[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford 6-18-1970 as § 2-6.9 of the General Ordinances. Section 51-3A added and §§ 51-3D(1)(a) and 51-3D(2) amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Further amended 8-7-1980 by Ord. No. 80-16; 7-2-1981 by Ord. No. 81-17; 12-1-1983 by Ord. No. 83-18; 5-17-1984 by Ord. No. 84-2; 10-6-1988 by Ord. No. 88-14; 9-7-1989 by Ord. No. 89-18; amended in its entirety 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-19. Further amendments noted where applicable.]
General organization. There is hereby created in and for the Township of West Deptford a Police Department which may consist of a Chief of Police; one Deputy Chief of Police; two Lieutenants; six Sergeants; five Corporals; 27 police officers and such personnel and officers as shall be deemed necessary by the Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford which shall, from time to time, determine the number of persons including temporary officers and members in an emergency, to be appointed to these positions, their terms of office, the fixing of their compensation and the prescription of their powers, functions and duties.
In addition, the Police Department may employ clerical personnel and other civilian employees to assist the Department with performing non-law enforcement support functions in the Township. The determination as to the employment of additional staff shall fall under the hiring/firing parameters of the municipality.
[Amended 5-2-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-03; 7-15-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-10; 2-5-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-03]
Appropriate authority. The Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford shall be designated as the Appropriate Authority as provided in the New Jersey Statutes. 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.
Purpose. The Police Department shall: Preserve the public peace; protect life and property; detect, arrest, and prosecute offenders of the laws of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Township of West Deptford; direct and control traffic; provide attendance and protection during emergencies; provide appearances in court; cooperate with all other law enforcement agencies; provide training for the efficiency of its members and officers.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the Township Committee for its efficiency and day to day operations. Pursuant to policies established by the Township Committee, the Chief of Police shall:
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;
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties 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 Chief's direction and control; and
Report at least monthly to the Township Committee 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 Township Committee.
No person shall be appointed to the Police Department who is not qualified as provided in the New Jersey Statutes. The Township Committee may also require that an applicant for appointment to the Police Department shall successfully complete a physical, mental and psychological examination, and have completed two years of college. The Township Committee may waive educational requirements in lieu of on the job experience.
Except as otherwise provided by law, no permanent member or officer of the Police Department shall be removed from his office, employment or position for political reasons or for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct or disobedience of rules and regulation established for the government of the Police Department, nor shall such member or officer be suspended, removed, fined or reduced in rank from or in office, employment or position therein, except for just cause as hereinbefore provided and then only upon a written complaint setting forth the charge or charges against such member or officer in accordance with the New Jersey Statutes and Police Department Rules and Regulations.
[Amended 10-2-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-17]
The Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford may appoint from time to time special law enforcement officers in accordance with New Jersey Statutes for terms not exceeding one year. They shall possess and exercise all the powers and duties provided by said statutes during their term in office, but shall not be continued as regular members of the Police Department and shall not be entitled to tenure. The Chief of Police may authorize special law enforcement officers when on duty to exercise the same powers and authority as regular members of the Police Department.
Classes of special officers.
Class One. An officer of this class shall be authorized to perform routine traffic detail, spectator control and similar duties. Class One officers shall have the power to issue summonses for disorderly persons and petty disorderly person offenses, violations of municipal ordinances and violations of Title 39 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes. The use of a firearm by an officer of this class shall be strictly prohibited, and no Class One officer shall be assigned any duties which require the carrying or use of a firearm.
Class two. Officers of this class shall be authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officer. The use of a firearm by an officer of this class may be authorized only after the officer has been certified as successfully completing training as prescribed by the Commission.