Township of Robbinsville, NJ
Mercer County
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A. 
Performance of duty. All employees shall promptly perform their duties as required or directed by law, Department rule, policy or directive, or by lawful order or a superior officer. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
B. 
Action off duty. While off duty, police officers shall take appropriate action as needed in any police matter that comes to their attention within their jurisdiction as authorized by New Jersey law and Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
C. 
Obedience to laws and rules. Employees shall obey all laws, ordinances, rules, policies and procedures and directives of the Department. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
D. 
Withholding information. Employees shall report any information concerning suspected criminal or improper activity of those employed by the Robbinsville Township Police Department, and others. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
E. 
Reporting violations of law or rules. Employees knowing of other employees violating laws, ordinances or rules of the Department shall report same in writing to the Chief of Police through official channels. If the employee believes the information is of such gravity that it must be brought to the immediate, personal attention of the Chief of Police, official channels may be bypassed. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
F. 
Insubordination. Employees shall not:
(1) 
Fail or refuse to obey a lawful order given by a supervisor. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
(2) 
Use any disrespectful or abusive language or action toward a supervisor. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
G. 
Conduct toward other departmental employees. Employees shall treat other Department employees with respect. They shall be courteous and civil at all times in their relationships with one another. When on duty and in the presence of the public, officers should be referred to by rank. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
H. 
Compromising criminal cases. Employees shall not interfere with the proper administration of criminal justice. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
I. 
Recommending attorney and bail bond brokers prohibited. Employees shall not suggest, recommend or advise the retention of any attorney or bail bond broker to any person as a result of police business. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
J. 
Posting bail. Employees shall not post bail for any person in custody, except relatives. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
K. 
Use of force. Employees shall follow Department policy and procedure on the use of force. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
L. 
Physical fitness. Police officers shall maintain good physical condition so that they can handle the strenuous physical activities often required of a law enforcement officer. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
M. 
Driver's license. Employees operating Department motor vehicles shall possess a valid New Jersey driver's license that is in compliance with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Code. Whenever a driver's license is revoked, suspended or lost, the employee shall immediately notify the appropriate supervisor giving full particulars. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
N. 
Address and telephone numbers. Employees are required to have a telephone in the place where they reside. Changes in address or telephone number shall be reported in writing to the appropriate supervisor within 24 hours of the change. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
A. 
Issuing orders.
(1) 
Manner of issuing orders. Orders from a supervisor to a subordinate shall be in clear and understandable language. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
(2) 
Unlawful orders. No supervisor shall knowingly issue any order which is in violation of any law or ordinance. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
(3) 
Improper orders. No supervisor shall knowingly issue any order which is in violation of any Department rule, policy or procedure. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
B. 
Receiving orders.
(1) 
Questions regarding orders. Employees in doubt as to the nature or detail of an order shall seek clarification from their supervisors by going through the chain of command. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
(2) 
Obedience to unlawful orders. Employees are not required to obey any order which is contrary to any law or ordinance. Responsibility for refusal to obey rests with the employee, who will be required to justify the refusal to obey. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
(3) 
Obedience to improper orders. Employees who are given any order which is contrary to Department rule, policy or procedure must first obey the order to the best of their ability, and then report the improper order as provided. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
(4) 
Conflicting orders. Upon receipt of an order conflicting with any previous order, the employee affected will advise the person issuing the second order of this fact. Responsibility for countermanding the original order rests with the individual issuing the second order. If so directed, the latter order shall be obeyed first. Orders will be countermanded, or conflicting orders will be issued, only when reasonably necessary for the good of the Department.
(5) 
Reports of unlawful or improper orders. An employee receiving an unlawful or improper order shall, at first opportunity, report in writing to the next highest-ranking supervisor above the supervisor who issued the unlawful or improper order. Action regarding such a report shall be conducted by the Chief of Police. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
(6) 
Criticism of official acts or orders. Employees shall not criticize the actions or orders of any Department employee in a manner which is defamatory, obscene or which tends to impair the efficient operation of the Department. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
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Release of information. Employees shall not release any information nor reveal any confidential business of the Department to the public or the press except as provided in Department policy and procedure. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
B. 
Department records. Contents of any record or report filed within the Department shall not be exhibited or divulged to any person other than a duly authorized police officer, except with the approval of the appropriate supervisor, or under due process of law, or as permitted under Department policy and procedures. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
C. 
