinates in such Department; and he or she shall appoint a Chief of Police, Captain(s) of Police, Lieutenant(s) of Detectives, Lieutenant(s) of Police, Sergeant(s) of Police, Police Clerks, Record Clerks and Police Cadets. The appointments of the Chief of Police, the Captain(s) of Police, the Lieutenant(s) of Detectives, the Lieutenant(s) of Police, and the Sergeants of Police shall not take effect until confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council. The Mayor shall see that all such officers are prompt and faithful in the discharge of their duties and shall from time to time take such measures as he or she may deem necessary for the preservation of peace and good order and the enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the City.
The Mayor may delegate to the Chair of the Police Committee of the City Council all regulatory authority over the Police Department except those powers that are imposed on the Mayor by law.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, the Mayor shall be designated as the “appropriate authority” and exercise duties and functions therein, including the promulgation of rules and regulations.
During the temporary absence of a commanding officer, when no other provision is made by the Chief of Police, the command automatically devolves upon the subordinate present who is the next ranking officer.
[Added 6-13-2000 by Ord. No. 1898-00; amended 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
. The chain of command is as follows: Chief of Police, Captain(s) of Police, Lieutenant(s) of Detectives, Lieutenant(s), Sergeant(s) and patrolmen. In the event of a vacancy in any of the above ranks, the next highest ranked officer in the chain of command shall be in charge.
The Chair of the Police Committee shall confer with the Mayor concerning all matters pertaining to policy and particularly discipline.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05; 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05
The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive officer of the Police Department, subject to these rules and regulations and any amendments thereto; and it shall be his or her duty to see that the laws of the state and the ordinances of the City are duly enforced throughout the City.
It shall be his or her duty to report to the Mayor and City Council all serious or extensive fires and all riots or tumultuous assemblages occurring within the City, to take command of the police present, to save and protect property and to arrest such persons as he or she may find disturbing the peace or inciting others to do so.
He or she shall keep a record in his or her office of the names, ages, places of residence and dates of appointment of each and every officer and the date and cause of removal of any officer. He or she shall cause the docket to be kept in accordance with good police practice. He or she shall furnish an annual written report of the activities of the Police Department to the Mayor, together with a copy to the Chair of the Police Committee and such further written reports that may be requested by the Mayor from time to time. He or she shall report all violations of these rules and regulations in writing within 48 hours to the Mayor, together with a copy to the Chair of the Police Committee.
As chief executive officer of the Police Department, the Chief of Police shall have supervision over all sworn and civilian members.
Editor's Note: Original Subsection E, regarding the Civil Defense Council, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05.
[Added 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
The Captain(s) of Police shall fulfill all the duties and responsibilities officially designated to them by either the Chief of Police or the Mayor or the Chair of the Police Committee in accordance with § 42-3, and as set forth in the Rules and Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures of the City of Woodbury Police Department. In the absence, illness or disability of the Chief of Police, the Captain of Police shall assume all duties of the Chief of Police, unless otherwise designated by the Chief of Police or Mayor pursuant to § 42-3.
[Amended 12-15-1987 by Ord. No. 1539-87; 6-13-2000 by Ord. No. 1898-00; 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
The Lieutenant(s) of Police shall fulfill all the duties and responsibilities officially designated to them by either the Chief of Police or the Mayor or the Chair of the Police Committee in accordance with § 42-3, and as set forth in the Rules and Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures of the City of Woodbury Police Department. In the absence, illness or disability of both the Chief of Police and the Captain of Police, the Lieutenant in charge of the Detective Bureau shall assume all duties of the Chief of Police, unless otherwise designated by the Chief of Police or Mayor pursuant to § 42-3.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05; 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
The Sergeants shall have supervision over all patrolmen and civilian personnel of the Department. The Sergeant on duty shall be the commanding officer and shall keep such records or see that such records are kept as are necessary to properly reflect the activities of the Department.
