Welcome to the official site of the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association (NJPTOA).

Our association is dedicated to enhancing traffic safety in New Jersey.

 This site serves as a resource for our members to exchange ideas and build working relationships. 

Our Mission Statement


This organization shall be known as the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers' Association

which is formed for the following purposes: 


  • To associate Police Officers engaged in the various areas of Traffic Safety into an organized body so they may be kept apprised of the latest technology, training, and legislation in the areas of Traffic Safety. 


  • To establish and advance cooperation in the police profession and provide guidance and educational techniques to accomplish the goals of the association. 


  • To contribute time and effort to the citizens of New Jersey by means of serving on statewide traffic safety committees. 


  • To recommend and support legislation consistent with the goals and purposes of this association and public safety.

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​​​​New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association 

Notices / Information Related COVID-19

Remember the five tenets of Below 100
Wear your seat belt
Watch your speed
Wear your vest
WIN: What's Important Now
Complacency kills
&
When in traffic
Wear your high visibility safety vest !!

Stay Safe Out There


See the Training Section for a list of Below 100 seminars in NJ.


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Motor Vehicle Commission facilities will remain closed until at least April 13th under a directive from Commission Chief Sue Fulton issued 3/27.  Their online website and transactions will still be active.


NJ Supreme Court - Supreme Court Omnibus Order on Covid-19 Issues directs the following closures: Grand Jury, Criminal Trials, suspended and Municipal Courts will be closed until at least April 26th.


March 24th - Colonel Callahan, in his role as State Director of Emergency Management, issued  NJ OEM Administrative Order 2020-5 expanding the essential retail businesses to include the following:

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle Shops, but only to provide service and repair
  • Livestock feed stores
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Farming equipment stores

An essential retail business is permitted to remain open during their during normal business hours provided they adhere to the social distancing guidelines as outlined in Executive Order 107.  In addition, the order clarified that municipalities have the discretion to impose additional restrictions on local beaches and boardwalks in response to COVID-19.
The order took effect immediately.


March 23rd - President Trump said that he is pushing back the deadline for when Americans will be required to have the new Real ID credential to board domestic flights.  At a White House briefing, Trump said he is postponing the Oct. 1 deadline, citing the coronavirus crisis and concerns of crowding at state departments of motor vehicles from people trying to meet the looming deadline.  No new deadline for compliance has been set, though Trump said a new date would be announced soon.


March 23rd  -  The NJ Supreme Court has ordered the release from county jails, municipal court-sentenced inmates and others who are serving jail sentences as a condition of probation. This action was taken to mitigate the danger of the spread of the Corona Virus.  Click here for a copy of the order.


​​March 21st - Governor Murphy announced the launch of the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub, a new website available at covid19.nj.gov. The Hub provides us with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State's response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance.


March 21st - Governor Murphy announced a  Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses
Executive Order No. 107 & Executive Order No. 108

Executive Order No. 107 directs all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.  Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.  Examples of employees who need to be present at their worksite in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, firefighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.

Executive Order No. 108 - invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Order No. 107, the only exceptions which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.
The orders shall take effect on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here.                      
For a copy of Executive Order No. 108, click here.


March 21st - The IRS announced the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020. This applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations and includes estimated tax payments for the tax year 2020 that are due on April 15th.  This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.


Governor Murphy signed several bills into law on March 20th, Below are three that have an impact on municipal governments:

A-3849/S-2302 – Modifies deadline by which public agency is required to respond to request for government record during a period of emergency
A-3850/S-2294  – Allows public bodies to conduct meetings, and provide notice, by electronic means during periods of emergency 
A-3851/S-2295  – Permits extension of deadlines for adoption of county and municipal budgets under certain circumstances


March 21st - U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito of the District of New Jersey urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov


Executive Order No. 105 - March 19th - regarding upcoming elections, all March and April elections will be moved to Tuesday, May 12.  The May elections will be conducted through Vote-By-Mail with VBM ballots automatically sent to all voters, the June primary is not impacted.  More details can be found at Elections.NJ.Gov

March 19th - Governor Murphy also ordered the closure of personal care businesses at 8 pm March 19th, (such as barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and massage parlors) which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, until further notice.


March 18th - Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, Governor Lamont, and Governor Wolf directed temporary closure of all indoor portions of retail shopping malls, amusement parks, & bowling alleys - effective by 8 PM Thursday, March 19th.

​​​Executive Order No. 104, was signed on March 16, 202 by Governor Phil Murphy to implement aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.  The executive order directs:

  • All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, with limited exceptions;
  • All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • The Commissioner of Education shall continue working with each public, private, and parochial school to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction
  • The Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education shall take all necessary actions to ensure all students eligible for free or reduced meals will continue to receive the services necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures;
  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect;
  • All other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.; and
  • All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.

The order will take effect immediately.  Click here to download executive order  104.


NJ Supreme Court ordered  a two-week suspension of all Municipal Court sessions as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the COVI D-19 coronavirus. This suspension of Municipal Court sessions will begin Monday, March 16 and continue through Friday, March 27, 2020.


