SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 1651

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †January 5, 2018

 

††††† The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Bill No. 1651.

††††† As amended and reported by the committee, 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.† The committee amended the bill to require any fees associated with this retitling be borne by the corrections officer whose title has been changed.† Examples of this fee may include any cost associated with an updated uniform, badge, or equipment as a result of the title change.† The committee amendments also provide for the similar retitling of the correction officer apprentice and correction major positions, both of which did not exist when the bill was initially introduced.

††††† 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.

††††† As amended and reported by the committee, this bill is identical to Assembly Bill No. 796 as amended and reported by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on this same date.

 

†††† 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

†††† (3) provide technical changes.