City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 11-26-1986 by Ord. No. MC-2248; amended in its entirety 12-19-2002 by Ord. No. MC-3805. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Administration of government — See Ch. 5.

Ambulance services — See Ch. 22.

Municipal Court — See Ch. 33.

Defense of employees — See Ch. 39.

Fire Department — See Ch. 55.

Health benefits — See Ch. 57.

Parking enforcement officers — See Ch. 77, Art. I.

Personnel policies — See Ch. 82.

§ 87-1
Creation of Police Department. 

§ 87-2
Duties of Police Department. 

§ 87-3
Appropriate authority; Mayor and Police Director. 

§ 87-4
Chief of Police. 

§ 87-5
Line of authority. 

§ 87-6
Discipline. 

§ 87-7
Appointment of Police Department personnel. 

§ 87-8
Special law enforcement officers. 

§ 87-9
Salary grades; promotions. 

§ 87-10
Training course. 

§ 87-11
Organizational units. 

§ 87-12
Custody of found, abandoned and stolen property. 

§ 87-13
Chaplains to serve without compensation. 

§ 87-14
Disciplinary procedures. 

§ 87-15
Off-duty employment. 

§ 87-16
Housing Authority Unit. 

§ 87-17
Use of shooting ranges. 

§ 87-1 Creation of Police Department.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

There is hereby created in and for the City of Camden a Police Department, which shall consist of a Police Director, a Chief of Police and members and officers as shall be deemed necessary by the governing body of the City of Camden which shall, from time to time, determine the number of persons, including, without limitation, temporary officers and members in an emergency, to be appointed to these positions, together with their compensation, all as provided for under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.

§ 87-2 Duties of Police Department.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340; 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388]

The Police Department shall preserve the public peace; protect life and property; detect, arrest and assist in the prosecution of offenders of the laws of New Jersey and the ordinances of the City of Camden; manage the traffic conditions within the City and provide attendance and protection during emergencies; and provide training for the efficiency of its members and officers, all as provided for under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.

§ 87-3 Appropriate authority; Mayor and Police Director.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

The Mayor or his/her designee shall be the appropriate authority as provided in the New Jersey statutes unless a Police Director is appointed, in which case the Police Director shall be the chief executive and the appropriate authority and shall be the head of the Department in the absence of an appointed Chief of Police. 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, all as provided for under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.

§ 87-4 Chief of Police.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

The Chief of Police, if one is appointed, shall be directly responsible to the appropriate authority for the efficiency and day-to-day operations of the Police Department and shall be the head of the Department. Pursuant to the policies established by the appropriate authority, the Chief of Police shall:

A. 

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;

B. 

Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department;

C. 

Prescribe the duties and assignments of all members and officers;

D. 

Delegate such authority as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under the Chief's function and control; and

E. 

Report at least monthly to the appropriate authority in such form as shall be prescribed by the appropriate authority on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and make such other reports as may be requested by the appropriate authority, all as provided for under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.

§ 87-5 Line of authority.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340; 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388; 9-2-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4417
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it shall be retroactive to 7-30-2008.
]

In addition to the authority vested in the Mayor and Police Director, as listed in § 87-3 above, ranks for the Camden City Police Department, as provided for under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, setting forth the line of authority, shall be the following:

A. 

Chief of Police;

B. 

Deputy Chief of Police;

C. 

Police Inspector;

D. 

Captain of Police;

E. 

Lieutenant of Police;

F. 

Sergeant of Police;

G. 

Police Officer;

H. 

Probationary and such other non-sworn Police Department employees as the governing body of the City of Camden authorizes.

§ 87-6 Discipline.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

Members of the Police Department may be disciplined as provided in the New Jersey statutes, New Jersey Administrative Code, City of Camden ordinances and policies, and/or the Police Department's rules and regulations, policies and procedures, all as provided under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-147.

§ 87-7 Appointment of Police Department personnel.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

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, as provided under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-122 and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-127.

