HARRISON TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
SUBJECT: SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER PROGRAM
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 2, 2018
NUMBER OF PAGES: 8
ACCREDITATION STANDARDS: 2.6.1
BY THE ORDER OF:
Chief of Police Thomas Mills
The purpose of this standard operating procedure is to maintain procedures for a special
law enforcement officer program to enhance the services provided to the public by the
Harrison Township Police Department
It is the policy of the Harrison Township Police Department to maintain a special law
enforcement officer program to supplement and not supplant the regular police department
in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-146.8, et seq., and Harrison
Township municipal ordinances.
The Harrison Township Police Department recognizes that the proper utilization of special
law enforcement officers enhances the agency’s ability to provide the community with the
highest possible level of law enforcement services.
The Harrison Township Police Department will utilize special law enforcement officers in
ways to help deliver more economical and effective police services.
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Special law enforcement officer (SLEO) means any person appointed pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-146.8, et seq., to temporarily or intermittently perform duties similar
to those performed regularly by members of a police force of a local unit, or to assist
a police force during unusual or emergency circumstances.
SLEO personnel are considered part-time employees and can be terminated
for cause after adequate hearing, unless the appointment is for four months
or less, in which event the appointment may be revoked without cause or
hearing (N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-146.14).
Under no circumstances do the contents of this directive intend to create a
contract for any purpose of a guarantee of continued employment between
Harrison Township and SLEO personnel.
SLEO personnel do not have the guaranteed procedural or personnel rights
as described in township ordinances, the township employee manual, or this
department’s rules and regulations that may apply to other employees or
members of the department.
The number of SLEO II personnel shall not exceed 25% of the regular sworn
Harrison Township Ordinance §53-2 authorizes special law enforcement officers.
SLEO personnel shal be included in the agency’s organizational chart and are
subordinate to the division, bureau, or unit commander to whom assigned.
Minimum qualifications for SLEO personnel:
Must be legally permitted to work in the United States;
Must be a resident of the State of New Jersey during the term of
Must be at least 18 years of age;
Must be able read, write and speak the English language well and
intelligently and have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
Must be sound in body and of good health and be able to perform the
physical functions of the duties assigned;
Must be of good moral character and shall not have been convicted of any
crime or offense involving moral turpitude.
No person shall be appointed to be a SLEO if he/she:
Serves as a special law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction;
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Serves as a full-time, permanently appointed law enforcement officer in
Serves as a public official with responsibility for setting law enforcement
policy in this township;
Serves as a public official exercising authority over the budget in this
Serves as a public official exercising authority over the supervision of the
police personnel in any jurisdiction
Any person who at any time prior to appointment had served as a duly qualified,
fully-trained, full-time officer in any municipality of this State and who was
separated from that prior service in good standing, shall be eligible to serve as a
SLEO. The PTC may waive the basic training requirements with regard to any
such person eligible to be appointed as a SLEO.
SLEO personnel can only be appointed to assist regular police officers and cannot
be employed, used, or deployed to replace or substitute for regular police officers
of this department, or in any way diminish the number of full time officers employed.
SLEO personnel in good faith carrying out, and complying with, or attempting to
comply with rules and regulations made and promulgated or performing any
authorized service shall have and possess all the rights, privileges and immunities
conferred upon regular officers by the laws of this state.
When on duty, SLEO personnel are covered by state and federal statutes for
compensation insurance in case of death or personal injury.
SLEO personnel are provided with public liability protection equal to that provided
to regular police officers.
Prior to appointment, prospective SLEO personnel shall complete and return a
comprehensive employment application.
All applicants shall be fingerprinted and subjected to a background
investigation, including, but not limited to:
Verification of qualifying credentials;
A review of any criminal or traffic record;
Verification of at least three personal references;
A check of the NJ Domestic Violence Registry;
A check of the NJSP Central Drug Registry.
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Following a conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully
undergo the same psychological testing that is required of all full-time police
officers or a testing process for SLEO approved by the Police Training
Commission pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:17B-70.
