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  • NJ S86
  • Establishes Class Three special law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools and county colleges.*
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed Over
(10/20/2016)
Passed
(11/21/2016)
Signed
(11/30/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends the Special Law Enforcement Officers' Act to establish a new category of "Class Three" special law enforcement officers comprised of certain retired law enforcement officers who would be authorized to provide security in this State's public and nonpublic schools. Under current law, Class One special law enforcement officers are authorized to perform routine traffic detail, spectator control, and similar duties. They also may be empowered to issue summonses for disorderly persons offenses, but are not authorized to carry a firearm while on duty. Class Two special law enforcement officers are empowered to exercise full police powers and perform the duties of a permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officer. They are authorized to carry a firearm. Under the bill, Class Three special law enforcement officers would be retired police officers less than 65 years old. These officers would be authorized to provide security at a public or nonpublic school while they are on the school premises during hours when the school is normally in session or when it is occupied by students or their teachers. They also are authorized to respond to offenses or emergencies off of school grounds occurring in the officer's presence while traveling to a school, but they may not be dispatched or dedicated to any other assignment off of school property. They would be authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officer while providing this security. The restrictions on carrying a firearm currently applicable to Class Two special law enforcement officers also would apply to Class Three law enforcement officers. Class Three law enforcement officers would not be authorized to carry a firearm while off duty by the provisions of the bill; they would only be authorized to carry a firearm if they comply with the statutory requirements generally authorizing retired law enforcement officers to carry handguns, including qualifying in the use of a handgun twice a year. Currently, all special law enforcement officers are required to successfully complete a training course approved by the Police Training Commission (PTC). The bill specifies that the New Jersey State Police Academy is to be included in the PTC approved training courses. In addition to the qualifications currently applicable to all special law enforcement officers, Class Three special law enforcement officer applicants also would be required to: be retired police officers less than 65 years of age; have served as duly qualified, fully-trained, full-time municipal or county police officers; be separated from that prior service in good standing, within three years of appointment; be physically capable of performing the functions of the position; and possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission Basic Police Officer Certification or New Jersey State Police Academy Certification. Class Three special law enforcement officers would not be subject to the 20 hour per week limit currently applicable to Class One and Class Two special law enforcement officers. But they would not be eligible for health care benefits or enrollment in any State administered retirement system under the bill. Currently, boards of education are authorized to hire law enforcement officers and public school resource officers to work in public schools within their jurisdiction pursuant to regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Under the bill, both public and nonpublic schools would be authorized to hire Class Three special law enforcement officers whose duties would be limited to providing security. The bill specifies that these officers would not supplant law enforcement officers and public resource officers currently employed in schools. It is the sponsor's intent that the provisions of the Special Law Enforcement Officers' Act that currently govern Class One and Class Two special law enforcement officers also would apply to Class Three officers, except as specifically amended in the bill.
Education, 2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Gov Recommendations, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Gov/Recommendations, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, Received by the Senate
Approved P.L.2016, c.68.  (on 11/30/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
11/30/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.68.
11/21/2016 S Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (72-0-0)
10/20/2016 S Received in the Assembly on Concurrence with Gov. Recommend.
10/20/2016 A Passed by the Senate (36-0)
9/15/2016 A 2nd Reading in the Senate on Concur. w/Governor's Recommend. (36-0)
9/8/2016 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Senate
6/27/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
6/27/2016 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (76-1-1)
6/27/2016 A Substituted for A3629 (1R)
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
3/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
3/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (38-0)
2/11/2016 S Senate Amendment (34-0) (Bucco)
2/4/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/28/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 1/28/2016 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/21/2016 Assembly Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 72 0 7
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 36 0 4
Detail 9/15/2016 Senate Floor: Adopt Governor Recommendations 36 0 4
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 1 3
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3629 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 2
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 2/11/2016 Senate Floor: Amend 34 0 6
Detail 1/28/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0