1 The New Jersey Police Chief The Official Publication of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Vol. 15, No. 7 July /August 2009
3 The New Jersey Police Chief is a publication of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police September 3rd Chiefs Briefing will be held at Mitchell C. Sklar/Executive Director/Editor Jennifer Conover/Layout Melissa J. Gaines/Proofreader Copyright 2009, by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. Reproduction of any part of this publication with express written permission is strictly prohibited. The New Jersey Police Chief is published monthly by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc., One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, NJ, 08053; phone: (856) , fax: (856) The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. is a non-government, not-for-profit organization. Fort Monmouth Officers Club Fort Monmouth, NJ From Garden State Parkway: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105. After toll take right lane to traffic light. Make first right (U turn sign). Take jughandle onto Hope Road. Go 4 traffic lights and make right onto Tinton Avenue (Rt. 537). Officers Club will be on your right Tinton Falls Road Tinton Falls, NJ NJSACOP Executive Staff Write for the NJ Police Chief Executive Director Mitchell C. Sklar, Esq., CAE Office Manager Melissa J. Gaines Programs & Publications Manager Jennifer Conover Examination Coordinator Chief William D. Fury, Ret. All readers and other interested parties are encouraged to submit articles, opinion pieces, letters, columns, or other material for consideration for publication in The New Jersey Police Chief Magazine. Accreditation Program Manager Lloyd E. Nippins, III Law Enforcement Liaison Chief John J. Coyle, Ret. Deadline: 1st of the For more information month for inclusion contact the Editor at in upcoming edition. The New Jersey Police Chief 1 July/August 2009
4 contents New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Officers President Chief Robert A. Coulton Ewing Township Police Department Immediate Past President Chief Michael J. Hayden Berlin Township Police Department 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President 3rd Vice President Chief Eric G. Mason Cranford Police Department Chief William A. Nally Lacey Township Police Department Chief Ray Hayducka South Brunswick Police Department 4th Vice President Chief Paul Cell Montclair State University Police Department Vice President At-Large Chief Robert Tovo Mountain Lakes Police Department features 3 President s Message Chief Robert A. Coulton 4 Executive Director s Report Mitchell C. Sklar 5 News 8 Around the State 9 Successful Shared Service for Middlesex County Law Enforcement Chief Raymond J. Hayducka 12 Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Chief John J. Coyle, Ret. Treasurer Executive Director Chief R. Brett Matheis Clinton Police Department Mitchell C. Sklar 15 NJ Chiefs Validation Study Major Municipal Court & Criminal Cases Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. The New Jersey Police Chief, the official magazine of The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, is published ten times during the year to serve the police leadership in New Jersey. The Association members receive The New Jersey Police Chief as a benefit of membership. The New Jersey Police Chief is published by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, New Jersey, It is the policy of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police that all articles reflect only the views of the author and that publication of articles or advertisements within The New Jersey Police Chief does not constitute endorsement by the Association or its agents of products, services, or views expressed herein. No representation is made as to the accuracy hereof and the publication is printed subject to errors and omissions. Editorial contributions to The New Jersey Police Chief are always welcome. Contributions should be sent to the Managing Editor and are subject to review and acceptance by the Association. Editorial contributions will be handled with reasonable care; however, the publisher assumes no responsibility for the safety of artwork, photographs, or manuscripts. Unauthorized reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. 22 Motorcycle Skills, Ride & Show Draws Crowds and Cheers 23 Association Business Vol. 15, No. 7, July/August 2009 The New Jersey Police Chief 2 July/August 2009
5 From the President s Desk July/August 2009 Chief Robert Coulton I would like to take my first opportunity as president of our Association to thank everyone who attended our annual training conference and making it the success it was. A special thanks to Mitch Sklar and our Association s staff for the planning and coordination of events throughout the conference. I owe a debt of gratitude to Conference Chairman Chief Dan Posluszny and the Mercer County Police Chiefs who worked tirelessly in preparation and provided the necessary resources to create an outstanding conference. Congratulations to our newly elected Fourth Vice-President Chief Paul Cell, and I look forward in working together with our Board of Officers and general membership in furthering our Association s important law enforcement leadership position in New Jersey. It is as crucial today as it has been at