[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pleasantville 5-3-1993 by Ord. No. 11-1993; amended in its entirety 11-21-2011 by Ord. No. 26-2011. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Except as hereinafter provided, the Police Department of the City of Pleasantville, as heretofore established, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, and the officers, members and employees thereof are hereby continued.
The headquarters of the Pleasantville Police Department heretofore established in the Police Station, situated on First Street, Pleasantville, New Jersey, is hereby continued. It shall be open for the transaction of business at all hours of the day and night, including Sundays and holidays.
The appropriate authority shall, from time to time as may be necessary, adopt and amend the rules and regulations for the government and discipline of the Police Department and employees thereof. Said rules and regulations may fix and provide for the enforcement of such rules and regulations and the enforcement of penalties for the violation of such rules and regulations, and all employees of the Police Department shall be subject to such rules and regulations and penalties.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, the right is hereby reserved by the Council of the City of Pleasantville to amend or to revoke any of the rules and regulations or to add to or amend thereto as the circumstances require. This will be done after consultation with the Mayor and Chief of Police.
All rules, regulations, procedures and orders previously issued contrary to those embodied in the Police Department Manual as provided for herein are hereby revoked. All other rules, regulations, orders and procedures not in conflict with those contained in the manual as provided for herein shall remain in force.
A Police Directive Management System is established herein. The Directive Management System shall include the rules and regulations as promulgated and amended from time to time by the appropriate authority as well as all general orders of the Police Department. The Directive Management System will be maintained both electronically and in hard copy in the Police Department and an electronic copy of the Directive Management System shall be provided to each officer.
All members and employees of the Police Department who are assigned a copy of the Directive Management System shall be responsible for its maintenance and care. All copies of the Directive Management System shall be kept current, and supplementary additions, revisions and amendments shall be properly and promptly maintained. Each police officer and each civilian employee is duty-bound to thoroughly familiarize himself/herself with the provisions of the Directive Management System. Failure to comply with the terms of this section shall be considered neglect of duty.
In the event that neglect of duty is charged against a member of the Police Department for failure to observe the rules and regulations, general orders or other procedures of the Department, ignorance of any provision of the Directive Management System or any Department procedure or order shall not be accepted as a defense.
All terms utilized in this chapter and which are utilized in all aspects of the Directive Management System shall have the meaning provided for and defined in the rules and regulations.
The position of Chief of Police is established as provided for in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118. The Chief of Police shall be the head of the police force and he shall be directly responsible to the appropriate authority for the efficiency and routine day-to-day operations thereof and he shall pursue policies established by the appropriate authority, including:
Administer and enforce the rules and regulations of the Police Department and any special emergency directives for the disposition and discipline of the Department and its officers and personnel.
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department.
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all subordinates and other personnel.
Delegate such of his authority as he may deem necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under his direction and supervision.
Report at least monthly to the appropriate authority in such form as shall be prescribed by the governing body on the operation of the force during the preceding month, and make such other reports as may be requested by the governing body.
The Patrol Division is responsible for the performance of the following functions:
Preventive patrol activities.
Protection of life and property, preservation of the peace, enforcement of the law and suppression of crime.
Investigation of police incidents and minor crimes and preliminary investigation of serious crimes.
Traffic law enforcement, traffic control and traffic accident investigation.
Assignment, control and supervision of reserve police and school crossing guards.
The Investigation Division is responsible for the following functions:
Follow-up investigations of serious crimes, vice crimes and fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Preparation of cases for prosecution.
Recovery of stolen property.
Performance of all identification functions.
Prevention and control of juvenile delinquency.
Maintaining liaison with the juvenile courts.
The City of Pleasantville is a civil service employer. All hiring for Police Department positions and all promotions within the Police Department shall be in accordance with Title 11 of New Jersey Statutes and any Administrative Code provisions promulgated thereunder.
[Amended 6-18-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018]
The Police Department of the City shall consist of the following: There shall be one Chief of Police, one Deputy Police Chief, as many as four Captains, as many as four Lieutenants and as many Sergeants, patrolmen and SLEO as deemed necessary by the City Council from time to time.
When officers are of the same grade, they shall rank according to their seniority determined by time to rank. When two or more officers are appointed to the same grade on the same day, each shall rank according to his respective position on the eligibility list which determined the order of his appointment to that grade.
There shall be a permanent committee of the City Council of the City of Pleasantville called the "Public Safety Committee." The Public Safety Committee shall consist of three members of City Council, who shall be appointed by the President of City Council, who may appoint himself as one member.
[Amended 6-18-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018]
The Public Safety Committee shall assist the Mayor, upon request, in the supervision of the Police Department and shall render such advice and aid to the Mayor or his/her designee, as may be necessary from time to time to ensure proper and efficient functioning of the Pleasantville Police Department.
The Mayor of the City of Pleasantville shall be the appropriate authority for the Police Department vested with the functions and regulatory power established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118 and by law.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the police force and shall be directly responsible to the Mayor or his/her designee as appropriate authority for the efficiency and routine day-to-day operation thereof, and the Chief shall, pursuant to policies established by the Mayor as the appropriate authority, administer duties as detailed in § 48-10 above.
[Amended 6-18-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018]
The Public Safety Committee of the City Council of the City of Pleasantville shall be the hearing tribunal (referred to as "hearing officer") with jurisdiction to conduct all disciplinary action as provided for in the Police Department Rules and Regulations and the New Jersey statutes and as authorized by law.
The Pleasantville Police Department rules and regulations shall be and hereby are established, adopted, enacted and reaffirmed as the rules and regulations for the government of the police force and for the discipline of its members.
The appointment of any officers, members or employees of the Pleasantville Police Department shall not take effect until confirmation by a majority vote of the entire membership of City Council.
There is hereby established within the organization of the Police Department of the City of Pleasantville a Traffic Safety Unit.
The Chief of Police shall assign as many police officers to the Traffic Safety Unit as he may, from time to time, determine to be necessary.
The Chief of Police shall determine the functions and responsibilities of the Traffic Safety Unit. These will be in accordance with directives, laws, rules and regulations and ordinances of the City of Pleasantville.
[Added 2-17-2016 by Ord. No. 1-2016]
The police rate of $80 per hour will be charged by the City of Pleasantville for any police detail work.