Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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A. 
The Township Council shall appoint qualified applicants to the position of school traffic guard, part-time, which position was created by an ordinance of the Township adopted December 3, 1956.
B. 
Appointment to the position of school traffic guard shall be upon the recommendation of the Chief of Police and the Township Administrator.
A. 
To be eligible for appointment as school traffic guard, a person shall:
(1) 
Be a resident of the Township.
(2) 
Be a citizen of the United States, of good moral character and able to read and write the English language understandably.
(3) 
Be in good health, sound in body and mind and certified to by the Police Surgeon as being physically capable of performing the required duties.
B. 
Each appointee shall be sworn to faithful performance of the required duties.
C. 
Applicants for such position or new appointees shall present themselves for a period of preassignment training of such nature and duration as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the performance of the required duties, during which period such appointees or candidates for such position shall receive the hourly wage provided for such persons during the training period.
School traffic guards shall maintain the orderly movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic consistent with the safety of children attending school in the Township.
The Chief of Police shall be head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the Mayor and Council through the Township Administrator for efficiency and day-to-day operations of the Department. Pursuant to the policies established by the Township Administrator, 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 direction and control.
E. 
Report at least monthly to the Mayor and Council, through the Township Administrator, in such form as shall be prescribed, on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and make such other reports as may be requested by the Mayor and Council through the Township Administrator.
F. 
With respect to school traffic guards:
(1) 
Supervise and command school traffic guards and shall familiarize such guards with duties of their position.
(2) 
Have the authority to assign guards to such localities as shall be best suited to afford protection to school children.
(3) 
Prescribe the hours of duty for school traffic guards according to the exigencies of the school or the locality where such post shall be created. A list of the posts and the hours of duty for each post shall be prominently displayed in police headquarters and a copy placed on file with the Township Council and in the financial offices of the Township.
(4) 
Be authorized to assign a guard to a longer tour of duty at any post to meet special conditions which prevail in or at any of the schools of the Township.
School traffic guards shall adhere to and be governed by all the rules and regulations laid down for the guidance of the Police Department members insofar as such rules and regulations are applicable to and consistent with the special class of duty prescribed for school traffic guards. Guards shall also comply with all other applicable ordinances, rules and regulations adopted by the Council.
School traffic guards shall not be a part of or in anywise be deemed members of the Police Department of the Township. Guards shall have and exercise such limited police powers as may be delegated to them by the Chief of Police.
Each guard shall provide and wear, at his own expense, a uniform prescribed by the Township Council, with a suitable identifying badge and such other equipment prescribed by the Chief of Police as he shall find necessary in the best interest of the Township.
The Township Council shall have the authority to summarily dismiss any school traffic guard for any reason it shall deem sufficient. The Chief of Police shall have the authority to discipline, suspend and recommend dismissal of a guard whenever he finds it to be in the best interest of the Township to do so.