any time in our history that each of us with a leadership responsibility provide wisdom, insight, and guidance in addressing the challenges of today and the future. The NJSACOP possesses many resources to assist the law enforcement professional in the pursuit of excellence. I ask you to take advantage of our innovative training, professional certification and agency accreditation programs that will improve us individually and collectively as a profession. The strength of our Association lies not only in the programs offered, but through the wisdom derived by the varied experiences of our members. Collectively our membership possesses many hundreds of years of law enforcement experiences, a readily available resource. Please take advantage of everything that the NJSACOP offers by attending the monthly Chiefs Briefings and by accessing the Member s Only section of the NJSACOP web site. Have a safe and enjoyable summer, see you in September! The New Jersey Police Chief 3 July/August 2009
6 Executive Director s Report Mitchell C. Sklar NJSACOP Not So Lazy Days of Summer Although Association programming calendar slows down over the months of July and August, that doesn t mean that behind the scenes things are not humming along as usual. In fact the Association has been very busy over the first half of the summer of 2009, and the second half is shaping up to be just as busy. Naturally we are working to prepare our training and professional development calendar for the remainder of the year as well as for Training Committee Chair Kevin Gaffney and our staff have been actively preparing for what promises to be an excellent schedule of executive and educational opportunities. We have also unveiled our newly revised and expanded internet homepage (www.njsacop.org). This is not merely a website. We have constructed a full-serve system which provides tools for Chiefs and law enforcement executives, county Police Chief associations, committees and task forces and much more. If you have not yet done so please click over to the site. If you have not received your new username and password please send a note to Jennifer Conover at and they will be sent to you right away. All Chiefs should log in with the username and password whenever visiting the Association s internet homepage this will enable you to access the entire site and all of the resources and services available (many of which are invisible to the general public viewing our site). This summer has also been an exceptionally busy time for our Legal Aid and Arbitration Committee under the leadership of Chief Sandy Danco and Chief Ray Hayducka. We have been actively involved in several towns, and the remainder of summer looks to be just as active. Additionally, our Regionalization & Merger Task Force, chaired by Immediate Past President Mike Hayden, has also been active this summer, with much more work planned for August. Also working over the summer has been our Certification Committee, with Chairman Bob Tovo leading efforts to enhance this important program. This, and much more, gives a glimpse into the work that is being undertaken by the NJSA- COP over the summer months. We are looking forward to an active, productive and interesting programming year ahead. With that said, I would like to take one last look back and congratulate our new President, Chief Bob Coulton and the Mercer County Police Chiefs for the great job they did with the Annual Conference. Out 97th Annual Training Conference was a great success, in large part due to their efforts, as well as the work of our staff. Additionally, we owe a big debt of thanks to our members, not only for their support of the Conference, but also for making it possible for their personnel to attend our Police Security Expo. Our Expo continues to be one of the largest, and certainly one of the best, law enforcement trade shows in the nation, and we know this would not be possible without the active support of Chiefs of Police. The New Jersey Police Chief 4 July/August 2009
7 News Report Jersey City Police Officer Marc DiNardo Killed in Line of Duty Jersey City Police Detective Marc DiNardo was taken off life support and pronounced dead at about 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21st, succumbing to wounds he suffered during a gun battle on July 16th in which four other officers were injured and two robbery suspects were killed. Precincts citywide flew their flags at half-staff and many were decorated with black and purple bunting in honor of Detective DiNardo, the 38th Jersey City police officer to die in the line of duty. Det. DiNardo was the most gravely injured of five officers shot in two exchanges with Hassian Hosendove and his wife, Amanda Anderson. Both were killed in the apartment shootout. Three officers were treated and released, but Officer Michael Camacho was shot in the neck and as of the date of publication remains hospitalized in serious but guarded condition. Det. DiNardo s organs were harvested for transplants as he was taken off life support at the Jersey City Medical Center. Thousands of police officers from around the state, as well as officers from across the United States and Canada attended Det. DiNardo s funeral on July 24th. Two-Track Investigation of Political Corruption and International Money Laundering Rings Nets 44 Individuals The mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assemblymen, numerous other public officials and political figures and five rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among 44 individuals charged recently in a two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., announced. Most of the defendants were arrested early on the morning of July 23rd by a large contingent of federal agents, led by Special Agents of the FBI Newark Division and IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Court-authorized search warrants were also being executed at approximately 20 locations in New Jersey and New York, to recover, among other things, large sums of cash and other evidence of criminal conduct. Additionally, 28 seizure warrants were being executed against bank accounts in the names of money laundering defendants and entities they control. The investigation veered onto its public corruption track in July 2007 in Hudson County, where the cooperating witness represented himself to be a developer and owner of a tile business who wanted to build high rises and other projects and get public contracts in Hudson County schools. Through an intermediary, the cooperating witness was introduced to a Jersey City building inspector, who in return for $40,000 in bribes, promised to smooth the way for approvals of the cooperating witness s building projects, according to criminal complaints. From there, introductions and referrals spread amongst a web of public officials, council and mayoral candidates, their operatives and associates mostly in Hudson County, and primarily in Jersey City who took bribes. In return, they pledged their official assistance in getting the cooperating witness s projects prioritized and approved to steer contracts to him. In part, the bribe-taking was connected to fund raising efforts in heavily contested mayoral and city council campaigns in Jersey City and Hoboken, and the bribes were often parceled out to straw donors, who then wrote checks in their names or businesses to the campaigns in amounts that complied with legal limits on individual donations so-called conduit or conversion donations. Other bribe recipients took cash for direct personal use and benefit; others kept some of the cash and used the rest for political campaigns, according to the criminal complaints. The investigation produced hundreds of hours of video and audio recordings documenting much of the money laundering and bribe-taking. This investigation has once again identified a corrupt network of public officials who were all too willing to take cash in exchange for promised official action, said Marra. It seemed that everyone wanted a piece of the action. The corruption was widespread and pervasive. In both parts of this investigation, Marra said, respected figures in positions of public and private trust engaged in conduct behind closed doors that belied the faces of honesty, integrity and rectitude they displayed daily to their respective constituencies. The list of names and titles of those arrested today sounds like a roster for a community leaders meeting, said Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Newark. Sadly, these prominent individuals were not in a meeting room but were in the FBI booking room this morning. We hope that our actions today will be the clarion call that prompts significant change in the way business and politics are conducted in the State of New Jersey. Those who engage in this culture of corruption should know the cross hairs of justice will continue to be focused on them. Continued on next page The New Jersey Police Chief 5 July/August 2009
8 News continued from previous page The investigation is the third phase of the FBI, IRS- CID and U.S. Attorney s Office Bid Rig investigations that began first in the Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. The initial investigation became public in 2002 with the guilty plea of Ocean Township Mayor Terrence Weldon, who admitted extorting cash from developers to influence approval of projects. The second Bid Rig phase resulted in the arrests in February 2005 of 11 sitting and former mayors and other elected officials in Monmouth County. Those public officials took bribes from someone they believed was a contractor and money launderer seeking municipal work but who was, in fact, an undercover cooperating witness. The cases are being prosecuted by Brian Howe, Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit, and Assistance U.S. Attorneys Mark McCarren, Sandra Moser and Maureen Nakly, all of the Special Prosecutions Division. Flash-Bang Grenades Receive Approval State v. Robinson In April 2008, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled in State v. Robinson, 399 N.J. Super.400 (App. Div. 2008) that absent unforeseen exigent circumstances supporting the use of force, the use of a flash-bang device in connection with the execution of a knock-andannounce warrant, nullifies the legal efficacy of such warrant, rendering the entry and search of the dwelling unconstitutional, in violation of a defendant s rights under Article I, paragraph 7 of the Constitution of the State of New Jersey. The Appellate Court also ruled that a delay of 20 to 30 seconds between the knocking on the door by police and making a physical entry was insufficient and constituted unreasonable conduct by the police. The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously