Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Revised 2012 Training Calendar
The Police Training section of the NJLawman.com website has now been
updated to contain every police academy that has publicized their
training online. This section allows you to plan out your entire
annual training program from one place.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Pitman Schedule
As the fall approaches and departments begin
contemplating new schedules, we begin getting requests for information
on the Pitman Schedule. The Pitman Schedule is the fastest growing
schedule in law enforcement, especially in New Jersey. We
put together a piece dissecting and outlining the pro's and the con's
which can be accessed by clicking the following link:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Great Organization for Proactive Officers
Drug arrests are one of the goals of all
proactive street officers. One of the best resources for these
officers is the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association.
The organization is made of similar minded law
enforcement officers from all backgrounds and agencies. They
holding training forums several times a year and an annual conference.
It's a great way to learn, network, and plug yourself in to what is
going on around the state.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Fireworks - What to Charge
We post this every year and get complaints when
we forget. For New Jersey officers, July brings the annual question when
making arrests for fireworks: "Where is the fireworks charge in the 2C
book?" Well, it's not under 2C.
Chapter 21 covers explosives and fireworks.
You'll find a plethora of statutes in this chapter covering everything
from smoking in a facility that manufacturers fireworks to rules
regulating the public display of fireworks. The statute most relevant to
the line officer will be 21:3-2. Sale, Possession, or Use of, Fireworks
which reads as follows:
It shall be unlawful for any person to
offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, possess or use, or explode
any blank cartridge, toy pistol, toy cannon, toy cane or toy gun in
which explosives are used; the type of balloon which requires fire
underneath to propel the same; firecrackers; torpedoes; skyrockets,
Roman candles, bombs, sparklers or other fireworks of like
construction, or any fireworks containing any explosive or
inflammable compound or any tablets or other device commonly used
and sold as fireworks containing nitrates, chlorates, oxalates,
sulphides of lead, barium, antimony, arsenic, mercury,
nitroglycerine, phosphorus or any compound containing any of the
same or other explosives, or any substance or combination of
substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a
visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration
or detonation, other than aviation and railroad signal light flares,
except (a) that it shall be lawful for any person to offer for sale,
expose for sale, sell, possess or use, or explode any toy pistol,
toy cane, toy gun, or other device in which paper or plastic caps
containing .25 grain or less of explosive compound per cap are used,
providing they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in
contact with the cap when in place for use, and toy pistol paper or
plastic caps which contain less than .20 grain of explosive mixture
per cap and (b) as in this chapter further provided.
The statute also contains exceptions and other
important information, so be sure to read the actual law and consult
your only agencies rules before filing any charges.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Reviewing New Jersey Statute of Limitations
They're hard to find when you need them, but rest assured, they are in
the 2C book under 2C:1-6. Always an interesting read.
2C:1-6 Time limitations.
a. (1) A prosecution for any offense set
forth in N.J.S.2C:11-3, N.J.S.2C:11-4, N.J.S.2C:14-2 or sections 1
through 5 of P.L.2002, c.26 (C.2C:38-1 through C.2C:38-5) may be
commenced at any time.
(2) A prosecution for any offense set forth in
N.J.S.2C:17-2, section 9 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-9), section 20
of P.L.1989, c.34 (C.13:1E-48.20), section 19 of P.L.1954, c.212
(C.26:2C-19), section 10 of P.L.1984, c.173 (C.34:5A-41), or section
10 of P.L.1977, c.74 (C.58:10A-10) may be commenced at any time.
b. Except as otherwise provided in this section, prosecutions for
other offenses are subject to the following periods of limitations:
(1) A prosecution for a crime must be
commenced within five years after it is committed;
(2) A prosecution for a disorderly persons
offense or petty disorderly persons offense must be commenced within
one year after it is committed;
(3) A prosecution for any offense set forth in
N.J.S.2C:27-2, N.J.S.2C:27-4, N.J.S.2C:27-6, N.J.S.2C:27-7,
N.J.S.2C:29-4, N.J.S.2C:30-2, N.J.S.2C:30-3, or any attempt or
conspiracy to commit such an offense, must be commenced within seven
years after the commission of the offense;
(4) A prosecution for an offense set forth in
N.J.S.2C:14-3 or N.J.S.2C:24-4, when the victim at the time of the
offense is below the age of 18 years, must be commenced within five
years of the victim's attaining the age of 18 or within two years of
the discovery of the offense by the victim, whichever is later;
(5) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2007, c.131).
c. An offense is committed either when every element occurs or,
if a legislative purpose to prohibit a continuing course of conduct
plainly appears, at the time when the course of conduct or the
defendant's complicity therein is terminated. Time starts to run on
the day after the offense is committed, except that when the
prosecution is supported by physical evidence that identifies the
actor by means of DNA testing or fingerprint analysis, time does not
start to run until the State is in possession of both the physical
evidence and the DNA or fingerprint evidence necessary to establish
the identification of the actor by means of comparison to the
d. A prosecution is commenced for a crime when an indictment is
found and for a nonindictable offense when a warrant or other
process is issued, provided that such warrant or process is executed
without unreasonable delay. Nothing contained in this section,
however, shall be deemed to prohibit the downgrading of an offense
at any time if the prosecution of the greater offense was commenced
within the statute of limitations applicable to the greater offense.
e. The period of limitation does not run during any time when a
prosecution against the accused for the same conduct is pending in
f. The limitations in this section shall not apply to any person
fleeing from justice.
g. Except as otherwise provided in this code, no civil action
shall be brought pursuant to this code more than five years after
such action accrues.
