[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown 8-9-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created in and for the Township of Blairstown a Police Department within the County of Warren, State of New Jersey, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 et seq. This chapter is intended to ratify the existence and operation of the Police Department, which has historically operated within and served the Township of Blairstown, and at the same time satisfy statutory requirements of the legislation as amended in 1981 and 1988.
The Police Department shall preserve the peace; protect life and property; detect, arrest and prosecute offenders of the laws of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Township of Blairstown; direct and control traffic; provide attendance at and protection during emergencies; provide appearances in court; cooperate with all other law enforcement agencies; and provide training for the efficiency of its members and officers as well as perform all other duties and fulfill all other responsibilities normally associated with the operation of a police department.
Said Police Department shall consist of one Director of Police, and such Police Inspectors, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Police Officers, Special Law Enforcement Officers and civilian employees as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Township Committee in consultation with the Director of Police. The Township Committee, in consultation with the Director of Police may, from time to time, leave one or more of the above positions vacant, as they see fit. The express purpose for identifying these offices is to establish a statutory line of authority from all police employees to a higher elected authority. Whenever any such office is intentionally left vacant, it will be deemed not to exist and it will be passed in the chain of command. The Township Committee, in consultation with the Director of Police, may therefore recreate or resurrect an office that has been so abolished by naming a person to fill said office. No personnel may be appointed to the Blairstown Police Department until they have satisfied all statutory requirements and have complied with the selection process and standards established by the Rules and Regulations adopted by the Police Commissioner to govern said Police Department. No police officers shall be appointed to the Blairstown Police Department until they have successfully completed physical, mental and psychological examinations. In the event that the abolishment of an office results in a decrease in the members of the Police Department or demotion in rank, any termination or demotion shall be in the inverse order of appointment pursuant to and for the reasons established by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-143. Any promotions shall take into account due consideration of the length and merit of service of existing members of the department as required by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-129.
The Blairstown Police Department shall come under the jurisdiction of the appropriate authority, which is hereby created pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118. Said appropriate authority shall be the Township Committee.
The Township Committee shall annually select one of its members as the Police Commissioner who shall act as the liaison between the Township Committee and the Director of Police. The Police Commissioner shall be responsible, with the advise and consent of the Township Committee, for the promulgation, updating, and/or ratification of Rules and Regulations for police personnel, which shall be known as the "Rules and Regulations for the Police Department of the Township of Blairstown." Said Rules and Regulations shall be in manual form and shall govern the conduct of and be binding upon the entire membership, sworn officers and civilian employees of the Police Department.
Each sworn officer and each civilian employee is duty bound to be thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the Police Manual and Rules and Regulations of the Police Department.
In the event of any disciplinary proceeding against any member of the Police Department of the Township of Blairstown, undertaken and/or instituted pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-147 et seq., the Township Committee, as the appropriate authority, shall act as the hearing officer in charge of all such proceedings. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Township Committee may, in its discretion, elect to designate a hearing officer other than the Township Committee, including, but not limited to, the Police Director for the purpose of conducting the disciplinary hearing, receiving evidence, preparing a record, and submitting findings and a proposed recommendation of penalty, if any, to the Township Committee.
Only the Township Committee acting in its capacity as the appropriate authority or the Director of Police may initiate disciplinary charges against any member of the Police Department.
All disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-147. The Township Committee, acting in its capacity as the appropriate authority, shall schedule a hearing no sooner than 10 calendar days nor later than 30 calendar days, from the date of service of the charges upon the employee. A notice of charges served upon any employee shall contain the date, time and location of the hearing on the charges. The terms of any disciplinary action imposed shall be set forth in a written resolution adopted by the Township Committee.
The Director of Police, as the executive head of the Police Department, shall be responsible for the administration of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the Township Committee for its efficient operation. The Director of Police shall be appointed annually by the Township Committee.
The Director of Police for the Township of Blairstown shall:
Administer and enforce the Rules and Regulations of the Police Department and any special emergency directive for the disposition and, except as otherwise set forth in this chapter, the discipline of the Department and its officers and members;
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers, and duties of the Chief Executive Officer of the Police Department;
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all members and officers;
Delegate such authority as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under the direction and control of the Director of Police;
Administer funds and property resulting from state forfeiture actions in accordance with established state and federal law, regulations, directives, guidelines and standard operating procedures.
The Director of Police shall submit reports to the Township Committee concerning the operation of the Police Department as may be requested by the Committee.
A graphic Table of Organization shall be maintained by the Director of Police to show the divisional structure of the Police Department. The function and duties of each position in the Table of Organization shall be defined by policies established by the Director of Police.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 the Director of Police shall issue and operations orders, general orders, or standard operating procedures or policies as the Director deems necessary for efficiency and operation of the Police Department.
Nothing contained herein shall infringe upon or limit the duty and authority of the Director of Police to act to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the municipality in an emergency through special emergency directives pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 and 40A:14-146.9.
The Township Committee shall, in consultation with the Director of Police, appoint civilian members to the Police Department. Said civilian employees will provide dispatch services, clerical duties and logistical services in support of the Police Department and shall perform other duties as specified by the Director.