overruled both of these holdings in the Robinson case. Justice Rivera-Soto s opinion noted that the issue of the reasonableness of using a flash-bang device when serving a knock and announce search warrant was never argued at the trial level and was raised by the Appellate Division itself and not by the parties to the case. The Supreme Court determined that consideration of this issue by the Appellate Division itself and not by the parties to the case. The Supreme Court determined that consideration of this issue by the Appellate Division without any type of trial record was inappropriate. Accordingly, the Court reversed on procedural grounds the bar to the use of flash-bang devices by New Jersey police when serving a knock and announce warrant. The Supreme Court also rejected the Appellate Division s holding that a delay of 20 to 30 seconds between the knock/announce entry was unreasonable. The Justices ruled that there was sufficient credible evidence in the trial record to suggest that under the facts of the case, the 20 to 30 second delay was reasonable. Alcotest BAC of.08% Equals GUILTY State v. Coppola The AOC Committee on Opinions has authorized the publication of the Law Division case of State v. Coppola. In that case, the defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty in municipal court while the Supreme Court s decision in State v. Chun, 194 N.J. 54 (2008) was still pending. The Defendant s conditional plea was based upon a BAC of.08% taken from an Alcotest. Following the publication of Chun, the defendant returned to municipal court and sought to vacate his plea based upon the Chun decision. The defendant argued that based upon the Special Master s Report, readings at the.08% and.10% BAC should not constitute conclusive evidence of guilt, but rather should be taken into consideration by the court in conjunction with clinical evidence of guilt. The defendant s argument was rejected by the municipal court judge. On appeal to the Law Division, the court ruled that the Supreme Court has concluded that the Alcotest is scientifically reliable, subject to certain safeguards. Moreover, a BAC of.08% constitutes sufficient evidence by itself to constitute proof of a per se violation of NJSA 39:4-50(a) without regard to any clinical evidence. Police May Seize Evidence Following Emergency Home Entry State v. O Donnell The Appellate Division has held that police officers who make an emergency entry into a residence may, without a search warrant, seize criminal evidence they inadvertently discover in plain view while attending to the purported emergency. State v. O Donnell. In addition, the court held, for the first time, that New Jersey police may subsequently re-enter the property shortly after discovering the evidence and seize it without a search warrant. The facts in O Donnell involve a police response to a call that reported a six-year-old child had stopped breathing. Initial police responders located the child who appeared to have died. The police also noted in plain view near the child s body a variety of items that appeared to have criminal evidentiary value. Rather than seize these items immediately, the police arrested the defendant, removed her to the police station, secured the crime scene and awaited the arrival of homicide investigators from the prosecutor s office. The homicide investigators arrived 40 minutes later, entered the residence without a search warrant and seized the evidence. The Appellate Division affirmed the trial court s denial of a motion to suppress the seized evidence, holding that the police were lawfully in the view area when they made their observations. Moreover, the subsequent arrival of the homicide investigators and entry without a search warrant was reasonable. This was because the send entry was nothing more than a continuation of the initial entry into the residence by the police. The New Jersey Police Chief 6 July/August 2009
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10 Around the State Madeline Neumann Named National Chapter Coordinator Madeline Neumann of Mays Landing, NJ, became the fifth National Chapter Coordinator for the national office of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) when she was appointed to the position on May 17, 2009, at the National Board Meeting. Madeline is now taking over the responsibilities of keeping all 48 chapters current with paperwork needed by National C.O.P.S. and Federal and state regulatory agencies. Walking the Narrow Road of Leadership: Leadership Principles for Investigative Personnel & Managers This conference, hosted by MAGLOCLEN and the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, will be held at the Morris County Police & Fire Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., Parsippany, NJ The program will run from 9:00 am 1:00 pm on October 8, Registration begins at 8:00 am. There is a registration fee of $50. Checks, money orders, vouchers and purchase orders will be accepted and should be made payable to Morris County Police Chiefs Association (Tax ID# ). For additional information, please contact Terry Bannigan, Training Specialist, MAGLOCLEN, x 1515 or NJ Homeland Security Monthly Bulletin The NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness announces the Monthly Training Bulletin that will provide visibility to all related homeland