Township of Robbinsville, NJ
Mercer County
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As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORITY
The right to issue orders, give commands, enforce obedience, initiate action and make necessary decisions commensurate with rank or assignment as provided for in the Department rules, policies and procedures. Authority may be delegated by those so designated. Acts performed without proper authority or authorization shall be considered to be in violation of the rules.
CHAIN OF COMMAND
Vertical lines of communication, authority and responsibility within the organizational structure of the Department.
DAY
For punitive purposes, a "day" is defined as an eight-hour work block.
DAY OFF
Those days determined by the appropriate supervisor on which a given employee is excused from duty.
DIRECTIVE
A document detailing the performance of a specific activity or method of operation. Directive includes:
A. 
Broadly based directive dealing with policy and procedure and affecting one or more organizational subdivisions of the Department.
B. 
A directive initiating and announcing a change in the assignment, rank or status of personnel.
C. 
A directive dealing with a specific circumstance or event that is usually self-canceling.
EMPLOYEE
All employees of the Department, whether sworn, regular or special police officers or civilian employees.
ORDER
Any written or oral directive issued by a supervisor to any subordinate or group of subordinates in the course of police duty.
POLICY
A statement of Department principles that provides the basis for the development of procedures and directives.
PROCEDURE
A written statement providing specific direction for performing departmental activities. Procedures are implemented through policies and directives.
SUPERVISOR
Employee assigned to a position requiring the exercise of immediate supervision over the activities of other employees.
A. 
May/should. As used herein, the words "may" and "should" mean that the action indicated is permitted.
B. 
Shall/will. The words "shall" and "will," as used herein, shall indicate that the action required is mandatory.