Introduced: January 14, 2019
Public Hearing: January 28, 2019
Status: Adopted

Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Amending and Supplementing Chapter 94 of the Code of the Township of Vernon Regarding the Police Division

Note: Strikeouts are deletions. Underlines are added material.

WHEREAS, a determination has been made that the municipal code concerning the Police Division needs to be amended to reflect current operations and to harmonize the municipal code with current collective bargaining agreements.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and the Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, and State of New Jersey, that Chapter 94 of the Municipal Code is hereby amended and supplemented as follows:


§ 94-1. Division of Police continued; positions.

There is hereby continued in and for the Township of Vernon a Police Division, as part of the Department of Public Safety, which may consist of a Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, and such numbers of Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants and patrol officers as may, from time to time, be authorized by further ordinance of the Township Council. When positions are so authorized, the Mayor shall make appointments to the authorized positions. The Police Division, upon adoption of this chapter, shall consist of the following authorized positions: one Chief of Police, one Captain, two Lieutenants, five up to six Sergeants and up to 30 patrol officers.


§ 94-5. Requirements for probationary patrolman; appointment.

  1. To be eligible for appointment as a probationary patrolman, the applicant must have the following qualifications:
    1. Be a citizen of the United States.
    2. Be of good moral character.
    3. Be able to read and write the English language intelligently.
    4. Be at least 21 years of age not less than 18 years of age nor more than 35 years of age at the announced closing date for filing applications for the position or as otherwise approved by the New Jersey Police and Fireman Retirement System.
    5. Be in good health, sound in mind and body.
    6. Exhibit, at the time of application prior to appointment, a certificate from the Township Physician that the applicant is physically capable of performing the duties which will be required as a probationary patrolman.
  2. Probationary patrolmen shall be appointed on the basis of merit and as the result of a competitive examination that fairly tests and determines the qualifications, fitness and ability of the applicant to perform the duties of the position to which they seek appointment. Preference shall be given to those applicants who are residents of the Township of Vernon at the time they file for the examination for appointment to the Police Department as allowed by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-123.1(a) 40A:14-123.1a. The aforesaid examination shall be conducted at such time and in such manner as the Mayor shall determine.


§ 94-8. Captains; duties.

  1. Captains shall have the powers vested in them by law, subject to such rules and regulations and orders as may, from time to time, be established in writing by the Mayor.
  2. Captains shall promptly report to the desk the internal affairs officer any and all infractions of rules, orders and regulations, or any unfitness for the performance of duties, and submit to the Chief of Police in writing a report containing such information.


§ 94-10. Annual physical examinations. Reserved.

  1. Every member of the Division of Police shall report annually to the Township Physician who is appointed by the Mayor at a place and time designated by the Physician and submit to a complete physical examination.
  2. If the member is found by the Physician to be suffering from any ailment, or to be underweight or overweight, the member shall take such treatment or comply with such instructions as the Township Physician may prescribe or give.


§ 94-11. Illness or injury; duties of Township Physician.

  1. Any member of the Division of Police who shall be unable to report for duty by reason of any injury or incapacitating illness shall immediately report that fact to the immediate superior officer who, upon receiving any such report, shall notify the Chief of Police via the chain of command immediately arrange to have the Township Physician make a prompt examination of such incapacitated person.
  2. The Township Physician, after having made such examination, shall submit a report to the Chief of Police, setting forth the nature of the incapacitating illness or injury and an estimate of the probable length of time during which such member of the Division will be absent from duty. Procedures for handling injuries or incapacitating illnesses of an employee shall be guided by the Police Division’s Rules and Regulations, policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and the Township employee handbook.
  3. The Township Physician shall follow up and keep a record of each case and shall advise the Chief of Police when the member is available for duty.
  4. The Chief of Police may then order the member to return to duty, even though such member shall be under the care or treatment of another physician.
  5. The Township Physician shall, from time to time, report in writing to the Mayor or Chief of Police all cases of illness or absence from duty because of injuries or illness where such absence has continued for a period of 30 days or more.
  6. The Township Physician shall also report all cases of repeated excuse from duty or sick leave, together with a statement of the circumstances, and recommendations concerning the same.


§ 94-12. Injury or illness while on duty.

Any member of the Division who shall sustain any injury or become ill while on duty shall immediately report such fact to the immediate superior officer or the desk officer any command level officer.


§ 94-14. Salaries; vacations.

  1. The members of the Division of Police shall receive for their respective services such salaries as may, from time to time, be established by ordinance or resolution.
  2. Members of the Division shall be entitled to such annual vacations, with pay, as may, from time to time, be established by the Council.


§ 94-15. Court appearances by members.

Members of the Division of Police shall be required to appear in court, as required by rule or regulation, or as directed. Unless otherwise provided by rule or regulation, the time required for court appearances shall not be counted as part of the regular forty-hour workweek, nor shall extra compensation be allowed or paid for such time spent in court appearances.


Each section of this ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity of constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.


Any ordinances or parts thereof in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed as to their inconsistencies only.


This Ordinance shall take effect immediately as provided by law.

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