security training throughout our state. The information can be found on the Training Calendar on the NJLearn splashpage (http://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/cgibin/homelandsecurity/calendar.cgi). Please note that the NJLearn splashpage and calendar may be viewed without a username or password. You will also find links to access the Division of Fire Safety Spring 2009 brochure and the NJ Office of Emergency Management Training Calendar. You may also utilize the Search button on the NJLearn Training Calendar to assist in finding courses related to a given topic of interest. If you should have any questions, please contact Kylie Morrison, OHSP Liaison, at or Sussex County Chiefs Association Golf Outing The Sussex County Chiefs Association will be hosting their golf outing on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the Newton Country Club (25 Club Road, Newton, NJ 07860). Proceeds from the outing will benefit Ginnie s House Child Advocacy Center and the William G. Geffken Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration and Lunch start at 11:00 am. Shotgun start at 12:30 pm. $ per person includes: 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, beverage cart, filet mignon dinner, gifts and door prizes. Raffle tickets for other prizes are also available. For more information, contact Chief Phillip Coleman, Andover Township Police (973) , Rain Date is October 6, The New Jersey Police Chief 8 July/August 2009
11 Successful Shared Service For Middlesex County Law Enforcement By: Chief Raymond J. Hayducka, MS, CPM, South Brunswick Police Department NJSACOP 3rd Vice President Most law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey and the United States are feeling the effects of the economy. This has compelled agencies to reduce costs and do more with less. Through a shared service program law enforcement officials in Middlesex County were able to find a cost effective solution to a problem that has impacted most agencies at one time. Police Officers in Middlesex County are required to transport and guard prisoners that are experiencing a psychiatric emergency or threatening suicide prior to being lodged in the county jail on criminal charges. The prisoner would have to be medically cleared because the correctional facility is not set up to care for prisoners with psychiatric emergencies. Quite often police officers would end up guarding these prisoners at local hospitals for long periods of time due to mental health professionals being unavailable during off hours and weekends to diagnose them. During a monthly meeting of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police the issue of guarding prisoners with psychiatric emergencies was discussed. Middlesex Borough Chief James Benson brought forth the problem after a particularly frustrating experience his agency recently dealt with. Middlesex Borough Officers were required to spend the entire weekend guarding a prisoner that had a psychiatric emergency. They had to assign two officers to guard the prisoner for a 48 hour period because of a delay in the psychiatric screening. Most of the time spent by the officers was on overtime. The cost was thousands of dollars from the police department budget. Many Chiefs in attendance agreed they had experienced the same problem in the past and just one prolonged incident could strain an agency s budget. During the meeting the Chiefs turned to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan to help find a solution to this costly problem. Prosecutor Kaplan advised the County Chiefs he would discuss the issue with Middlesex County Jail Warden Edmund Chicci and see if a cost effective solution could be found. At the next meeting Prosecutor Kaplan and Warden Chicci presented the idea of telepsychiatry. Telepsychiatry is a process that screens prisoners through a video conference. If the program could be implemented law enforcement agencies in Middlesex County would have the ability to have a prisoner with a psychiatric emergency examined by a psychiatric clinician 24 hours per day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year. CFG Health Systems, the current provider of medical serv- services for the Middlesex County Jail, and numerous correctional facilities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was willing to work with the association and run a test pilot program for six months. A committee was formed consisting of law enforcement executives from the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association and county officials to study the possibility of implementing a telepsychiatry program. All the law enforcement executives on the committee agreed that in order for the program to succeed it would be important to minimize the number of trips to local hospitals for the purpose of having a prisoner evaluated. It is common knowledge among criminals in Middlesex County that you could avoid or delay entry into the county jail by claiming you are suicidal or you are experiencing psychological issues. Often prisoners would threaten suicide so they could spend time in the hospital instead of the jail. These trips are costly and present security risks. If the trips could be minimized the officers would be available to patrol the streets and the cost to guard these prisoners would be greatly reduced. This was the main goal