In cooperation with the New Jersey Civil Defense - Disaster Control Division, the municipality of North Brunswick, County of Middlesex, has established a CD-DC auxiliary police organization.
The CD-DC auxiliary police established in the municipality of North Brunswick will be used as prescribed by N.J.S.A. App. A:9-1 et seq. (National Defense Title) and other related orders and directives of the State Director of Civil Defense - Disaster Control or the Governor of New Jersey and State Civil Defense Act (P.L. 1942, c. 251, as amended). As prescribed by these statutes, New Jersey Civil Defense - Disaster Control auxiliary police shall be used only during a properly declared local emergency or disaster or training mission approved by the Mayor and in cooperation with the local Civil Defense - Disaster Control Director under the direct supervision of the Municipal Chief of Police.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq.
The precise implementation of the local auxiliary police will be the responsibility of the Chief of Police of the municipality wherein the personnel reside after consultation with the Mayor and the local CD-DC Director.
The assignment of auxiliary police to an emergency, disaster or training mission will be requested by the Chief of Police or Mayor in cooperation with the local Civil Defense - Disaster Control Director.
Auxiliary police detailed for duty must adhere to the following procedures before assuming their assignments:
Auxiliary police shall report to police headquarters personally and log name, date and time of reporting and specific assignment in the auxiliary police docket.
Upon completion of an assignment, whether an emergency or training mission, auxiliary police shall sign out personally in the auxiliary police docket at police headquarters (date and time completed and signature). Auxiliary police will also note at this time any unusual circumstances encountered and submit a signed report on any unusual incident during this tour of duty (activity report).
Auxiliary police properly summoned and assigned to duty are covered by state statute in case of injury or death during the time of assignment only.
In the event of an extreme emergency or disaster, every effort will be made to comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to auxiliary police activities. But if action has to be taken immediately, verbal approval should be obtained from the Chief of Police, the local CD-DC Director or person in charge of the police at the time of the emergency.
Auxiliary police, when properly assigned, must follow and comply with all rules and regulations of the Police Department as prescribed by the Chief of Police or his designated subordinate of the regular Police Department.
Regular police personnel, regardless of rank, will not relinquish their authority to supervise to a superior rank member of the auxiliary police.
No remuneration is paid to auxiliary police for performance of duty, monetary or otherwise.
Auxiliary police, defined N.J.S.A. App. A:9-45 (see Directive No. 28, revised 10-8-1957 with regard to P.L. 1942, c. 251, amended by P.L. 1939, c. 86). Personnel properly enrolled, trained and certified according to the orders, rules and regulations of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-45 as auxiliary police shall have the powers of regular police officers during a designated emergency or properly assigned training mission only. All assignments of auxiliary police will be approved by the Chief of Police of the municipality or authority having this responsibility during an emergency or disaster or training mission.
General operational assignments listed are the municipality's option for use of CD-DC auxiliary police:
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic control.
Receiving and disseminating warnings.
Disseminating information and instructions to the public as directed.
Security of governmental buildings within the municipality, federal, state, county or local, as directed.
Security of essential industries, power sources and communications.
Assisting in staffing and operating the emergency operating center.
Enforcement of law and order as required and/or directed.
Documentation of all tasks initiated or completed and unusual incidents encountered during assigned duty.
Firearms assignments to auxiliary police will be made at the discretion of the local Chief of Police.
Assignments may be made under the following conditions:
Personnel shall be properly trained and qualified by a competent and sanctioned regular police firearms instructor certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
Auxiliary police shall have been properly investigated by proper authorities with reference to character, medical record and psychological background.
Auxiliary police must be properly covered by insurance by the municipality authorizing the use of firearms.
Auxiliary police are deemed a necessity to a well-organized Civil Defense - Disaster Control operation in any municipality. Their qualifications should meet a minimum standard to enable them to perform their assignments in a proper manner. The service they perform is a reflection upon the municipality they serve and the Civil Defense - Disaster Control Division of the State of New Jersey. Proper selection and training of auxiliary police is essential for an efficient operational agency to supplement the regular police force in the event of any local, state or national emergency.
Civil defense police services are built on existing law enforcement organizations. Through years of law enforcement, America's Police Departments have developed and used methods and procedures for handling emergencies of all types. Police problems encountered in civil defense are closely related to those of peacetime operations but are multiplied under emergency conditions in direct proportion to the extent of the emergency. The many police agencies in New Jersey which participate in law enforcement programs must be ready to mobilize for civil defense emergencies and to work together as one functioning organization. To this end, the civil defense policies, administration, operation and training of police services should be uniform.
Auxiliary officers must work a minimum of one four-hour detail every 14 days (104 hours yearly).
There not being a specific auxiliary police uniform, North Brunswick auxiliary police officers will wear the existing reserve police uniform as determined by the Chief of Police.
North Brunswick auxiliary police officers will wear a shoulder patch indicating their designation as reserve or special police determined by each officer's level of training and his qualifications.
The Chief of Police will appoint a Commanding Officer to be in charge of all auxiliary reserve/special officers, and to act as his representative in auxiliary police matters.