The Sergeants shall make such personal inspection of the City at irregular and unusual hours as will be sufficient to keep them thoroughly informed of existing conditions and to determine whether all members under their command are efficiently performing their duties.
They shall report to the Chief of Police in writing all complaints against subordinates that come within their personal knowledge or are made by citizens or other members of the Department.
The Sergeants shall have such hours of duty as may be prescribed by the Chief of Police.
They shall be familiar with all subjects pertaining to the duties of a patrolman and shall instruct the patrolmen under their supervision in the proper discharge of their duties and the making of reports. They shall be held responsible for the efficiency, discipline, good conduct and appearance of all subordinates in their charge.
[Added 7-25-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
At least one Lieutenant or Sergeant shall be assigned as the Department Training Official. This Training Official will be responsible to handle all aspects of training, from scheduling and performing the training to the management of the training files. This Training Official should be properly qualified and certified as required to conduct all training that can practically be conducted in house within the Woodbury Police Department and will be expected to maintain these qualifications on a current basis. Training conducted by this Training Official will be scheduled so as to minimize the necessity for overtime within the Police Department and, toward that end, this Training Official will work under a flexible schedule. This Training Official may be assigned other duties by the Chief of Police, provided that these other duties do not interfere with this Training Official's primary duties as Training Official. This Training Official normally will not be assigned a Patrol Sergeant's duties except in a case of short-term emergency or need.
The Records Clerk shall have direct control of the records of the Police Department and is responsible to the Chief of Police for the order and completeness of the reports and records. The Records Clerk will review all reports, and whenever any discrepancy appears, the Records Clerk shall bring the same to the attention of the Chief of Police to assure that the Department's responsibility relating to individual occurrences and violations is completed and discharged.
Patrolmen, in carrying out the main functions of the Police Department, shall constantly direct their best efforts to accomplish that end intelligently and efficiently. They shall hold themselves in readiness at all times, obey the order of their superiors and be held strictly accountable for the good order of the post or beat to which they may be assigned to duty. They shall have such hours of duty as may be prescribed by the Chief of Police. The main duties of a patrolman shall be as follows:
In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed in Subsection A, the following shall also apply to patrolmen:
They shall, unless otherwise directed, be present at the daily roll call, punctually at the specified time in police headquarters, properly equipped and uniformed, and shall pay particular attention to all orders and instructions read or issued by their superior officers. Upon completion of the respective tours of duty, each shall report to headquarters to be properly relieved of duty.
They shall, when assigned to a beat, constantly patrol every section to the limits thereof until the expiration of their tour of duty. They shall not sit, sleep, lounge, loaf or act the idler while on duty. During the hours of darkness they shall be particularly vigilant, occasionally patrol through alleys, retrace their steps and alter their routine daily.
They shall use their best efforts to see that traffic flows smoothly by aiding drivers of vehicles and disentangling traffic blocks. When a stream of traffic seems continuous, they shall open the way for pedestrians desiring to cross the street and shall pay particular attention to children, aged and infirm persons, who would otherwise be exposed to danger.
They shall render assistance for the protection of persons or property anywhere in the city. If a patrolman has a prescribed beat and leaves it for police or personal necessity, he or she must report his or her action to his or her immediate superior before leaving, if possible, or upon his or her immediate return.
They shall not conceal themselves on their beats, except for some good police purpose, and they shall not patrol their beat in any type of public conveyance or private car or conveyance, except when so assigned.
They shall carefully inspect every section of their beat as often as possible, and by their vigilance and activity, render it difficult for anyone to commit crime therein. When offenses occur frequently on any beat without detection or arrest of the offenders, the patrolman assigned to such beat may be presumed guilty of neglect of duty or inefficiency and treated accordingly.
They shall take particular notice of all persons or places engaged in any business or activity which requires a license and shall report to their immediate superior all such unlicensed places or persons and all cases where the provisions of a license are not complied with.
