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N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.8 
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.10
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.11


Under the direction of a supervisory law enforcement officer, performs public safety 
and security functions on behalf of a local unit within the conditions and limitations 
set forth in the Special Law Enforcement Officers’ Act; does other related duties as 


Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs) are duly qualified, fully- trained officers 
employed by a local law enforcement agency on a temporary or interim basis to 
assist during peak demand periods or with unusual or emergency circumstances.  
Appointees to positions in this class shall not replace or substitute for full-time, 
regular police officers or in any way diminish the number of full-time officers 
employed by the local unit.  Officers are appointed for a fixed term not to exceed 
one year.  Reappointment upon expiration of the term is permitted but not guaranteed.  

There are three distinct classifications of SLEOs: Class I Officer, Class II Officer and 
Class III Officer.  The classes are differentiated based on the job duties performed.  
A brief summary of each class is depicted below.
Class I - Officers of this class shall be authorized to perform routine traffic detail, 
spectator control, and similar duties. If authorized by ordinance or resolution, as 
appropriate, Class I officers shall have the power to issue summonses for disorderly 
persons and petty disorderly persons offenses, violations of municipal ordinances, 
and violations of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes. The use of a firearm by an officer 
of this class shall be strictly prohibited and a Class I officer shall not be assigned 
any duties which may require the carrying or use of a firearm.

Class II - Officers of this class shall be authorized to exercise full powers and duties 
similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officer. The use 
of a firearm by an officer of this class may be authorized only after the officer has 
been fully certified as successfully completing training as prescribed by the commission.

Class III - Officers of this class shall be authorized to exercise full powers and duties 
similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officer while 
providing security at a public or nonpublic school or a county college on the school or 
college premises during hours when the public or nonpublic school or county college 
is normally in session or when it is occupied by public or nonpublic school or county 
college students or their teachers or professors.  While on duty in the jurisdiction of 
employment, an officer may respond to offenses or emergencies off school or college 
grounds if they occur in the officer’s presence while traveling to a school facility or 
county college, but an officer shall not otherwise be dispatched or dedicated to any 
assignment off school or college property. 

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.  
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job 
specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


Patrols assigned area(s) to enforce laws, regulations and ordinances, 
regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Provides for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergency and 
nonemergency calls, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle 
and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.

Identifies, pursues, and arrests suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.

Monitors traffic to ensure motorists observe regulations and exhibit safe driving 

Directs traffic flow and reroutes traffic when necessary.

Issues citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.

Monitors, notes, reports, and investigates suspicious persons and situations, safety 
hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in assigned area(s).

Inspects public establishments to ensure compliance with rules, regulations and 

Responds to radio calls and investigates complaints, disturbances, collisions, etc.; 
administers first aid when necessary.

Collects and secures evidence from crime scenes; may take photographs at a crime 
scene in order to establish visual evidence.

Controls crowds at emergency scenes or public events.

At the scene of a motor vehicle accident, questions operators, occupants, and 
witnesses, using simple interviewing techniques and writing notes of important 
information in order to help determine how, when, and why the accident occurred; 
prepares diagrams and incident reports as required. 

May serve warrants and subpoenas.

Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including 
firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, 
investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.

For SLEO III, patrols school or college grounds to protect against illegal entry, acts 
of violence, vandalism, illegal drug activity, arson, theft, and other unlawful acts; 
notifies administration and police, fire, EMS, or other appropriate authority of any 
situation requiring immediate attention.  

For SLEO III, provides security at school functions and events including, but not 
limited to, school opening, student assembly, lunch, recess, school dismissal, and 
after school activities, sports and functions.  

For SLEO III, participates in the district/school emergency and crisis management 
plan as assigned.  

Prepares cases and testifies in court.

Records facts to prepare police reports that document incidents and activities.

Maintains essential records and files.

Will be required to learn how to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related units



Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

NOTE:  Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.10, a person shall not be appointed 
as a special law enforcement officer unless the following conditions are met:

(1) Is a resident of New Jersey during the term of appointment; 

(2) Is able to read, write and speak the English language with 
     reasonable proficiency;

(3) Is sound in body and of good health; 

(4) Is of good moral character; 

(5) Has not been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or which 
     would make him/her unfit to perform the duties of his/her office; 

(6) Has successfully undergone the same psychological testing that is 
     required of all full-time police officers in the municipality or county or, 
     with regard to a special law enforcement officer hired for a seasonal 
     period by a resort municipality which requires psychological testing 
     of its full-time police officers, has successfully undergone a program 
     of psychological testing approved by the commission.

In addition to the qualifications identified above, a person shall not be 
appointed as a Class III special law enforcement officer unless the person:

(1) is a retired law enforcement officer who is less than 65 years of age; 
     for the purposes of this paragraph, a law enforcement officer shall not 
     be considered retired if the officer's return to employment violates any 
     federal or State law or regulation which would deem the officer's 
     retirement as not being bona fide;

(2) had served as a duly qualified, fully-trained, full-time officer in any law 
     enforcement position eligible for participating in the PFRS or in any 
     federal or bi-state law enforcement agency or as a member of the 
     State Police and was separated from that prior service in good standing;

(3) is physically capable of performing the functions of the position, 
     determined in accordance with Police Training Commission guidelines; 

(4) possesses a New Jersey Police Training Commission Basic Police 
     Officer Certification, New Jersey State Police Academy Certification, 
     or other proof of basic police training approved by the Police Training 

(5) has completed the training course for safe schools resource officers 
     developed pursuant to subsection a. of section 2 of P.L.2005, c.276 
     (C.52:17B-71.8); and

(6) is hired in a part-time capacity.


Must possess valid Police Training Commission certification applicable to 
the position.  

NOTE:  For SLEO II and SLEO III positions, Police Training Commission firearm 
certification may be required.  Appointees required to carry a firearm must 
requalify annually in the use of firearms.

NOTE:  Appointees will be required to attend other mandatory training made 
necessary by their assignment or duties.  These topics may include, but are 
not limited to, ethics training; unlawful harassment in the workplace; pursuit 
guidelines (if vehicle operation is required); hazardous material awareness; use 
of force refresher (if authorized to use force); weapons proficiency (if authorized 
to use weapons); other topics mandated by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.


Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary 
to perform the essential duties of the position.


Knowledge of the proper procedures used in dealing with people, and 
safeguarding people and property.

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to 
promote effective security operations for the protection of people and property.

Knowledge of the criminal justice system.  

Knowledge of safe automobile operation in accord with NJ motor vehicle laws 
and regulations.  

Knowledge of traffic laws and regulations.  

Knowledge of basic first aid.

Ability to maintain order.

Ability to be courteous but firm with the public. 

Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.

Ability to make sound decisions.

Ability to control and regulate vehicular traffic.

Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written directions.

Ability to note significant facts and conditions by observation when on patrol 
or traffic duty.

Ability to perform repetitive operations, including the answering of inquiries, 
without loss of equanimity, patience, or courtesy.

Ability to read, apply and interpret relevant laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Ability to effectively gather, organize, and utilize information.  

Ability to give testimony under oath in court.

Ability to write clear, accurate, and comprehensive police reports.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

Ability to learn how to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related 

Ability to read, write, speak and communicate in English sufficiently to 
perform the duties of this position.  American Sign Language or Braille 
may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform 
the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer 
undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
06895LU N/A99-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.