Following a conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully
pass a drug screening test pursuit to New Jersey Attorney General’s Law
Enforcement Testing Policy
and this agency’s SOP on Drug Testing
Following a conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully
pass a medical examination in accordance with PTC guidelines. Such
medical examination must be documented on a PTC Medical Certification
Appointments are made by the Mayor upon recommendation by the Chief of Police,
who shall certify the eligibility and qualifications of all applicants, in writing, prior to
All SLEO personnel must successfully complete a PTC approved basic training
course before commencing duties.
The PTC may waive basic training consistent with subsection I.F and
N.J.A.C. 13: 1-8.4.
If the applicant is a retired law enforcement officer, the PTC may require
him/her to complete portions of the basic training course (e.g., applicant has
been separated from the police service in excess of 3 years and may need
to retake use of force training, etc.).
The Chief of Police may also require SLEO II personnel to complete a
training course for safe school resource officers developed pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 52: 17B-71.8.
SLEO personnel are also required to attend other mandatory training made
necessary by their assignment or duties. Those training topics required under the
New Jersey Attorney General’s mandatory in-service training requirements shall
be provided with the same frequency as regular officers; see this department’s
SOP on Training
. These topics include but, are not limited to:
Use of force refresher;
Weapons qualification and proficiency;
Active shooter/threat response;
Unlawful harassment in the workplace;
Right to know;
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First Aid / CPR / AED / Narcan administration;
Hazardous materials awareness;
Other topics mandated by the Chief of Police.
APPOINTMENT, TERMS, REGULATIONS, AND DUTIES
SLEO II personnel have the same powers and duties commensurate with those of
a regular police officer.
SLEO II are authorized to carry and use agency approved firearms while
on duty only after qualifying and demonstrating proficiency with the use of
agency authorized firearms with the same frequency as regular police
officers and in conformance with this SOP.
SLEO II are authorized to carry the following agency approved less lethal
weapons while on duty only after demonstrating proficiency in the use of
these weapons with the same frequency as regular police officers:
Oleoresin capsicum aerosol.
SLEO II personnel are authorized to utilize handcuffs and other restraining
devices consistent with this department’s SOPs and only after
demonstrating proficiency in the use of these devices.
SLEO II duties include, but are not limited to:
General patrol duties;
Security/spectator control at special events;
Municipal building and facilities security;
General clerical duties as directed by the Chief of Police or his/her
SLEO II personnel may travel through another municipality to reach a
noncontiguous portion of Harrison Township, or to transport persons to and
from a correctional facility, or while in fresh pursuit of any person consistent
with N.J.S.A. 2A: 156-1 et seq. and this department’s SOP on Pursuit and
Forcible Stopping Guidelines.
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SLEO personnel must be appointed by the governing body for a term not to exceed
Reappointment is not guaranteed at the expiration of the one-year term.
Prior to annual reappointment, SLEO personnel should undergo a
supplemental criminal history check to ensure a non-disqualifying criminal
SLEO personnel are not members of the regular police force and their powers and
duties shall cease at the expiration of the term for which appointed.
SLEO personnel shall not perform any duties other than authorized by the
Chief of Police.
SLEO personnel shall not leave any assigned detail/assignment without
notification to and permission from the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
Under no circumstances shall regular police officers abdicate their authority
and responsibilities to SLEO personnel. When a regular police officer is
present, the regular officer is responsible for any decisions made and/or
SLEO personnel shall be deemed on duty only when they are performing
the public safety functions on behalf of the Harrison Township Police
SLEO personnel are subject to all rules, regulations, policies, and SOPs of
SLEO personnel are prohibited from using their identification card, badge,
or affiliation with the Harrison Township Police Department for any financial
gain, advantage, or other unethical purpose.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
At all times when carrying out a law enforcement function, SLEO personnel will be
attired in the uniform that corresponds to their assignment and in possession of
required equipment. No uniform item will be worn, or equipment carried, which has
not been approved by the Chief of Police.
