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  • NJ A3596
  • Clarifies that municipalities that failed to fill police vacancies created by retirements are eligible for "Safe and Secure Communities" grants.
Introduced
(4/7/2016)
In Committee
(4/7/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
As a condition of eligibility for a grant under the "Safe and Secure Communities Act," P.L.1993, 220 (C.52:17B-159 et seq.), municipalities are required to agree not to reduce their regular complement of police officers and other law enforcement personnel. In response to the national economic downturn, and demands for taxpayer savings, some municipalities decided not to fill law enforcement vacancies that were created by retirements. This policy decision, which was designed to meet harsh economic realities and address local taxpayer concerns, is now hindering these municipalities in their efforts to fill these vacancies. Technically, these municipalities reduced their regular complement of police officers and consequently are no longer eligible for the "Safe and Secure Communities" grant moneys that provide funding for the salaries of police officers and law enforcement personnel deployed for local community law enforcement projects. This bill provides that a municipality's decision not to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of a law enforcement officer for reasons of economy is not to be considered a reduction of a municipality's regular complement of police officers and thus disqualify the unit for an award under the "Safe and Secure Communities Act."
Law and Public Safety
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 4/7/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
4/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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