Reports. No employee shall knowingly falsify any official report or enter or cause to be entered any inaccurate, false or improper information on records of the Department. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
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Soliciting or accepting benefits. Employees shall not directly or indirectly solicit, accept or agree to accept any benefit not allowed by law to influence the performance of their official duties. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
B. 
Rewards. Employees shall not accept any gift, gratuity or reward in money or other compensation for services rendered in the line of duty, except that which may be authorized by law and Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
C. 
Disposition of unauthorized gifts, gratuities. Any unauthorized gift, gratuity, loan, fee, reward or other object coming into the possession of any employee shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police, together with a written report explaining the circumstances. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
A. 
Consuming alcoholic beverages before duty. Employees shall not consume alcoholic beverages within four hours prior to reporting for duty. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
B. 
Being under the influence. Employees shall not report for duty under the influence of any alcoholic beverage. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
C. 
Consuming alcoholic beverages on duty. Employees of the Department shall not consume any alcoholic beverage while on duty. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
D. 
Exception.
(1) 
Employees while assigned to duty in civilian clothes may consume alcoholic beverages only if such consumption:
(a) 
Is absolutely necessary in the performance of duty;
(b) 
Has been approved by the appropriate supervisor;
(c) 
Does not render the employee unfit for proper and efficient performance of duty;
(d) 
The consumption is in direct connection with an established and bona fide religious observation and the member has received prior approval by the appropriate supervisor.
(2) 
A violation of Subsection D(1)(a) through (c) inclusive shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
E. 
Consuming alcoholic beverages off duty in uniform.
(1) 
Employees shall not consume alcoholic beverages while off duty and in uniform or any recognizable component of the uniform. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
(2) 
Employees shall not consume alcoholic beverages while off duty and engage in conduct that negatively effects the Department. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
F. 
Alcoholic beverages in police buildings. Alcoholic beverages shall not, at any time, be consumed in police buildings, grounds or facilities. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
G. 
Supervisor's responsibility. Supervisors shall not assign to duty or allow to remain on duty any employee whose fitness for duty is questionable due to the use of alcohol or medication. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
H. 
Possession of alcoholic beverages. Employees shall not have alcoholic beverages on their person while on duty or in uniform, nor in any police Department building or vehicle, except for evidential or other authorized purpose. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
I. 
Entering licensed premises. Employees in uniform shall not enter any licensed premises where alcoholic beverages are sold or stored, except in the performance of duty and in compliance with Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
J. 
Taking medication on duty. Employees of the Department shall not take any medication which may diminish their alertness or impair their senses prior to or after reporting for duty unless directed by a physician. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
K. 
Notification about medication. When employees are required to take any prescription medication or any nonprescription medication which may diminish their alertness or impair their senses, the employee shall notify their supervisor as to the medication required, its properties, the dosage and the period during which the employee is required to take the medication. If the medication is a nonprescription drug, the employee shall make this notification. The required notification shall be made prior to the employee reporting for duty. Every reasonable effort to ensure the confidentiality of this information provided shall be taken. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
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Reporting for duty. Employees shall report for duty at the time and place specified, properly uniformed and equipped. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
B. 
Absence from duty. An employee who fails to appear for duty at the date, time and place specified without the consent of competent authority is absent without leave. Supervisors shall immediately report to their supervisor in writing any employee who is absent without leave. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
C. 
Prohibited activity on duty. Employees who are on duty are prohibited from engaging in activities which are not directly related to the performance of their duty (e.g., sleeping, conducting private business or gambling). A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
D. 
Smoking while on duty. Employees shall not smoke except in authorized areas. Employees shall not smoke on duty while in direct contact with the public. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
E. 
Personal radios. The use of portable radios and any other form of entertainment other than equipment authorized by the Department is prohibited while on duty. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
F. 
Relief. Employees are to remain at their assignments and on duty until properly relieved by other employees or until dismissed by competent authority. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
G. 
Meals. All meals are to be consumed within authorized areas, subject to modification by the supervisor. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
H. 
Training. Employees shall attend training at the direction of the appropriate supervisor. Such attendance is considered a duty assignment, unless the prevailing collective bargaining agreement provides otherwise. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
I. 
