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  • NJ A1411
  • Grants certain employment protections to campus police officers.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(12/5/2016)
Crossed Over
(11/21/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill grants campus police officers certain employment protections. Specifically, the bill provides that campus police officers may not be removed from their employment or position for political reasons or for any cause other than just cause, i.e., incapacity, misconduct, or disobedience of rules and regulations established by the college or university police agency. Under the bill, a campus police officer may not be suspended, removed, fined or reduced in rank for a violation of the internal rules and regulations established for the conduct of employees of the police agency, except for just cause and then only upon a written complaint setting forth the charge against the officer. The complaint must be filed in the office of the person or body in charge of the police agency where the complaint is made and a copy must be served upon the officer charged, including notifying the officer of a designated hearing by the proper authorities. The hearing must be held at least 10 days, but not more than 30 days after the date the complaint was served. The bill also establishes that the "45-day rule" applies to campus police officers. Under the rule, all complaints against campus police officers for violations of their police agency's internal rules and regulations must be filed within 45 days of establishing the grounds for the complaint. If the complaint is not filed within this 45 day window, the complaint must be dismissed and the campus police officer cannot be fired, suspended, fined or reduced in rank for that violation. The 45-day rule does not apply if a campus police officer's alleged violation of police agency rules and regulations is directly or indirectly related to a criminal investigation involving that officer. Under the bill, the 45-day rule also does not apply in cases where the complaint is being filed by a private individual. The bill further authorizes the campus police officer or the police agency to request a court reporter at a hearing. The party who makes the request is responsible for the cost of the court reporter. Current law authorizes colleges and universities in this State to appoint police officers. Similar to municipal police officers, campus police officers receive police academy training and are authorized to carry weapons and make arrests. Other law enforcement officers granted these employment protections include local police officers, State Police officers and troopers, county investigators, and paid firefighters.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 12/5/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
12/5/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
11/21/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (58-11-1)
9/15/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
5/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/12/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/21/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 58 11 10
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 7 2 0