[Adopted 3-16-1982 by Ord. No. 555-82 as Ch. III of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 67, Art. I, of the 1993 Code; amended in its entirety 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 1468-10]
The Police Department of Hazlet Township is hereby established and shall consist of the following:
Members of the Police Department shall be appointed by the Township Committee in accordance with the requirements of New Jersey Statutes.
The Municipal Administrator shall be designated as the Public Safety Officer and the appropriate authority who shall issue orders and instructions to the Chief of Police and through the Chief of Police to all members of the Police Department in accordance with N.J.S.A 40A:14-118. The appropriate authority is also authorized to promulgate and adopt rules and regulations for the regulation and efficient operation of the Police Department.
Except as provided herein, the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet and individual members thereof shall act in all matters relating to the police function within the municipality through the appropriate authority.
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the appointment by the governing body of committees or commissions to conduct investigations of the operation of the Police Department, and the delegations to such committees or commissions of such powers of inquiry as the governing body deems necessary or to conduct such hearing or investigation as authorized by law N.J.S.A 40:48-25.
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the appropriate authority from examining at any time the operations of the Police Department or the performance of any officer or member thereof. In addition, nothing contained herein shall infringe on or limit the power or duty of the appropriate authority to act to provide for the health, safety, or welfare of the municipality in an emergency situation through special emergency directives.
The Chief of Police shall be the executive head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the appropriate authority for the conduct, efficiency and management of the day-to day operations of the Police Department, and he or she shall, pursuant to policies established by the appropriate authority:
Administer and enforce rules and regulations and special emergency directives for the disposition and discipline of the Department and its officers and personnel;
Have, exercise, and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department;
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all subordinates and other personnel;
Delegate such of his or her authority as he or she may deem necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under his or her direction and supervision; and
Report at least monthly to the appropriate authority in such form as shall be prescribed by such authority on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month, and make such other reports as may be requested by such authority.
The Deputy Chief of Police shall be a direct subordinate of the Chief of Police and assist the Chief of Police in management and discipline of the Police Department, and performs other related duties. In addition, the Deputy Chief of Police shall:
Assist in the analysis of police problems and help formulate police rules/regulations.
Assist in planning police work so as to make the best use of available funds, personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Give assignments/instructions to subordinate members of the police department, provide them with needed advice/assistance when difficult/unusual problems arise and check their work to see that proper procedures are followed, that reasonable standards of workmanship, conduct, and output are maintained, and that desired police objectives are achieved.
See that communication facilities are properly used.
Take the lead in establishing/maintaining helpful, cooperative relations with civic, recreation, and business group, police authorities in other jurisdictions, and others interested in the maintenance of law and order.
Provide police protection/assistance to gatherings, children and other pedestrians in crossing streets, those engaged in extinguishing fires, those handling large sums of money and other valuables in transit, and to vacant/unused dwellings and business properties.
Make provision for police assistance at the time and places where traffic is heavy.
Direct detection/apprehension of lawbreakers, preparation of charges against them, and collection and preservation of evidence of their misdeeds.
Supervise investigation and disposal of complaints.
Give testimony in court.
Prepare and supervises the preparation of reports.
Direct the establishment and maintenance of police records and files.
Act as the Chief of Police in his/her absence.
Each member of the Police Department shall be a citizen of the United States, be of good moral character, be sound of body, in good health and able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
No person shall be appointed a member of the Police Department by the Township Committee unless he or she has all the qualifications prescribed by statutes of the State of New Jersey and is certified as eligible for appointment to the Police Department by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.
No person shall be given or accept a permanent appointment as a police officer in the Township of Hazlet unless he or she has successfully completed a Basic Police Training Course as prescribed by the New Jersey Police Training Commission at a Police Training Commission approved academy. The probationary period for newly appointed police officers shall be in accordance with New Jersey Civil Service Commission regulations.
The Township Committee may appoint such special police officers as may be required, for a term not exceeding one year, or temporarily in case of emergency or to perform special duties. Any appointment may be revoked without cause or hearing. The special police officers shall be subject to the orders and directions of the Chief of Police. Such special police officers shall receive no compensation except as is authorized by the Township Committee and all special officers shall meet the training requirements as set forth by the N.J State Police Training Commission, relevant NJ state laws, and Hazlet Township Police Department requirements.
Every member of the Police Department and special officers, before entering upon the performance of their duties, shall take and subscribe to an oath of affirmation to bear true faith and allegiance to the government established in this state under the authority of the people, to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and to faithfully, impartially and justly discharge and perform all the duties of his or her office, which oath or affirmation shall be filed with the Township Clerk.
The appropriate authority shall from time to time promulgate and adopt rules and regulations as he or she may deem necessary for the regulation and efficient operation of the Police Department. Each member of the Police Department shall read, be thoroughly familiar with and strictly comply with all rules and regulations as set forth in this chapter or as promulgated and adopted by the appropriate authority.
No member of the Hazlet Township Police Department may accept outside employment or participate in the active management of any business in which they may have an interest without the written approval of the Chief of Police. Such approval will be granted only upon showing that such outside employment will not interfere with the proper performance of the duties of the member of the Police Department making application.
The duties of police officers, members, and other employees of the Police Department shall be those prescribed by the laws of the State of New Jersey, the ordinances of the Township of Hazlet, and the rules and regulations of the Hazlet Township Police Department as promulgated and adopted by the appropriate authority. The duties shall include the enforcement of all applicable federal, state, county, and municipal laws within the jurisdiction of Hazlet Township. As a New Jersey Civil Service Commission municipality, the duties and responsibilities of officers within the various ranks are prescribed by NJ Civil Service Commission regulations.
The compensation of The Chief of Police and members of the Police Department shall be fixed by a salary ordinance adopted by the Hazlet Township Committee.
Editor's Note: The currently effective Salary Ordinances are on file in the office of the Township Clerk and are available for examination during office hours.
All members of the Police Department shall provide and maintain in a clean and serviceable condition a police uniform as prescribed by the Chief of Police. The first uniform will be furnished by Hazlet Township. Police Uniform will be worn in compliance with Hazlet Township Police Department Rules and Regulations and Policies and Procedures.
All firearms which are provided by the Township shall remain the property of the Township. All Officers utilizing and possessing firearms will comply with all applicable NJ Statutes, NJ Attorney General Directives, Monmouth County Prosecutor Directives, and applicable Hazlet Township Police Department rules and regulations and policies and procedures.
No member of the Police Department shall be suspended, removed, fired or reduced from office or employment for political reasons or for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct, or disobedience of the rules and regulations as promulgated by the appropriate authority, and then only upon written charges, served in accordance with the rules and regulations of Title 11A, the rules and regulations of the NJ Civil Service Commission and relevant statutory law.