§ 87-8 Special law enforcement officers.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]

The governing body of the City of Camden, through the appropriate authority, may appoint, from time to time, special law enforcement officers in accordance with New Jersey statutes. They shall possess and exercise all the powers and duties provided by said statutes during their term in office, but shall not be regular sworn rank and entitled to tenure. Special law enforcement officers may be authorized, when on duty, to exercise some or all of the powers and authority as regular members of the Police Department, including the carrying of firearms and the powers of arrest, as provided under N.J.S.A 40A:14-146.8 et seq., and may be used to complement but never in lieu of regular sworn ranks so as to establish minimum staffing levels in any assignment.

§ 87-9 Salary grades; promotions.

[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388]
A. 

Police officers' salary grades shall be established consistent with the laws of the State of New Jersey and by agreement with the majority representative of the employee organization, as defined by and pursuant to the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 and N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1.

B. 

No police officer shall receive a promotion or appointment who has not been a member of the Department of Police for at least three years.

§ 87-10 Training course.

[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388]
A. 

No person shall be given or accept a permanent appointment as a police officer in the City unless such person has successfully completed a police training course at a school approved and authorized by the Police Training Commission in the Department of Law and Public Safety of the State of New Jersey, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:17B-66 et seq.

B. 

This section shall not prohibit the giving or accepting of a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer, for a period not to exceed one year, to enable a person seeking a permanent appointment to complete a police training course as prescribed by the Police Training Commission.

C. 

No City police candidate shall be permitted to take a police training course under authority of the City unless he holds a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer in the City.

§ 87-11 Organizational units.

[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. MC-4340]
A. 

The appropriate authority is authorized to structure the Police Department into various commands and establish units of responsibility that will enable the Police Department to fulfill its public safety mission and that are consistent with state statutes and City ordinances.

B. 

Unless otherwise provided by statute or labor agreements, the appropriate authority shall have complete and exclusive power for assignment and reassignment of Police Department personnel, and there shall be no right of appeal from said decisions regarding said assignments.

§ 87-12 Custody of found, abandoned and stolen property.

The Police Chief shall provide, by rules and regulations, for the custody and safekeeping of all property alleged to be found, abandoned, stolen or embezzled; all property taken from the person of any prisoner; and all property alleged to have been acquired or possessed unlawfully which shall come into the possession of any member of the Department. All such property and money shall be promptly described and registered and accounted for in detail in such manner as the Business Administrator shall prescribe. Such property shall be subject to the applicable statutes of the State of New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:64-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 2C:65-1 et seq.

§ 87-13 Chaplains to serve without compensation.

All persons appointed as chaplains shall serve without salary.

§ 87-14 Disciplinary procedures.

[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388]
A. 

Disciplinary procedures will be prescribed by departmental policy and practice as established by the Director and implemented by the Police Chief of the Department of Police. The procedures for implementing these disciplinary policies shall be consistent with civil service rules and regulations and initiated at the Department level.

B. 

The Business Administrator will hear all appeals pursuant to these procedures.

§ 87-15 Off-duty employment.

[Amended 6-10-2004 by Ord. No. MC-3956]
A. 

Types of secondary employment. There shall be three types of secondary employment classifications, as follows:

(1) 

Regular secondary employment: Employment of a non-police nature in which vested police powers are not a condition of employment, and the work provides no real or implied law enforcement service to the employer.

(2) 

Contracted secondary employment: Work of a police nature in which vested police powers are a condition of a contractual agreement and City property/equipment may or may not be utilized and Department uniforms of any kind are worn, or City property/equipment is used and Department uniforms of any kind may or may not be worn, or work in which vested police powers are a condition of employment and off-duty members are not hired by the secondary employer as his employee on either a full- or part-time basis.

Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A(3), Noncontracted secondary employment, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 7-28-2005 by Ord. No. MC-4090.

B. 

Prohibited employment services: Members are prohibited from engaging in or offering their services as an employee under any conditions of employment which present a threat to the status or dignity of the law enforcement profession or create a potential conflict of interest. Some examples of such employment are:

(1) 

Establishments that sell pornographic books, magazines, sexual devices, adult videos or that otherwise provide entertainment of a sexual nature.

(2) 

Employment involving the sale, manufacture or transport of alcoholic beverages, unless approved by the New Jersey State Alcohol and Beverage Control Board. Such approval does not guarantee approval from the Chief of Police.

(3) 

As a process server, repossessor, bill collector, or any employment in which police powers are used for purposes of a civil nature.