of the program. The committee worked with County Jail officials to set up a procedure to have the prisoners screened. A prisoner experiencing a psychiatric emergency or threatening suicide that was set to be lodged in the county jail would be transported similar to a prisoner being lodged under normal conditions. The only difference would be that the agency transporting the prisoner would be required to notify the jail prior to transport the need for a psychiatric screening. This would give the jail staff time to contact the on-call psychiatric technician and set up the video conference monitor. The officers transporting the prisoners would have to stay with the prisoner throughout the screening until the prisoner has been cleared for lodging at the county jail. The psychiatric clinician could determine the prisoner is medically cleared to be lodged at the jail and recommend strategies to the jail staff to safely secure the prisoner. The clinician could also determine if the prisoner needed to be transported to a psychiatric hospital. During the six month test period the average waiting time the police officer has had to spend with the prisoner during the screening has been 65 minutes. The time saved transporting the prisoner and waiting for treatment was drastically reduced. Dunellen Police Chief Gerard Cappella stated in my 23 years of law enforcement I have never seen a psychiatric screening at a hospital conducted in less than six hours. The time saved is worth participating in the program. Continued on next page The New Jersey Police Chief 9 July/August 2009
12 Continued from previous page The main goal of the program was achieved immediately. The amount of time local law enforcement officers were guarding prisoners at hospitals for psychiatric emergencies is almost non-existent. Police officers can return to the streets faster to perform their normal patrol functions. It is estimated that in less than six months the savings in overtime expenditures has been approximately $75,000. The cost of the program is divided among 26 law enforcement agencies in the county. Each agency is charged per capita based on the population they serve. The program is considered by many law enforcement executives a great insurance policy. If you use it one time you can recoup your cost by not paying officers overtime to guard prisoners at local hospitals. The total cost for the program will be $36,000 per year. Monroe Township Police Department was the first agency to use the program. Their cost to participate in the program is $1,383 per year. The officers brought the prisoner to the county jail on a Friday night. After the prisoner was assessed by the psychiatric clinician she was approved for clearance at the jail. The clinician recommended that the jail conduct a suicide watch for 24 hours which they are equipped and trained to do. Monroe Police Chief John Kraviec stated if this situation occurred prior to the implementation of the program my officers would have been stuck at the hospital all weekend guarding the prisoner. It would have cost thousands of dollars in overtime. The program pays for itself the first time you utilize it. My officers came back and told everyone how smooth the system ran. It s a benefit to the taxpayer by reducing cost and it makes your agency more effective. Middlesex County Deputy Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano, who was part of the committee and instrumental in implementing the telepsychiatry program, stated there will be no reduction in treatment for the prisoner. In fact the treatment would be better because the prisoner will be evaluated faster than if brought to a hospital. Les Paschall, CEO of CFG Health systems emphasized that the program is designed to comply with the Standards for Healthcare Services in Correctional Facilities issued by the National Commission Correctional Healthcare. It is also designed to meet all constitutional and regulatory requirements as well as the local community standards of healthcare. This innovative solution is an example of a shared service that has proven efficient and effective which is imperative in these difficult economic times. Prisoners with psychiatric emergencies are treated expeditiously reducing liability to the arresting agency. More importantly police officers are spending less time at health care facilities guarding prisoners and are available to protect and serve the residents of Middlesex County. Ray Hayducka is Chief of Police in South Brunswick Township. He currently serves as the 3 rd Vice President of the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police. There have been other benefits for law enforcement since the program has been implemented. Officer morale has improved because they now know what to expect when they have a prisoner with psychiatric issues. Prior to the program being implemented the police officer did not know if they would be stuck guarding the prisoner for an hour or days on end. This has also led to a better relationship with the jail staff. It is very clear now what the role of the police officer is and at what point the prisoner will become the responsibility of the jail staff. The prisoner is assessed much sooner and the liability for everyone is reduced because of the faster diagnosis and prescribed treatment. Middlesex County Freeholder Mildred Scott, chair of the county Law and Public Safety Committee, a 28 year veteran and retired Chief Sheriff s Officer of the Middlesex County Sheriff s Department recalls being tied up for hours in hospitals with prisoners. This program improves officer safety and saves the taxpayers money. The New Jersey Police Chief 10 July/August 2009
