Higher Ed. Police

Johnson & Mainor Bill Requiring Higher Ed. Police Departments to Adopt Policing Procedures Used by All Law Enforcement in NJ Approved by Assembly

(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures.

"Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Rather 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."

"These police departments are tackling the sort of problems and issues that other law enforcement agencies deal with," said Mainor (D-Hudson) "It makes sense to bring these departments in line with the policies and procedures used by every other law enforcement agency in the state."

The bill (A-3493) requires police departments of institutions of higher education in the state to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures. 

Under current law, every law enforcement agency in the State is required to adopt and implement guidelines consistent with those governing the "Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures" 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 provisions of this bill, police departments of institutions of higher education would also be required to adopt and implement these guidelines.

The bill was approved 71-0 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.