(4) 

As a tow truck operator or owner/representative of a towing business providing services within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Camden.

(5) 

Contracted or noncontracted secondary employment involving any labor dispute or strike within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Camden.

(6) 

Any employment that assists in any manner the case preparation of the defense of any criminal or quasi-criminal proceeding, or for either side in any civil action resulting from an incident occurring in the City of Camden.

(7) 

At no time shall any member act as an independent contractor and advertise, hold themselves out, actively pursue and solicit a variety of police-related opportunities on a regular basis for hire or profit or otherwise engage in a "private detective business."

(8) 

Any employment at a location known or believed to be associated with organized crime or any other criminal activity.

(9) 

Personnel investigations for the private sector or any employment which might require the member to have access to confidential police information, files, records or services as a condition of employment.

(10) 

Wearing the Department uniform while in the performance of tasks other than those of a police nature.

C. 

Limitations of secondary employment:

(1) 

Members who are on extended medical leave may only be eligible to engage in secondary employment that is consistent with limitations established by the attending medical professional contracted by the City regarding their primary employment status.

(2) 

Members on limited- or restricted-duty status may only engage in secondary employment that is consistent with limitations established by the attending medical professional contracted by the City or other authority regarding their primary employment status.

(3) 

Members who have not completed their field-training program shall not be eligible for contracted secondary employment.

(4) 

Members shall not work any secondary employment assignments during the times of their scheduled tour of duty while on administrative leave.

(5) 

Members shall not work secondary employment assignments while on sick leave during the same twenty-four-hour period of their regular scheduled tour of duty. Where the members sick leave is for an immediate family illness, the member may work secondary employment assignments during hours not in conflict with their regular scheduled tour of duty.

(6) 

Absent emergency conditions, members shall not work in excess of 16 hours in a twenty-four-hour period whether on primary or secondary employment or any combination thereof. The Chief of Police must authorize all emergency condition exemptions,

(7) 

Secondary employment work hours must be scheduled in a manner that does not conflict or interfere with the members regular assigned duties.

(8) 

Unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Police, contracted secondary employment shall be limited to the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Camden.

(9) 

Members while engaged in any secondary employment are subject to call-out in case of emergency, and may be expected to leave their secondary employment in such situations.

D. 

Contract agreements:

(1) 

Any government, private, nonprofit or profit entity seeking to utilize the services of department members in a contracted secondary employment capacity under the provisions set forth in this directive shall submit application to the Chief of Police on the prescribed form.

(2) 

Upon receipt, the Chief of Police shall determine if such request should be granted; in the event approval is given, a written contract shall be prepared on a form approved by the City Attorney's office. Upon signing such agreement, contracted secondary employment may begin.

(3) 

The Secondary Employment Program Coordinator shall forward a copy of the contract to the Department of Finance within 48 hours of execution.

E. 

Staffing:

(1) 

The Chief of Police shall designate, as deemed appropriate, a member of sufficient rank as the Secondary Employment Program Coordinator. The program coordinator shall be responsible for all administrative responsibilities of the program, including the assignment of job coordinators and staff, processing of applications, drafting contracts, recordkeeping and the preparation of time sheets.

(2) 

Job coordinators are responsible for assisting the program coordinator in selecting, supervising and scheduling necessary staff.

(3) 

All staff and job coordinators shall be selected for contracted secondary employment in a fair and equitable manner, taking into account the relationship between the employed members skill, rank and past record (including a history of failing to report as scheduled for contracted secondary employment assignments, unacceptable work performance etc.) and the nature of the contracted secondary employment assignment. Sound management principles, including span of control and the nature of the required job tasks, should be taken into consideration when determining staffing needs.

(4) 

The Chief of Police may deny or revoke any employee's contracted secondary employment with just cause whenever it is determined that such employment is not in the best interest of the Department, or where any provision of this section has been violated.

F. 

Escrow accounts. All secondary employers required to contract under the provisions of this directive shall, upon acceptance by the City, deposit a predetermined amount of payroll funds into an escrow account established and managed by the City of Camden Department of Finance. A separate escrow account shall be established for each secondary employment contract. All salaries paid for services shall be drawn from the established escrow account. Initial as well as future deposits shall be made in accordance with a deposit schedule outlined within the contractual agreement.

