ROSELAND, NJ — For the purpose of protecting the privacy and security of Roseland residents, the Roseland Borough Council unanimously voted to amend two ordinances on Tuesday regarding the composition of the police department and the use of drones on public property.

The first ordinance adopted on Tuesday amends a chapter of the borough’s administration ordinance that pertains to the composition of the local police department.

According to the amended ordinance, the police department will now be composed of no more than one chief, two captains, three lieutenants, one detective sergeant, five patrol sergeants, three detectives and 17 patrol officers. Prior to this amendment, the police department consisted of only one lieutenant and two detectives.

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The police department will continue to employ no more than six civilian dispatchers and one administrative assistant to the chief.

The second amended ordinance that was adopted on Tuesday replaces a section of the borough’s "Police Regulations" ordinance with a new section entitled "Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on Public Property.”

According to the council, the purpose of adopting a new ordinance restricting the use of UAS on public property is to protect the privacy and security of borough residents, school facilities and children.

The ordinance defines a UAS as “an unmanned aircraft and associated elements (including communication links and the components that control the unmanned aircraft) that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.” The term “drone” has the same definition as UAS within the ordinance. 

According to the Roseland Police Department and/or other municipal officials who will enforce this new ordinance, violators will be subject to a fine of up to $2,000. In addition, the ordinance states that Roseland police officers are authorized to remove drones or UAS that are found on borough property until the owner claims the UAS and is charged any applicable storage costs.

The ordinance does not prohibit any federal, state, county or municipal agency, law enforcement agency, or emergency services organization from the use of a UAS or drone for any lawful and authorized purpose pursuant to the applicable regulation. 

After reading the ordinances, Mayor Duthie announced the appointment of James Campbell as the new part-time zoning manager with an immediate start date.

The next borough council meeting will be held on Sept. 11 at the municipal building.

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