All SLEO personnel and their uniforms and equipment must be maintained
in accordance with this department’s uniform and appearance SOPs.
The SLEO uniform shall prominently display a patch that clearly indicates the
status as a SLEO II.
Badges shall clearly distinguish SLEO personnel from regular police officers.
All SLEO are required to maintain and wear body armor while on duty as a condition
of their continued employment.
Separated SLEO personnel shall return their agency issued uniforms and equipment
within 7 days of separation or face criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions.
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SLEO personnel are only permitted to carry their department-issued equipment
(e.g., handguns, mechanical force weapons, handcuffs, etc.) when on duty.
Mechanical force weapons shall be stored in their home or usual place of abode and
secured to retard theft and unauthorized access.
SLEO personnel must account for all lost and damaged weapons and equipment.
SLEO II weapons control:
SLEO II personnel can only carry and use departmental issued and
approved handguns, ammunition, holsters and accessories.
SLEO II personnel shall not maintain possession of their authorized
handguns while off duty. All handguns shall be stored at police headquarters
in designated lockers while SLEO II personnel are off duty.
Each SLEO II will have a specific sidearm designed for his/her exclusive use.
SLEO II personnel shall report to headquarters to obtain their assigned
handguns and ammunition from the shift supervisor. SLEO II personnel shall
load the handgun while pointing it in a safe direction.
At the end of their assigned shift, SLEO II personnel will unload their
handguns, while pointing it in a safe direction and placing them in their
assigned gun lockers under the supervision of the shift supervisor.
At no time will an officer leave any of their weapon(s) unsecured.
SLEO II personnel shall not take their assigned sidearms home with them.
SLEO II personnel, who are retired law enforcement officers, are permitted
to carry a personal handgun while off-duty but, first must comply with the
requirements of N.J.S.A. 2C; 39-6(l), N.J.S.A. 2C: 58-3, and N.J.A.C. 13: 54-
7 et seq.
SLEO personnel shall complete all reports and forms required by their assignment
prior to reporting off duty.
SLEO personnel shall be issued a badge number, which shall be used on all
SLEO personnel shall not be permitted to work in excess of statutory limits except
in a declared state of emergency requiring their presence.
Except in emergencies, SLEO personnel shall not be on duty for more than
twenty (20) hours per week.
The Chief of Police may authorize one SLEO to work without limits to the
number of hours.
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Emergency means any sudden, unexpected or unforeseeable event
requiring the immediate use or deployment of law enforcement personnel as
shall be determined by the Chief of Police or Mayor.
SLEO personnel as subject to the same drug screening procedures established for
regular police officers; see this department’s directive on Drug Testing
The shift supervisor is responsible for inspecting all SLEO personnel to verify fitness
for duty prior to the start of any SLEO detail.
SLEO II personnel are permitted to work extra duty assignments but, only after all
regular police officers have been given first opportunity. Hours accumulated while
on extra duty assignments does not count towards the 20-hour limitation on work
SLEO personnel shall be permitted to access the DMS program to read and sign for
all rules, regulations, policies, SOPs, or orders issued by the Chief of Police or
his/her designee and to partake of any training or testing programs mandated or
offered by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
The DMS system administrator shall be promptly notified of any SLEO
personnel who are not reappointed or otherwise terminated so that access
can be adjusted.
DMS training is a condition of employment and continued employment and
is not subject to remuneration unless otherwise authorized by the Chief of
SLEO personnel shall receive annual performance evaluations in accordance with
this department’s directive on Performance Evaluation
All SLEO personnel shall be evaluated.
The operations commander or his/her designee shall evaluate SLEO
personnel with input from other officers and personnel.
SLEO personnel shall be paid at a rate established by township ordinance and shall
be reimbursed for the costs of in-person training when done at the request of the
township. Note: required DMS training, testing, and review of any SOP as required
by the Chief of Police is not subject to reimbursement or remuneration.
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