[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Bordentown 9-2-1941. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 39.
[Amended 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
A Police Department be and the same is hereby established in the City of Bordentown, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey.
The official name of said Police Department shall be as follows: "Bordentown City Police Department."
The Police Department shall:
Preserve the public peace; prevent crime and disorderly conduct; detect and arrest offenders against the penal laws and ordinances effective within the City; suppress riots, mobs and insurrections; dispense unlawful or dangerous assemblages; and preserve order at all elections and public meetings and assemblages.
Administer and enforce laws and ordinances in force within the City in all cases where such administration and enforcement is not vested in the exclusive jurisdiction of such City officials as the City Zoning Officer, Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector or Health Officer and cooperate fully with such officers.
Remove all nuisances in public streets, ways, parks, playgrounds, parking lots and other public places and inspect and observe all places of public amusement or assemblage and all places operating under any state or City license or permit.
Provide proper police attendance and protection at fires.
Apprehend, arrest or summon all persons lawfully charged with the violation of any law or ordinance for the suppression or punishment of crimes, disorderly conduct or offenses.
Provide for the attendance of its members in court when necessary for the prosecution and trial of persons charged with crimes, disorderly conduct or offenses under any law or ordinance.
Serve and execute all process issuing out of the Municipal Court and have all the power and authority of constables of this state, except as to the service of civil processes out of courts other than the Municipal Court.
Render aid to all distressed, injured, infirm and sick persons and perform such duties in regard to the body of any deceased as may be necessary or proper under the existing circumstances.
Cooperate fully with the law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities of federal, state and county governments.
Maintain such police training programs as may be necessary and proper for the efficient and effective organization and operation of the Police Department.
[Added 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
The Director of Public Safety shall designate a local physician who shall act in the official capacity of Police Physician. The Police Physician shall examine all members of the police force, or appointees to the police force, whenever requested by the Director of Public Safety or the Chief of Police, and shall report in writing the result of such examinations, with his opinion as to the physical fitness for police work of the person examined. The Police Physician shall be called, whenever the services of a physician are required, to examine or administer to a person then in custody of the Police Department. In case of the unavailability of the Police Physician, any local physician may be called upon to act in his/her place at the discretion of the Director of Public Safety, the Chief of Police or the senior officer on duty.
[Added 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
The appropriate authority, as said term is used in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, shall be the Director of Public Safety. The Director of Public Safety shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the government of the police force and for the discipline of its members. Said Police Department shall be under the immediate charge and direction of the Director of Public Safety.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the Director of Public Safety for the efficiency and routine day-to-day operations of the Police Department, and pursuant to policies established by the Director of Public Safety, he shall:
Administer and enforce rules and regulations and special emergency directives for the disposition and discipline of the force and its officers and personnel.
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the force.
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all subordinates and other personnel.
Delegate such authority, as he may deem necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department, to be exercised under his direction and supervision.
Report at least monthly to the Director of Public Safety, in such form as the Director of Public Safety shall prescribe, on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and shall make such other reports as may be requested by the Director of Public Safety.
[Amended 8-12-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-7; 11-22-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-20; 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7; 1-26-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-02]
The Police Department of the City of Bordentown may consist of one Chief of Police, one Deputy Chief of Police, one Captain, up to but not more than two Lieutenants, up to but not more than four Sergeants, up to but not more than two Corporals, up to but not more than six patrol officers, up to but not more than four law enforcement officers-Class 1, and up to but not more than three law enforcement officers-Class 2, all of whom shall act and be known as "police officers of the City of Bordentown, New Jersey." There is no requirement that all superior or partial officers' positions shall be filled at any one time. The decision to fill any superior position rests in the City's discretion.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also deleted former § 66-3, Supervision.
[Amended 12-24-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-5; 4-10-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-7; 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7; 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-14]
All members of the Police Department shall hereafter be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety. All applicants for appointment to or for promotion within the Police Department shall be qualified for appointment or promotion as required by law, ordinance and civil service rules and regulations. All applicants for appointment must be residents of the City of Bordentown and must maintain continuous residency from the announced closing date of the Department of Personnel examination up to and including the date of appointment.
The Chief of Police and patrolmen shall severally perform the duties imposed upon them respectively by such ordinances, orders, rules and regulations as may from time to time be adopted for the government and control of the Police Department.
Editor's Note: Former Section 6, which immediately followed this section and provided that all members of the Police Department be Marshals of the City, was deleted 12-24-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-5.
Every member of the Police Department shall devote his whole time and attention to his duties as a member of the Police Department.
[Amended 11-22-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-20; 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
Salaries of the Chief of Police, Sergeants, Corporals, patrolmen and law enforcement officers, Classes 1 and 2, shall be such as the governing body shall by the resolution or ordinance set forth.
[Added 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
Special officers (referred to in the City's salaries ordinance and herein as law enforcement officers, Classes 1 and 2) may be appointed and utilized by the Police Department pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.8.