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  • NJ A1244
  • Establishes Class Three special law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/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 or within 100 feet of the school during hours when the school is normally in session or when it is occupied by students or their teachers. 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; and be physically capable of performing the functions of the position. Class Three special law enforcement officers 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
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified