The Fleet Management Unit (FMU) serves as liaison between the NJDOC and Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Transportation Services, to insure that all departmental vehicles are receiving proper repair at all Treasury, Bureau of Transportation Services, repair facilities. All correspondence between the two departments relating to vehicle operations is handled by the FMU. The unit also is responsible for registrations, insurance cards, fueling cards, EZ-Pass account oversight – including transponder assignments – and the replacement of lost or stolen license plates. The FMU interacts with NJDOC vehicle coordinators and Treasury, Bureau of Transportation Services, staff to evaluate vehicle replacement schedules and orchestrate vehicle exchanges. Additionally, continuous evaluation of Federal Motor Vehicle standards is conducted to insure departmental compliance.
The FMU manages the department’s extensive vehicle database, analyzing current and historical vehicle assignment information as well as mileage reporting to establish vehicle replacement criteria. Requests for NJDOC vehicle information from outside agencies is provided when appropriate. In addition, the unit composes investigative correspondence of vehicle-related infractions, such as Vehicle Complaints and Traffic Violations forwarded by the Department of the Treasury.
The FMU prepares all documentation required to acquire new vehicles. It also evaluates special equipment needs, such as security equipment, and coordinates installation. The unit is constantly on call to assist departmental personnel in the retrieval of disabled vehicles, insuring that retrieval is in compliance with Department of the Treasury policy.
The Office of Training provides corrections personnel with the skills necessary to successfully complete their tasks and to administer the care, custodial treatment and social reintegration of adult offenders committed to correctional facilities in New Jersey.
In order to qualify for admission into the Correctional Staff Training Academy, applicants must complete a four-phase pre-employment process that includes a background investigation, and physical and psychological examinations.
Two state laws help to define the Office of Training’s mission: the Police Training Act, which mandates training for state and county correction officers; and the Gun Control Act, which requires firearms qualification training for all state and county correction officers. Legislation obligates the Police Training Commission to approve the state basic curriculum and county officer recruit training programs, as well as firearms training programs. The Office of Training has codified and standardized the curriculum and expanded the content and duration of the basic
The NJDOC training facility was relocated in September 1998 from the New Jersey Training School for Boys in Skillman to the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt. The programs offered are designed to develop and enhance the skills of employees and to prepare them for future advancement, while presenting a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to training. To augment the staff, adjunct instructors are utilized from state correctional facilities as well as various law enforcement agencies.
College credits, accepted by and transferable to many two- and four-year colleges and universities, are available for the majority of the Office of Training’s course offerings.
The Office of Training also is responsible for the NJDOC Ceremonial Unit, which coordinates funeral detail representation for custody or civilian staff line-of-duty deaths and retired custody staff. The Ceremonial Unit also responds to requests for honor guards and pipe bands for outside agencies.
The Office of Policy and Planning is responsible for the evaluation of correctional and criminal justice information in the context of relevant law, policy and practice, and the development of data analyses, studies and reports to support NJDOC operations. The office acts as a liaison with New Jersey, federal, other state and local law and justice system agencies for strategic planning purposes, including the development of goals, objectives, impact analyses and research.
The Office of Policy and Planning is responsible for several NJDOC units.
and budget support purposes. Each month, inmate population estimates on admissions, releases and residents by calendar year and fiscal year are prepared. Each year, the unit receives various surveys to complete from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, where data is used in the making of reports for the entire nation. Similarly, a foreign-born inmate residents’ report is prepared monthly. This report is forwarded to federal government agencies for illegal immigration purposes.
The unit analyzes the impact of sentencing legislation on inmate population growth and develops analyses of proposed legislation that may affect inmate population growth, NJDOC budgetary needs and NJDOC capital needs. Data from the unit’s downloads is obtained, and as calendar year information is studied, the data is used as an indicator of how many cases flow in the NJDOC from admissions, to residents, to releases. From this, the unit determines how many beds will be required for any given bill proposed by the legislature.
An annual offender characteristics report is prepared and posted on the NJDOC Web site. The unit responds to requests coming directly from the director of Policy and Planning as well as from the Office of Public Information. An annual offender characteristics report is prepared and posted on the NJDOC Web site. The unit also receives various ad hoc requests for information/data related to inmate admissions, departures and inmate population; for example, the unit assists on the Capital Budget request and also reports annually on the amount of eligible inmate residents for the Youth Offenders Grant. An inmate deaths report is kept by this unit. The unit prepares a release outcome report that is used to respond to questions related to recidivism rates. It also works with various