13 A UNIQUE, GRADUATE-LEVEL TRAINING AND EDUCATION EXPERIENCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS PRESENTED BY THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE IN COOPERATION WITH FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY The New Jersey Police Chief 11 July/August 2009
14 Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. By Chief John J. Coyle, Retired NHTSA Law Enforcement Liaison The National Crackdown on Impaired Driving begins on August 21 and continues until September 7, This is an annual nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reducing roadway fatalities. All 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of.08 grams per deciliter or higher. Yet nearly 13,000 people were killed in 2007 in U.S. highway crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with an illegal BAC of.08 or higher, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics. Traffic crashes are a serious, yet often overlooked, problem in our country. Every 31 minutes someone in America is murdered. Yet, every 13 minutes someone dies in a traffic crash and every 45 minutes someone dies in a fatal crash involving a BAC of.08 or higher. Impaired driving is clearly a crime, not an accident. In fact, it s one of America s most often-committed and deadliest crimes. old. In 2007, 6,159 passenger vehicle drivers 21 to 34 years old were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those, a total of 3,146 (51 percent) had illegal BACs of.08 or higher. Motorcycle fatalities are an area of increasing concern. Because alcohol adversely affects those skills essential to operate a motorcycle (balance and coordination) alcohol plays a particularly significant role in motorcycle crash fatalities. The percentage of drivers with BACs of.08 or above involved in fatal crashes in 2007 was highest for motorcycle riders (27%) followed by drivers of light trucks (23%) and passenger cars (23%). Forty-one percent of the 2,183 motorcycle riders who died in single vehicle crashes have BACs of.08 or above. One of the most effective ways of stopping this problem is through high visibility law enforcement. When the perceived risk of getting caught goes up, the likelihood that people will make the fatal decision to drink and drive decreases. This general deterrent effect can come only when enforcement is known about and feared. To increase the visibility of law enforcement efforts when a large number of drivers are on the This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a You Drink & Drive, You Lose, national crackdown campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase the effectiveness of enforcement by establishing a time when enhanced enforcement efforts are combined with paid advertising to raise and create a strong general deterrent effort. In 2006, a new tagline was created for the national campaign Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. This year the law enforcement effort is supported by $31 million in national and state advertisement funded directly or indirectly through Congress. The national ads, produced by NHTSA, are targeted at young male drivers and motorcycle riders, who are the most common perpetrators of this deadly crime. Impaired driving is a deadly crime that is especially common among young males 21 to 34 years road, set up sobriety checkpoints-either standard or low-staffing early in the evening, such as between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. If your State Law doesn t permit the use of checkpoints, use other law enforcement strategies that are highly visible, such as safety checks and enforcement zones. Continued on next page The New Jersey Police Chief 12 July/August 2009
15 Continued from previous page To increase both the likelihood of making arrests and also the ability of officers to remove impaired drivers from our roadways, conduct your saturation or roving patrols during late-night hours (between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.) when a larger percentage of drivers on the road are impaired by alcohol. High visibility enforcement relies on making the public aware of your saturated or roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints to the greatest extent possible. The NHTSA has created the Product for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK) that provides earned media material for your use. Additionally, the PEAK provides other materials to assist you with your campaign. Leadership is needed to ensure that traffic law enforcement is viewed among both the law enforcement community and the public as real police work. Traffic law enforcement has already proven to be an effective means of crime prevention by interdicting criminal behavior and terrorism before crimes are committed. Leadership is also needed throughout law enforcement organizations to ensure that scant resources are appropriately focused and that an agency s field activities support desired outcomes. Accountability Driven Leadership models such as TrafficStat (New York City Police Department) and Strategic Advancement Forums (Washington State Patrol) are models already being emulated throughout law enforcement and other government agencies in the United States in order to promote leadership, accountability, and efficiency. For more information on the national crackdown and impaired driving, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at AGENDA AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON! The New Jersey Police Chief 13 July/August 2009