They shall furnish such information or render such aid to all persons, when requested, as is consistent with their duties. They shall at all times when in uniform keep their badges in sight and give their names and badge number in a respectful manner when requested.
They are particularly directed to remove all persons found begging in the streets and all persons peddling without a license.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
They shall particularly watch all persons or solicitors who improperly accost persons of the same or opposite sex upon the streets or in any public buildings and bring them into headquarters for questioning.
They shall, while on duty, note the following conditions and make proper report thereof without delay to their immediate superior:
All street and sidewalk obstructions.
All defects of streets and sidewalks from which accidents may occur.
All places where excavations and/or building operations are in progress.
All streetlights out of repair or not lighted at proper time or too early extinguished.
All nuisances and other matters affecting the safety and convenience of the public or the interests of the city.
They shall be on the alert to prevent fires or waste of water. They shall call the attention of property owners or residents to the state of their sidewalks where, by snow, ice, weeds or other obstruction, they are rendered dangerous. Where the laws and ordinances for such cases are not obeyed, the patrolman shall ascertain the names of the parties offending and report the same for complaint and prosecution.
While on duty they shall not enter any house, restaurant, lunchroom, store, saloon, cafe, poolroom, theater, filling station, roadway stand or other place of amusement, except when necessity requires or in the strict discharge of their duty.
They shall have at all times in their possession a notebook in which they will enter all matters of police information and importance relative to the discharge of their official duties. Any important information coming to their attention during their tour of duty shall be reported to their immediate superior promptly and before the expiration of their tour of duty.
[Amended 3-10-1987 by Ord. No. 1519-87]
The Police Department of the City of Woodbury shall be governed by such rules and regulations which shall be promulgated by the Mayor.
[Amended 12-22-1992 by Ord. No. 1695-92]
A copy of such approved rules, regulations and procedures shall be placed on file in the office of the Clerk of the City of Woodbury and in the office of the Chief of Police of the City of Woodbury Police Department.
A copy of such approved rules, regulations and procedures shall be received by each member of the Police Department and be returned upon separation of such member from the Department.
Any officer or member of the Department shall be subject to reprimand, deduction of pay, reduction in rank, suspension or dismissal, according to the nature and aggravation of his or her offense, for any of the following causes:
Intoxication while on or off duty.
Willful disobedience of orders.
Indecent, profane or harsh language.
Disrespect to a superior officer.
Unnecessary violence to prisoners.
Leaving post without just cause.
Immorality, indecency or lewdness.
Absence without leave.
Incompetency, lack of energy and incapacity, mentally or physically.
Entering liquor saloons or gambling houses, except in discharge of duty.
Sleeping on duty.
Neglect of duty.
Violation of any criminal law.
Making known the proposed action or movements of the Department or the provisions of any orders to persons outside the Department.
Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
Conduct subversive of the good order and the discipline of the Department.
Not properly patrolling post.
Withholding any evidence and/or any confiscated item, regardless of value, that should have been turned over to the Chief of Police or designated person.
[Added 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76]
No person shall hereafter be given or accept a permanent appointment as a police officer in the City unless such person has successfully completed a police training course at a school either authorized or duly approved by the Police Training Commission in the Department of Law and Public Safety of the state pursuant to Chapter 56 of the Laws of New Jersey of 1961. 
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:17B-66 et seq.
This section shall not prohibit the making or acceptance of a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer for a period not to exceed one year whereunder and whereby a person securing a permanent appointment may be enabled to complete a police training course as prescribed by the Police Training Commission.
Any person holding an appointment as a police officer in the city, whether probationary, temporary or permanent, who is otherwise eligible to take a police training course of the character described in Subsection A of this section, shall, whenever he or she is directed by an order from either the Mayor or the Chief of Police, with the approval of the Police Committee, enroll in and complete the course prescribed in such order, and any such appointee acting in compliance with such order shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay during the period of his or her attendance at such training course.