[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lindenwold as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-17-2000 by Ord. No. 1082]
For the convenience of those persons and entities which utilize the services of off-duty law enforcement officers of the Borough of Lindenwold Police Department and to authorize the outside employment of Borough police while off duty, the Borough hereby establishes a policy regarding the use of said officers.
Members of the Police Department shall be permitted to accept police-related employment only during off-duty hours and at such time as will not interfere with the efficient performance of regularly scheduled or emergency duty for the Borough.
Any person or entity wishing to employ off-duty police shall obtain the approval of the Chief of Police, which approval shall be granted if, in the opinion of the Chief, such employment would not be inconsistent with the efficient functioning and good reputation of the Police Department and would not unreasonably endanger or threaten the safety of the officer or officers who are to perform the work.
Any person or entity requesting the services of an off-duty law enforcement officer in the Borough of Lindenwold Police Department shall estimate the number of hours such law enforcement services are required, which estimate shall be approved in writing by the Chief of Police, and shall establish an escrow account with the Borough Clerk depositing an amount sufficient to cover the rates of compensation and administration fees set forth in § 46-4 for the total estimated hours of service.
Prior to posting any request for services of off-duty law enforcement officers, the Chief of Police or his designee shall verify that the balance in the escrow account of the person or entity requesting services is sufficient to cover the compensation and fees for the number of hours specified in the request for services. The Chief of Police shall not post a request for services from any person or entity unless all fees and compensation required in the manner described have been deposited with the Borough Clerk. No officer shall provide any such services for more hours than are specified in the request for services.
In the event the funds in such an escrow account should become depleted, services of off-duty law enforcement officers shall cease and requests for further or future services shall not be performed or posted until additional funds have been deposited in the escrow account in the manner prescribed.
The person or entity requesting such services shall be responsible for ensuring that sufficient funds remain in the escrow account in order to avoid any interruption of services.
All requests to the Borough for services of off-duty law enforcement offers in the Borough of Lindenwold Police Department shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police for posting at least 10 days before such services are required. Any law enforcement officers, when so employed by the Borough, shall be treated as an employee of the Borough; provided, however, that wages earned for outside employment shall not be applied toward the pension benefits of law enforcement officers so employed, nor shall hours worked for outside employment be considered in any way compensable as overtime.
[Amended 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 1123; 9-10-2003 by Ord. No. 1138; 4-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1203; 4-9-2008 by Ord. No. 1230; 9-5-2012 by Ord. No. 1324]
[Adopted 5-14-2003 by Ord. No. 1132]
[Amended 6-8-2011 by Ord. No. 1278]
There is hereby created in and for the Borough of Lindenwold a Police Department which shall consist of no more than a Chief of Police, one Captain, two Lieutenants, eight Sergeants and 30 patrolmen.
The Police Department shall preserve the public peace; protect life and property; detect, arrest and prosecute offenders of the laws of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Borough of Lindenwold; direct and control traffic; provide attendance and protection during emergencies; provide appearances in court; cooperate with all other law enforcement agencies; and provide training for the efficiency of its members and officers.
The Director of Public Safety as named by the Borough Council shall be designated as the appropriate authority as provided in the New Jersey Statutes. The appropriate authority shall be responsible for the overall performance of the Police Department. The appropriate authority shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the government of the Police Department and for the discipline of its members.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the appropriate authority for its efficiency and day-to-day operations. Pursuant to policies established by the appropriate authority, the Chief of Police shall:
Administer and enforce the rules and regulations of the Police Department and any special emergency directive for the disposition and discipline of the Department and its members and officers;
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department;
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all members and officers;
Delegate such authority as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under the Chief's direction and control; and
Report at least monthly to the appropriate authority in such form as shall be prescribed on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and make such other reports as may be requested by the appropriate authority.
No member or officer of the Police Department shall be suspended, removed, fined or reduced in rank for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct or disobedience as provided in the New Jersey Statutes and the Police Department's rules and regulations.
No person shall be appointed to the Police Department who is not qualified as provided in the New Jersey Statutes. The appropriate authority may also require that an applicant for appointment to the Police Department shall successfully complete a physical, mental and psychological examination.