AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEE, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice. I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession... LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Prior to appointment, a police officer candidate must complete a 24-week training course at the Morris County Police Academy. Once accomplished, they must then successfully complete a six-week filed training program period. New officers are assigned to patrol duties. Police officers undergo approximately 60 hours of training annually at the police training academy, including courses on Criminal and Motor Vehicle law, recent court decisions, Alcotest Machine, radar re-certification and Domestic Violence Procedures. Each officer must also re-qualify semi-annually with service and off-duty firearms. Other in-service training is given as it becomes available.
Police officer applicants must be 21 to 35 years of age at the time of their appointment and have a minimum of four (4) years of college education. They must take written and oral examinations administered by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police. Once taken, a select top percentage will move on to the interview process. If chosen, the applicant must then pass medical and psychological examinations before being sent to the police academy. Physical requirements and a battery of interviews conducted by officers and supervisors are a vital component in the hiring process.
The equipment an officer carries includes:
The police department has seven (7) police cars. The annual mileage of a police car is approximately 20,000 per year. A police car is replaced about every three (3) years. Police officers carry portable radios as their communication equipment. Each police car is equipped with multi-channel mobile radio. They also have a laptop computer to access Division of Motor Vehicle information, criminal records and other State and local police information. All police cars are equipped with a defibrillator, first-aid equipment, auxiliary breathing apparatus and a radar unit. Headquarters equipment consists of a base radio, computer assisted dispatch system, National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) system, Statewide police radio system and Countywide police radio system.
Also located at headquarters are defibrillators, breathalyzer equipment, video equipment, a fingerprint station, telephone/radio recording equipment, an evidence locker and a locker room.