Inspections. Employees directed to attend full dress inspections shall report in the uniform prescribed and carry the equipment specified. Unauthorized absence from such inspection shall be considered an absence without leave. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
A. 
Regulation uniforms required. All police officers and uniformed civilians shall maintain uniforms prescribed in Department policy and procedure. Uniforms shall be kept neat, clean and well-pressed at all times. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
B. 
Manner of dress on duty. Employees shall wear the uniform or civilian clothing on duty as prescribed by Department policy and procedure for the employee's current assignment. A violation shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
C. 
Wearing jewelry on duty. Police officers on duty shall not wear loose fitting jewelry which may be grasped during a struggle or which can inflict injury or retard the mobility of the officer. This provision shall not prohibit nonuniform officers on duty from wearing jewelry appropriate for the conditions of their current assignment in accordance with Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
D. 
Personal appearance. Employees, while on duty, shall be neat and clean in person, with uniform or clothes clean and pressed. This provision shall not prohibit nonuniform officers on duty from dressing appropriately for the conditions of their current assignment in accordance with Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
E. 
Wearing or carrying identification. Employees shall wear or carry their Department identification at all times, provided that it is practical under the circumstances. A violation shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
F. 
Identification as police officer.
(1) 
Except when impractical or where the identity is obvious, police officers shall identify themselves by displaying the official badge or identification card before taking police action. A violation shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
(2) 
Any officer, while off duty, who has contact with another law enforcement agency in an official capacity, excepting minor motor vehicle infractions, shall notify their commanding officer, through the proper chain of command, of the circumstances surrounding said encounter. Such notification shall be made as soon as practical after the contact. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
A. 
Equipment on duty. Employees shall carry all equipment on duty as prescribed in Department policy and procedure based on their assignment. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
B. 
Equipment off duty. Employees shall carry equipment off duty as prescribed in Department policy and procedure based on their assignment. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
C. 
Firearms. Employees shall follow Department policy and procedure on the care and handling of firearms. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
D. 
Department property and equipment. Employees are responsible for the proper care of Department property and equipment assigned to them. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
E. 
Use of Department property and equipment. Employees shall not use any Department property or equipment for personal business or pleasure. A violation shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
F. 
Damaged or inoperative property or equipment. Employees shall immediately report to their supervisors any loss of or damage to Department property assigned to or used by them. The supervisor shall also be notified of any defects or hazardous conditions existing in any Department equipment property. A violation shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
G. 
Care of Department buildings. Employees shall not mark or deface any surface in any Department building. No material shall be affixed to any wall in Department buildings without specific authorization from the appropriate supervisor. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
H. 
Notices. Employees shall not mark, alter or deface any posted notice of the Department. Notices or announcements shall not be posted on bulletin boards without permission of the appropriate supervisor, except those areas designated for use by the collective bargaining units. A violation shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
I. 
Use of Department vehicles. Employees shall not use any Department vehicle without the permission of a supervisor. Department vehicles shall never be used for personal business or pleasure except as provided for in Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
J. 
Operation of Department vehicles. When operating Department vehicles, employees shall not violate traffic laws except in cases of emergency and then only in conformity with state law and Department policy and procedure regarding same. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
K. 
Transporting citizens. Citizens will be transported in Department vehicles only in conformance with Department policy. A violation shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
L. 
Reporting accidents. Accidents involving Department personnel, property, equipment and vehicles must be reported in accordance with Department policy and procedure. A violation shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
M. 
Inspection. Departmental property and equipment is and remains the property of the Department and is subject to entry and inspection without notice, including but not limited to motor vehicles, lockers, desks and other work areas, computers, electronic messaging, storing and retrieval systems. A failure to allow immediate access to the Department property or equipment shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
N. 
Liability. If Department property is damaged or lost as a result of misuse or negligence by an employee, that employee will be held liable to reimburse the Department for the damage or loss and is subject to disciplinary action.
O. 
Surrender of Department property.
(1) 
Upon separation from the Department. Employees are required to surrender all Department property in their possession upon separation from the service. For failure to return a nonexpendable item, the employee will be required to reimburse the Department for the fair market value of the article. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
(2) 
Under suspension. Any employee under suspension shall immediately surrender his identification, firearm (if applicable) and all other Department property to the appropriate supervisor pending disposition of the case. A violation shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
A. 
