Bill designating county correctional officers, wardens as police signed into law

Governor Phil Murphy

MORRIS COUNTY — Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that would add the word “police” to the titles of county correctional officers, wardens and deputy wardens.

“This will help eliminate any confusion over their authority and just clarifies the powers that these officers of the law already possess,” said Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Sussex), sponsor of the measure S1739/A3236.

In January last year, similar legislation was enacted that changed the titles of state corrections officers. The laws aim to support officers when they are assigned to duties outside their normal operations by making it clear they have police powers, including the ability to make arrests.

The Civil Service Commission will create the following new titles: county correctional police officer, county correctional police warden and county correctional deputy police warden. Any fees associated with the title changes will be covered by the officer, warden and deputy warden. This may include any cost associated with an updated uniform, badge, or equipment.

Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Sussex) is also a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed the Assembly 76-0 on June 20.  The Senate version is prime sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and passed 34-0 on June 27.