G. 

Wages:

(1) 

The hourly rate for contracted secondary employment shall be $45 per hour, unless otherwise negotiated and agreed upon by the secondary employer, City of Camden, and the collective bargaining agents representing both rank/file and supervising members. Members shall receive compensation in their primary payroll check.

(2) 

Payroll for contracted secondary employment shall be documented on a time sheet and forwarded to fiscal management personnel assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. Preparation and submission of time sheets is the responsibility of the designated secondary employment program coordinator.

(3) 

Compensation for regular off-duty employment and noncontracted secondary employment shall be independently negotiated between the secondary employer and the employed member. The secondary employer shall pay all compensation directly to the employed member.

H. 

Administrative fees. The City of Camden shall require secondary employers who are subject to the contract provisions of this policy to pay an administrative fee of $5 per hour for each police vehicle used for the provision of services in furtherance of the contract. The purpose of the administrative fee is to offset the administrative cost of equipment maintenance, fuel, processing, and liability exposure. Additionally, secondary employers must pay an administrative fee of $15 per contract to offset all administrative costs associated with processing the contract. Administrative fees shall be paid by the secondary employer in addition to the members wages.

[Amended 4-27-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4173]

I. 

Penalty:

(1) 

No person, with the exception of those persons assigned by the Business Administrator, the City Attorney or the Chief of Police, shall negotiate any "contracted secondary employment" contract or agreement concerning employment of members of the City of Camden Police Department.

(2) 

No person shall solicit for the contracted secondary employment of members of the City of Camden Police Department.

(3) 

Any person violating Subsection J(1) or (2) of this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, six months' imprisonment or 90 days community service.

§ 87-16 Housing Authority Unit.

[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4388; 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4402]
A. 

There is hereby established within the City of Camden Police Department a unit known as the "Housing Authority Unit," which shall be constituted as a section within the City of Camden Police Department.

B. 

The officers assigned to said section shall devote their full time to police activities within the various developments of the Housing Authority of the City of Camden, subject only to the authority of the Chief of Police to make emergency assignments or the need of the police officers to respond to emergencies outside those developments.

C. 

The officers assigned to the Housing Authority Unit, as well as any other officers of the City of Camden Police Department devoted to police activities within the various developments of the Housing Authority of the City of Camden, shall have the authority within the Housing Authority's developments to enforce all laws and ordinances enacted for preserving public peace and good order, including, but not limited to, the laws of the State of New Jersey and ordinances of the City of Camden governing defiant trespassing, loitering for controlled substances and prostitution purposes, and curfew.

D. 

The City of Camden may enter into an agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Camden that permits the officers of the City of Camden Police Department to exercise their full arrest powers, perform any police function, exercise any police power, or render any police service on behalf of, and on the private property within the various developments of, the Housing Authority of the City of Camden to enforce all laws and ordinances enacted for preserving public peace and good order.

E. 

Nothing contained herein shall be intended to be in derogation of the authority provided to the Chief of Police by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.

§ 87-17 Use of shooting ranges.

Editor's Note: The responsibilities for the Division of Animal Control were transferred from the Police Department to the Department of Code Enforcement by Ord. No. 4387, adopted 5-13-2008. See now § 5-71. Therefore, former § 87-17, Division of Animal Control, added 12-9-2004 by Ord. No. MC-4007, has been removed from this chapter.
[Added 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4406]
A. 

Application. Any authorized governmental entity seeking to utilize the indoor and/or outdoor shooting ranges under the provisions set forth in this section shall submit an application to the Chief of Police on the prescribed form.

B. 

Shooting range contract. Upon receipt of the application to use the City's shooting ranges, the Chief of Police shall determined if such request should be granted; in the event approval is given, a written contract shall be prepared on a form approved by the City Attorney's office. Upon signing such agreement, the authorized governmental entity can use the shooting range in accordance with the terms of the contract.

C. 

Fees. The City shall require authorized governmental entities which want to use the City's shooting ranges to pay a per-person fee of up to $25, as determined by the Chief of Police.

D. 

Staffing. The Chief of Police may designate a member of sufficient rank to be responsible for all administrative responsibilities for governmental entities contracting for use of the shooting range.