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Bill Retitling Corrections Officers as ‘State Correctional Police Officers’ Approved By Senate
By capemaycountyherald.com
Published: 01/10/2018

TRENTON - Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew creating a new title for New Jersey’s state corrections officers, who would be known as State Correctional Police Officers under the bill, was approved by the Senate.

“Corrections officers put their lives on the line every day in our correctional facilities. These men and women are also expected to react if a crime is committed or an emergency occurs outside of the facility in which they work, and in fact corrections officers were among those who were deployed in response to the 9/11 terror attacks,” said Senator Van Drew (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic). “They deserve the respect and dignity to not only be treated as officers, but also for their professional titles to reflect their responsibilities. This legislation will provide for that.”

The bill (S-1651) would direct the Civil Service Commission to retitle the positions of State correction officers to State correctional police officers. The title changes provided in this bill would apply to all corrections officers employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Commission. The bill would also clarify the law enforcement powers that are already held by State corrections officers.

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