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Title: STATE POLICE
Section: Complaints against State Police officers, process.
1. Except as otherwise provided by law, no permanent officer or trooper of the New Jersey State Police shall be removed from his office, employment or position for political reasons or for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct, or disobedience of rules and regulations established for the State Police, nor shall an officer or trooper be suspended, removed, fined or reduced in rank from or in office, employment, or position therein, except for just cause as hereinbefore provided and then only upon a written complaint setting forth the charge or charges against the officer or trooper. The complaint shall be filed in the office of the Superintendent or with the officer or officers having charge of the unit of the State Police wherein the complaint is made and a copy shall be served upon the officer or trooper so charged, with notice of a designated hearing thereon by the proper authorities, which shall be not less than 10 or more than 30 days from date of service of the complaint. A complaint charging a violation of the internal rules and regulations established for the conduct of the State Police shall be filed no later than the 45th day after the date on which the person filing the complaint obtained sufficient information to file the matter upon which the complaint is based, except that a complaint charging a violation of the internal rules and regulations established for the conduct of the State Police involving (1) prohibited discrimination, (2) unreasonable use of force or threat of force, or (3) an intentional constitutional violation shall be filed no later than the 120th day after the date on which the person filing the complaint obtained sufficient information to file the matter upon which the complaint is based, until such time as the consent decree entered into between the United States and this State in Civil No. 99-5970 (MLC), ordered by United States District Court Judge Mary Cooper on December 30, 1999, has expired on such matter and all discipline issues will be governed by the 45-day limit thereafter. The applicable time limit shall not apply if an investigation of an officer or trooper for a violation of the internal rules or regulations of the law enforcement unit is included directly or indirectly within a concurrent investigation of that person for a violation of the criminal laws of this State. The applicable time limit shall begin on the day after the disposition of the criminal investigation. The time requirement of this section for the filing of a complaint against an officer or trooper shall not apply to a filing of a complaint by a private individual. A failure to comply with the provisions of this section concerning the service of the complaint and the time within which a complaint is to be filed shall require a dismissal of the complaint. The officer or trooper may waive the right to a hearing and may appeal the charges directly to any available authority specified by law or regulation, or follow any other procedure recognized by a contract, as permitted by law. L.2001,c.380.
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