There shall be a Department of Public Safety, the head of which shall be the Business Administrator of the Borough who shall be the Director of Public Safety.
Within the Department of Public Safety, there shall be a Division of Police, the head of which shall be the Chief of Police. The Division, under the direction and supervision of the Director, shall:
Preserve the public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, detect and arrest offenders against the penal laws and ordinances effective within the Borough, suppress riots, mobs and insurrections, disperse unlawful or dangerous assemblages and preserve order at all elections and public meetings and assemblages.
Administer and enforce laws and ordinances to regulate, direct, control and restrict the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the use of the streets by vehicles and persons, to protect the safety and facilitate the convenience of motorists and pedestrians, and to make and enforce rules and regulations not inconsistent with the Charter and ordinances for such purposes.
Remove all nuisances in the public streets, parks and other public places, inspect and observe all places of public amusement, assemblage and all places of business requiring any state or Borough license or permit and report thereon to the appropriate department.
Provide proper police attendance and protection at fires.
Provide for the attendance of its members in court as necessary for the prosecution and trial of persons charged with crimes and offenses, and cooperate fully with the law enforcement and prosecuting authorities of federal, state and county governments.
Operate a training program to maintain and improve the police efficiency of the members of the Department.
Make, administer and enforce rules and regulations for the disposition, conduct and discipline of the Department.
The Division shall consist of such officers and men as are authorized for the Police Department on the effective date of this code until otherwise provided pursuant to law. The Division shall also include school traffic guards and the police reserve.
The Chief of Police shall promulgate and, from time to time, revise and enforce a manual of police discipline, practices and procedures for the better administration of the work of the Department and for the discipline and efficiency of the police force not inconsistent with existing ordinances.
Within the Department of Police there shall be a Bureau of Civil Defense for organizational purposes only, the head of which shall be the Civil Defense Director. The Civil Defense Council is established, constituted and empowered pursuant to law, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-41.
There shall be a police and fire physician who shall be appointed by the Mayor. Prior to his/her appointment, (s)he shall be a licensed and practicing medical doctor of the State of New Jersey, and shall perform those duties as, from time to time, may be designated by the Mayor.
Within the Department of Public Safety there shall be a Fire Division, the head of which shall be the Fire Chief. The Division, subject to the direction and supervision of the Fire Chief, shall:
Have exclusive jurisdiction over the control, fighting and extinguishment of any conflagration which occurs within the Borough.
Make, administer and enforce rules and regulations for control, disposition and discipline of the Department and its officers and employees and, within the limits available, appropriations for the establishment and maintenance of stations and the disposition, use and care of its equipment and apparatus.
Designate and fix the location of fire alarm telegraph and signal stations in the Borough and operate, repair and maintain a Borough fire alarm and signal system.
Investigate the cause, circumstances and origin of fires and report to the Borough Police Department and to the County Prosecutor every case of suspicion of arson.
Be authorized to inspect and test any automatic or other fire alarm system or fire extinguishing equipment.
Be authorized to enter upon, without fee or hindrance, all premises, grounds, structures, buildings, vessels and passages whenever necessary to the performance of its duties.
Operate a training program to maintain and improve the fire-fighting efficiency of the members of the Department.
Maintain a Bureau of Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Inspection and administer fire prevention ordinances of the Borough, except as may be therein specifically provided in such ordinances.
The Division shall consist of such officers and employees as authorized for the Fire Division on the effective date of this code unless otherwise provided pursuant to law.
The Fire Chief shall administer and enforce rules and regulations for the control, disposition and discipline of the Department and its officers and employees, and for the use and care of equipment and apparatus in accordance with existing ordinances of the Borough. The Department shall operate a training program to maintain and improve the capability and efficiency of the members of the Department.
