ASSEMBLY MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 832

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

 

      The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 832.

     This bill extends the three-year time period during which a member of the United States military who had completed Class Two special law enforcement officer training could be appointed to a police department without retaking the training by the amount of time that the member was deployed into active service.

     The bill defines “military” as the armed forces of the United States, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the National Guard and any other reserve component of the armed forces, and the merchant marine when organized under the federal law as a public military force.

     Under current law, municipalities are authorized to appoint a limited number of part-time special law enforcement officers to supplement their regular police forces.  Many shore communities hire these officers during seasonal summer periods.  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 also are authorized to carry a firearm.

     Under Police Training Commission policy, a person who completes the Class Two special law enforcement basic police officer training program is certified for appointment to a police department for three years.  A trainee who does not receive an appointment within those three years is required to retake the course.  Under this bill, in the case of a trainee who is a member of the United States military, the certification period would be automatically extended for the amount of time that the trainee spent being deployed in active service.

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2018-2019 session pending technical review.  As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.