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17 I/O Solutions: NJ Chiefs Validation Study I/O Solutions is a national testing and consulting company that developed the National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory (NCJOSI). We work closely with New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) to provide you with cutting-edge tools for your selection processes. As part of our ongoing research efforts at I/O, we continually seek to strengthen validity evidence for our examinations. While we currently have such evidence for the NCJOSI, stronger arguments for validity can be made by continually increasing the amount of data on your exam s performance. For this reason, the NJSACOP and I/O Solutions are seeking your assistance, which will provide a mutual benefit for all parties involved gathering more evidence that the NCJOSI is a valid selection tool. Test validity, as you know, is a fundamental aspect of any selection exam. The strongest position for an exam, both legally and psychometrically, is to be able to demonstrate that a relationship exists between exam scores and individual job performance. That is, it shows the exam is accomplishing its purpose selecting high quality candidates that will perform well on the job. Additionally the more validity evidence a test has, the more legally defensible it will be if a challenge were to arise. Therefore, it is beneficial to ensure strong support exists for using the selection tool by conducting a validation study. In a validation study we use a predictor (NCJOSI score) to predict a criterion, or the construct we are trying to measure (job performance). Typically, job performance for police agencies comes in two forms: (1) academy performance such as overall grades, and (2) on-the-job-performance. Since you have used the NCJOSI for a few years to select individuals into your agency, you will have the requisite information to help us conduct a validation study. We are looking for officer performance data (academy performance and on-the-job performance) for those officers you selected into your agency that took the NCJOSI during the years of To help, we ask that you provide us the data needed to validate the NCJOSI. Since we score your exams, we already have the NCJOSI scores: therefore, in order to validate the exam, we would need the following pieces of information from you: Academy scores of those officers that passed the NCJOSI from 2005 to 2008 and went through the academy, and On-the-job performance measures (i.e. performance appraisal ratings) of those officers that completed the academy and were hired from 2005 to 2008, and ID used for testing (likely Social Security Number) to link our test data to your data This data can be sent in an excel spreadsheet. Again, all we need in the spreadsheet are three columns: academy scores, performance appraisal ratings, and the individual s social security number, so we can link your data with our NCJOSI data. As a testing firm, I/O Solutions is very familiar with data sensitivity and concerns regarding privacy. No personally identifying information will be used in this study, and all information will be secured and housed in our test data server only. No information will be provided to any other parties or agencies. If you are willing to participate, please contact Mark Tawney at We appreciate any help you can offer, and we look forward to working with you. The New Jersey Police Chief 15 July/August 2009
18 The New Jersey Police Chief 16 July/August 2009
19 The New Jersey Police Chief 17 July/August 2009
20 NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE CAR SHIELD APPLICATION (SHIELDS ARE FOR ACTIVE & RETIRED STATUS MEMBERS ONLY) CAR SHIELDS ARE THE PROPERTY OF NJSACOP AND ARE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE FOR ABUSE OR MISUSE. NAME: ADDRESS: VEHICLE MAKE: YEAR: REGISTRATION#: DEPARTMENT: NJSACOP Office Use Only Approved: Yes No Shield # Received: Committee Chairperson: COPY OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION MUST ACCOM- PANY THIS APPLICATION ALONG WITH FEE OF $25. PLEASE CHECK ONE: CHECK VOUCHER CREDIT CARD: MC VISA AMEX CREDIT CARD #: EXP. DATE: CC BILLING ADDRESS: SIGNATURE: CAR SHIELDS CAN BE PICKED UP AT NJSACOP MONTHLY BUSINESS MEETINGS OR ADD $4 TO ABOVE FEE FOR MAILING COSTS. MAILING ADDRESS: NJSACOP ONE GREENTREE CENTRE, SUITE 201 MARLTON, NJ FAX: NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE BADGE APPLICATION TITLE: NAME: DEPARTMENT: ADDRESS: PHONE: COST: $40.00 PLEASE CHECK ONE STATUS: ACTIVE RETIRED RETIRED LIFE OR ASSOCIATE CORPORATE PRIVATE SECURITY PLEASE CHECK ONE: CHECK VOUCHER CREDIT CARD: MC VISA AMEX CREDIT CARD#: EXP. DATE: CC BILLING ADDRESS: SIGNATURE: MAILING ADDRESS: NJSACOP ONE GREENTREE CENTRE, SUITE 201 MARLTON, NJ FAX: The New Jersey Police Chief 18 July/August 2009
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