Sunday, September 20, 2009 The 14 Domestic Violence Offenses
2C:25-19 lists the fourteen domestic violence offenses.
Without looking can you name them?
Criminal sexual contact N.J.S.2C:14-3
Terroristic threats N.J.S.2C:12-3
Criminal mischief N.J.S.2C:17-3
Criminal restraint N.J.S.2C:13-2
Criminal trespass N.J.S.2C:18-3
False imprisonment N.J.S.2C:13-3
Sexual assault N.J.S.2C:14-2
Stalking P.L.1992, c.209 (C.2C:12-10)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Training - Cuff Key
It's an old street-cop trick to keep an extra cuff key secreted
somewhere on the uniform. But, have you ever tried to use it?
There are two considerations here. First, if you were ever
taken and cuffed, is your key in a location where you would be able to
access it? How about if you were cuffed from behind?
Second, if cuffed, are you able to physically open the cuffs using
In front, it is not so difficult. From behind, you will need
Monday, August 24, 2009
Your Mental State
This is an incredibly important concept that is really the cornerstone
of preparing for a deadly encounter. We first printed this back in
the early days of the site, and we repost it every two years or so to
keep it fresh.
In the Calibre Press book, The Tactical
Edge, they created a systematic view of an officer's mental
condition on a given day ranging from patrolling around without a care
in the world to sheer panic. Take a look:
CONDITION WHITE- This is a state of
unawareness, you are totally relaxed and unaware what is going on around
CONDITION YELLOW- A person is relaxed but
at the same time is alert.
CONDITION ORANGE- An officer in Condition
Orange is in a state of alarm. His training, education, common sense,
tells him that something is not right. He doesnít know what the problem
is but he is constantly evaluating the situation and is planning a
course of action.
CONDITION RED- In Condition Red danger is
obvious. Threat recognition is mandatory. You see the threat and then
you act upon it using verbal commands, physical force, or deadly force.
You are totally committed to neutralizing the threat in a controlled
CONDITION BLACK- An officer in condition
Black has completely lost control of the situation. He is in a state of
panic, or mental paralysis.
This is just so right on target.
The only area we would add to is Condition
Another symptom of Condition Black is when
an officer loses control of himself. He begins screaming at
suspects and is clearly not in control of himself. Every human
being is susceptible to this. It is important to recognize because
this will be the guy who may do something inappropriate. This is
also the guy who may get you indicted. If you spot this, save him
from himself, and help him disengage from the situation.
Saturday, July 11,
How to Fail a Breathalyzer Test
There is nothing we can say that is not covered in this video...
May 17, 2009
This is just a great find. For those not familiar with Paul Harvey,
he was a radio broadcaster who died earlier this year. Harvey was
mostly know for his The Rest of the Story segments.
In this piece, Harvey discussed policeman.
Thanks to DHH for sending this to us.
March 1, 2009
Sometimes audio is more powerful than video. This is one of those
The actual incident occurred on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in
Jeffersonville, Indiana. The officers were dispatched to a Motel
The audio tapes take it from there.
Click here to go to the page where you can listen to the audio.
February 15, 2009
The New York Daily News recently did a piece on hidden weapons.
While some of them are old news, it is still, nonetheless, an interesting
Most departments require a pre-flight type check of the patrol vehicle
prior to starting patrol. For those that carry shotguns in the passenger
compartment, removing, unloading, and reloading the shotgun is often
part of the exercise.
Sometimes, however, calls start coming in before we hit the road, and we
must perform an abbreviated pre-flight check. Our skills can get a bit
So, hereís the test: how long does it take you to put the car in park,
unlock and remove the shotgun, and step out of the car?
Oh yeah, at night in the dark.
Remember, if you would not be putting on the interior light when
responding to a hot call, so donít do it when testing yourself.
We just added a page listing some of the more well known
If you have a chance, take a look. If we're missing any, give us a
shout so we can keep the list fresh
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 San
Francisco Police Patch NJLawman.com
Many police departments have mottos or slogans they use on the
vehicles, letterhead, etc. "To Serve and Protect" or a version of
such is the most common.
The San Francisco Police Department has a rather unique motto which
is inscribed on their patch.
"Oro en paz, fierro en guerra."
Written in Spanish, the phrase translates to "Gold in peace, Iron in
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Police and Fire Mortgage Program NJLawman.com
4.67%. That is the current rate for the Police and Fire Mortgage.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Police and Fire Mortgage Program is up
and running. There was a depletion of available funds which is
temporarily halting the refinancing option, but that money is expected
to be replenished.
Other than that, the program is still available.
For more information on the Police and Fire Mortgage Program, call Sharon
Press at 800-612-1864. Sharon has been a long-time advertiser on
NJLawman.com and we've received many compliments about her. Even
if you just have questions about mortgages in general, she's very
friendly and knowledgeable.
Yet another site which will undoubtedly warehouse defamatory information
about police officers has launched in cyberspace. Ratemycop.com is
a database of just about every police department in the country.
While still under construction, site owners are in the process of
entering every officer for each department by name. Visitors can
rate the individual officers by different criteria and even leave
Police equipment can be purchased from a variety of websites on the Internet. However, finding police equipment at a reasonable price takes some work.
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