[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-23-1991 by Ord. No. 91-24 (Ch. 34, Art. I, of the 1992 Code)]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.1, there is hereby established a mutual aid agreement with all other municipalities in Union County, New Jersey, which adopt a reciprocal ordinance to provide mutual police aid in case of emergency. This agreement shall apply whenever the Township of Cranford may have an emergency within its boundaries requiring additional police assistance to protect life and property or to assist in suppressing a riot or disorder and whenever another municipality in the county which has entered a reciprocal ordinance may experience a similar emergency requiring additional police assistance.
The Chief or head of the Police Department of the Township of Cranford is authorized to request assistance from the Chief or other head of the Police Department of another municipality within Union County to provide aid during and after said emergency.
The Chief or head of the Police Department of the Township of Cranford shall provide assistance to another municipality or municipalities in Union County making a valid request to supply such personnel and equipment as required to the extent possible without endangering persons or property within the Township of Cranford.
The members of the Police Department supplying aid shall have the same powers, authority, rights and immunities as the members of the police force of the municipality to which assistance is rendered.
The Township of Cranford shall, upon providing assistance to another municipality which has enacted a reciprocal mutual aid ordinance, assume the cost and expense of providing its personnel and equipment to the requesting municipality, except in such instances when the requesting municipality receives state or federal aid by way of reimbursement. In such circumstances, the cost incurred shall be submitted to the community requesting assistance.
Members of the police force of the Township of Cranford suffering injury, or their legal representatives if death results, while rendering assistance in another municipality shall be entitled to all such benefits they would have realized if injury or death had occurred in the performance of normal duties in the Township of Cranford.
A copy of this article shall be transmitted to the Municipal Clerk of each municipality within the County of Union no later than five business days following adoption. The Clerk of the Township of Cranford shall maintain a record of all such ordinances adopted by other municipalities within the County of Union.