[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 1-7-1975 by Ord. No. 4263-75 (Article 15 of Chapter 10 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 77.
The City Council may appoint not less than two nor more than 50 constables. Only persons who have been residents and qualified voters of the City of Clifton for at least three years prior to appointment shall be eligible therefor.
Every constable shall qualify within 30 days of his appointment and shall hold office for a term of three years from date of said appointment.
[Amended 10-21-1975 by Ord. No. 4300-75]
An annual charge for the privilege of holding the office of constable should be paid by each person in the sum of $25. The first annual charge shall be paid within 30 days of the date of appointment and thereafter on the anniversary date of said appointment.
[Amended 2-15-1977 by Ord. No. 4387-77; 7-5-1977 by Ord. No. 4411-77]
Each person appointed as a constable, before entering upon the execution of his office, shall file with the office of the City Clerk a certificate of liability insurance issued to the City of Clifton in an amount not less than $300,000. In addition thereto, each person appointed as a constable shall execute for the benefit of the City of Clifton an indemnification and hold harmless agreement to be secured with a surety bond in the sum of $10,000. Said surety bond and indemnification agreement shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk.
Each person appointed as a constable before entering upon the duties of his office shall take, subscribe and file with the Municipal Clerk the constable's oath in the form as prescribed by law. The oath may be administered by the City Clerk or by any person authorized by law to administer oaths.
The municipality shall supply each constable with a badge, suitably inscribed, to be returned at the expiration of the constable's term.
Every constable shall, on or before the first Wednesday following the first Monday of every month, file with the City Clerk a report of his official activities, other than in connection with court or judicial proceedings, for the month immediately past. The City Clerk shall forward a copy of the report to the Municipal Chief of Police.
The report shall list the names and addresses of all persons contacted by the constable in his official capacity, together with the date, time and purpose of the contact. In addition, the report shall contain an accurate statement of all fees collected by the constable and from whom and for what service each fee was collected.
The failure by a constable to file such a report for two consecutive months, unless he was prevented from so doing by reason of his physical incapacity, shall result in his office being deemed vacant, and he shall be barred from exercising the rights and privileges thereof.
Any constable who falsifies such report shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Each constable, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall submit proof of having successfully completed a course in the handling and use of firearms, which course must be approved by the Chief of Police, and, in addition, the candidate must be certified by the Chief of Police to be of good moral character.
The requirements for the gun course shall only apply to those constables who wish to carry guns during the performance of their duties.