[Amended 12-5-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-10]
Within the Department of Public Safety, there shall be an ambulance transport division to be known as the Spotswood Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the head of which shall be the Director to be appointed by the Mayor. The Director shall be a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and shall receive a salary pursuant to the Borough salary ordinance. The Division, subject to the Director and supervision of the Director, shall:
[Amended 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2017-19]
Help implement any agreement entered into by the Borough providing for implementation of a third-party payment plan (the "plan") for emergency medical services provided by the Borough upon issuance by the New Jersey State Department of Health of a license for a municipal ambulance service (the "program") within the Borough.
Provide experience and statistics regarding such services and the patients (or third parties) served, perform all required scheduling and oversee day-to-day operations of such services.
Assist in obtaining a "provider number" from federal and state Medicare/Medicaid programs which will enable the Borough to institute a third-party payment plan.
Upon issuance of the appropriate license and provider number, coordinate such a third-party payment plan for emergency medical services, which shall not balance bill any deductibles or co-pays for residents of the Borough, including those covered by Medicare/Medicaid, and which shall provide that residents without insurance coverage shall not be billed for any services rendered and for which services such persons shall not have any payment obligation.
Assist the Borough Finance Department and Chief Financial Officer of the Borough (the "CFO") to insure that the plan's billing system is adequate.
Review annually with the Borough Auditor and CFO the internal auditing procedures and financial controls of any administrative billing/collection service contracted by the Borough as well as assist the CFO in obtaining information on the average fees charged in the Central New Jersey region for similar services in order that the governing body may determine whether fees for the Borough's ambulance transportation service shall be modified.
Make recommendations to the Borough Council regarding contracts with various hospitals that provide (ALS) services to patients who will be transported by the Spotswood Borough Municipal Ambulance Service, allowing the hospitals to bundle bill Medicare for services rendered so long as such contracts require a hospital to reimburse the Borough for its transportation costs within 45 days of receiving payment.
Assist in determining whether the Borough should at any time contract with a volunteer first aid squad to provide third-party billing as established in this section if such an arrangement is deemed by the governing body to be preferable to the plan established hereunder.
All revenues derived from the plan will be deposited into the Borough's current fund, and expenditures made for contracted fees and costs will be paid in accordance with the Local Budget Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq.).
The fee for ambulance transportation service shall be $850, in addition to $20 per mile for each transportation event. In addition, a fee of $125 will be charged for refused medical attention (RMA) events.
[Amended 5-3-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-05; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-17; 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2017-19]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:15-43, Spotswood Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is hereby designated as the official first aid squad of the Borough.
[Amended 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2017-19]
[Amended 3-24-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-527]
The Division of Inspection is established in the Department of Public Safety. The Division shall be under the control and supervision of such person so designated by the Director of Public Safety. Within the Division of Inspection there shall be the Bureau of Code Enforcement, the Bureau of Construction Code Enforcement, and the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
The Chief Code Enforcement Officer shall:
Have the authority and responsibility to enforce:
Be authorized to issue notices of violation and orders to abate and to issue Borough ordinance summonses and subpoena witnesses.
Keep a record of all proceedings in his/her office and a book of all complaints made to him/her as Chief Code Enforcement Officer which shall be open for inspection by the Director and the Borough Council and shall be the property of the Borough.
Report each month to the Director and the Borough Council, in writing, all permits issued by him/her with the estimated cost of work for which the permits were issued during the preceding months and a statement of all fees (s)he received.
The Bureau of Construction Code Enforcement shall be under the direction of the Construction Official and shall include the Building Subcode Official/Inspector, Plumbing Subcode Official/Inspector, Electrical Subcode Official and Fire Protection Subcode Official/Inspector whose duties and terms are provided for under Chapter 72 of the Code of the Borough of Spotswood and the Uniform Construction Code Regulations (N.J.A.C. 5:23.)
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Marshal. The appointment and duties of the Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Inspectors of the Bureau shall be as set forth in Chapter 98, Fire Prevention, of this revision and the regulations promulgated by the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.