Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), a retired Jersey City police officer, now gives college and university police departments the same internal affairs guidelines as the state Attorney General’s Office.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œThese police departments are tackling the sort of problems and issues that other law enforcement agencies deal with,â€ Mainor said bout the law (A-3493) in a prepared statement.
â€œIt makes sense to bring these departments in line with the policies and procedures used by every other law enforcement agency in the state.â€
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37), who also co-sponsored the legislation and is also a retired Englewood police department patrol sergeant, said the new law (which was signed today) can help prevent “confusion and mistakes.”
â€œHaving uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes,â€ Johnson said in a statement.
â€œRather than have these departments operating under different guidelines, this bill would require them to use the same guidelines as every other law enforcement agency in the state.â€
Prior to this new law, only law enforcement agencies in the State were required to adopt and implement guidelines consistent with those governing the â€œInternal Affairs Policy and Proceduresâ€ of the Police Management Manual promulgated by the Police Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
Under the new law, police departments of institutions of higher education would also be required to adopt and implement these guidelines.
The Senate passed the measure, 40-0, back on March 16, while the Assembly previously approved the measure by a unanimous vote of 71-0 last September.