Dancer introduces bill equalizing due process for non-civil service law enforcement

Dancer introduces bill equalizing due process for non-civil service law enforcement

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Some non-civil service law enforcement officers have lesser due-process rights than others when facing disciplinary charges. Legislation proposed by Assemblyman Ron Dancer will ensure equal justice under a current law that provides for Superior Court review and special disciplinary arbitration for some officers.

“Right now, only officers serving in municipal police departments that are not part of the civil service system are eligible for special disciplinary arbitration,” explained Dancer (R-Ocean). “The law, as it’s written, discriminates against non-civil service law enforcement working for other entities like colleges and universities. It needs to be reformed so that all officers are treated equally.”

In October 2020, the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division ruled the law (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-150) only applies to officers working for law enforcement agencies in non-civil service municipalities, as is the case in towns like Paramus and Barnegat. Dancer’s bill (A5107) provides equal rights by including every member of a non-civil service police department in New Jersey.

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.