Restrictions.
(1) 
Employees shall:
(a) 
Not use Department letterheads for private correspondence.
(b) 
Only send correspondence out of the Department under the direction of the appropriate supervisor.
(2) 
A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
B. 
Forwarding communications. Any employee who receives a written communication for transmission to another employee shall forward same without delay. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
C. 
Use of Department address. Employees shall not use the Department as a mailing address for private purposes. The Department address shall not be used for any private vehicle registration or drivers license. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 5 offense.
D. 
Telephones. Department telephone equipment may not be used for personal use involving toll charges without the express approval of a supervisor. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
E. 
Radio discipline. Employees operating the police radios shall strictly observe the procedures and restrictions for such operations as set forth in Department policy and procedure and by the Federal Communications Commission. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
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Courtesy. Employees shall be courteous and orderly in their dealings with the public. They shall perform their duties politely, avoiding profane language and shall always remain calm regardless of provocation. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
B. 
Request for identification. Upon request, employees are required to supply their name and identification in a courteous manner. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
C. 
Impartiality. Employees shall not exhibit bias or favoritism toward any person because of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or influence. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
D. 
Use of derogatory terms. Employees shall not use language that is derogatory to anyone because of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or influence. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
E. 
Affiliation with certain organizations prohibited. No employee shall knowingly became a member of any organization which advocates the violation of law, or which professes hatred, prejudice or oppression against any racial or religious group or political entity, except when necessary in the performance of duty and at the direction of the Chief of Police. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
F. 
Representing the Police Department. Employees shall not give public speeches or demonstrations on behalf of the Department, nor shall they endorse any product or service as a representative of the Department, without prior approval from the Chief of Police. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
A. 
Employees shall not be candidates for or hold office in elective public positions or political organizations within or inclusive of the jurisdiction in which they are employed unless authorized to do so by the county prosecutor. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
B. 
Employees may contribute funds or any other thing of value to candidates for public office subject to the provision of law governing such contributions. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
C. 
Employees shall not engage in any political activity while on duty, or while in uniform, or at any other time if to do so would conflict with their duties or impair their ability to perform their duties. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
D. 
Employees shall not directly or indirectly use or attempt to use their official position to influence the political activity of another person. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
E. 
Employees shall not engage in any polling duties except in the performance of their official duties. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
F. 
Employees shall not display any political material on any government property or on their person while on duty or in uniform. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
A. 
Duty of employee to appear and testify. Employees shall appear and testify on matters directly related to the conduct of their office, position or employment before any court, grand jury or the State Commission of Investigation. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
B. 
Subpoena. Employees must attend court or quasi-judicial hearings as required by a subpoena. Permission to omit this duty must be obtained from the prosecuting attorney handling the case or other competent court officials or command personnel. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 offense.
C. 
Court appearance. When appearing in court on Department business, employees shall wear either the Department uniform or appropriate business attire. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
D. 
Testifying for the defendant. Any employee subpoenaed to testify for the defense or against the municipality or Department in any hearing or trial shall notify the appropriate supervisor immediately upon receipt of the subpoena. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 2 offense.
E. 
Department investigations. Employees are required to answer questions, file reports or render material and relevant statements in a departmental investigation when such questions and statements are directly related to job responsibilities. Employees shall be advised of, and permitted to invoke, all applicable constitutional and statutory rights, including consultation with their designated representative. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
F. 
Truthfulness. Employees are required to be truthful at all times whether under oath or not. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 offense.
G. 
Civil action; subpoenas. Employees shall not volunteer to testify in civil actions arising out of Department employment and shall not testify unless subpoenaed. If the subpoena arises out of Department employment or if employees are informed that they are a party to a civil action arising out of Department employment, they shall immediately notify the appropriate supervisor. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
H. 
Civil depositions and affidavits. Employees shall confer with the appropriate supervisor before giving a deposition or affidavit on a civil case relating to their police employment. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
I. 
Civil action, expert witness. Employees shall not volunteer or agree to testify as expert witnesses in civil actions without the prior written approval of the County Prosecutor. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.
J. 
Civil process. Employees shall not serve civil process or assist in civil cases unless such service is approved by the appropriate supervisor. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 4 offense.