Bill Text: NJ S1562 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Increases number of sheriff's officers that may be hired as sheriff's investigators.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-13 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [S1562 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S1562-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 1562

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 13, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Increases number of sheriff's officers that may be hired as sheriff's investigators.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act concerning the appointment of sheriff's investigators and amending P.L.1987, c.113.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 2 of P.L.1987, c.113 (C.40A:9-117a) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The sheriff of each county may appoint a number of persons, not to exceed [15%] 25 percent of the total number of sheriff's officers employed by the sheriff and set forth in the sheriff's table of organization in the county budget, to the position of sheriff's investigator.  All sheriff's investigators shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff making their appointment and shall be included in the unclassified service of the civil service.

     A sheriff's investigator appointed pursuant to this section shall have the same compensation, benefits, powers, and police officer status as is granted to sheriff's officers.  The duties of sheriff's investigators shall be law enforcement investigations and related duties.  A person appointed to the position of sheriff's investigator shall, within 18 months of appointment, complete a police training course at an approved school and receive certification by the Police Training Commission as provided in P.L.1961, c.56 (C.52:17B-66 et seq.).  The implementation of [this act] P.L.1987, c.113 (C.40A:9-117a) shall not result in the layoff of permanent sheriff's officers.

(cf: P.L.1987, c.113, s.2)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would increase the number of sheriff's officers that a county sheriff may appoint to the position of sheriff's investigator.  Current law limits the number of sheriff's officers who may hold this position to no more than 15 percent of the total number of sheriff's officers employed by a sheriff.  This bill would increase this limit to 25 percent, allowing for the hire of more sheriff's investigators.

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