ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 796

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †JANUARY 5, 2018

 

††††† The Assembly Judiciary Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 796.

††††† As amended, this bill directs the Civil Service Commission to retitle the positions of State correction officers to State correctional police officers.† The title changes provided in this bill are to apply to all corrections officers employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Commission.† Under the amended bill, any fees associated with this retitling are to be borne by the corrections officer whose title has been changed.

††††† The bill also clarifies the law enforcement powers that are already held by State corrections officers.† In particular, the bill provides that these officers are empowered to exercise full police powers and entitled to carry a firearm while in the performance of their duties.

 

†††† COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS:

†††† The committee amended the bill to:

†††† (1) retitle the positions of correction officer apprentice and correction major to include references to police;

†††† (2) require that any fees associated with the billís retitling provisions be borne by the corrections officer whose title has been changed; and