New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission - All agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities will be closed effective March 15th as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  We anticipate re-opening in two weeks, on Monday, March 30, 2020.  Headquarters (TOC) and online services will continue operations.


MVC Administrative Order 2020-01 - March 13, 2020 - extending expiration dates on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Go to the MVC Advisories page.


MVC Administrative Order 2020-02 - March 19, 2020 - Temporary waivers of requirements concerning the International Registration Plan (“IRP”) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (“IFTA”).

MVC Administrative Order 2020-03 - March 19, 2020 - Dealer License renewal applications extended to May 31st & expiration date of dealer plates (“D” plates) extended to June 30th.


Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced on March 16th that the public may still access the State Parks, forests, recreation areas, and Wildlife Management Areas, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation.   However, campgrounds, visitor centers, nature centers, restrooms and similar facilities at state parks, forests, recreation areas, Wildlife Management Areas and historic sites are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety as the state works to address COVID-19.  Click here to read the full press release.


Canceled Training, Classes, Conferences, & More 

Most of these will be rescheduled, check with the respective sponsoring agency for when the new dates might be set.
Rutgers CAIT
* NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration, March 18th
* 2020 Work Zone Safety Conference at Rutgers, April 07th
* Work Zone Safety Awareness for Local Police, AAA in Hamilton, April 9th
* Police Work Zone Safety Train-The-Trainer, Passaic County PA, April 14th
* NJDHTS - NJTR-1 Crash Form Refresher, Rutgers CAIT, April 15th

* NJLTAP - Traffic Incident Management Training for Emergency Responders​, Rutgers CAIT, May 5th

* NJDHTS - NJTR-1 Crash Form Refresher, Middlesex County Fire Academy, May 12th

​* UAS Applications for Traffic Safety, Rutgers CAIT, May 13th
NJDHTS / Kean Crash Classes
* Basic Crash Investigation - Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Training Center, March 23 to April 3 - to be rescheduled
NJDHTS & AAA Clubs of NJ
* 2020 Traffic Safety Symposium on Pedestrian Safety - April 28th - will be rescheduled to the fall of 2020

Rutgers Center for Government Services

* Practical Traffic Engineering for Police Officers -  Spring 2020 class - April 16th to May 14th - will be rescheduled to the fall of 2020 

US Supreme Court  - all oral arguments scheduled between March 23rd and April 1st will be postponed.  The US Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public on March 12th, until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business, and case filing deadlines are not extended under Rule 30.1.  All public lectures and visitor programs are temporarily suspended.

NJAAR - Back to Basics 2020 two-day seminar scheduled for May 28th & 29th has been postponed to a later date to be announced. 


Academy Closures

New Jersey Police Training Commission has closed all law enforcement academies effective March 20, 2020.  There are three academies running a virtual video classroom for some academic portions. The closures will be reassessed on April 6, 2020.

Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute all forms of training suspended until the end of March 2020.

Camden County College Police Academy - postponed in-service training classes for March and April.

John H. Stamler Police Academy - all in-service classes are canceled through May 4, 2020.

Middlesex County Police Training Center - closed as of March 16, 2020, all classes are being rescheduled.

Middlesex County Fire Academy- closed as of March 13, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice.

Morris County Public Safety Academy - all classes scheduled at or by the Academy are canceled until further notice (updated 3/20)

Ocean County Police Academy - suspending the recruit and in-service classes through April 6th effective March 20th.

Passaic County Police Academy - closed until April 7, 2020

Somerset County Police Academy - all classes and meetings suspended through April 3, 2020.

Please submit all requests for information to be distributed to our association to: ​traffic@njptoa.org

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NHTSA recognizes that States, law enforcement, and first responders are working tirelessly to respond to the current public health emergency.  In order for States and Law Enforcement to prioritize public health, NHTSA is postponing the Distracted Driving, Heatstroke Awareness, and Click It or Ticket enforcement campaigns.

COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement 




COVID-19 Briefing for Law Enforcement Webinar – On March 19th the National Police Foundation, Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum hosted a webinar for law enforcement,  click here to watch the recording of the webinar


The IAFC Fire and EMS Personnel Survey and Dashboard, the IAFC and partner Esri, allows Fire agencies to report on the impacts to personnel they are seeing as they respond to COVID-19 events. The survey and accompanying dashboard provide a view as to what, where and who is being impacted. More than 2,000 fire personnel have been quarantined. 


IAFC Fire and EMS Force Protection PPE Survey and Dashboard: The IAFC Fire and EMS Force Protection PPE Survey and accompanying dashboard are designed to gauge the impacts that COVID-19 is having on fire and EMS PPE supply chains. The IAFC is asking fire departments to fill out the survey every couple of days to update their needs.


The CDC also released a new tool last week that assists agencies in calculating PPE needs. The tool can be found here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/burn-calculator.html

FBI National Academy Associates, Inc has set up a COVID-19 resource website for law enforcement  https://www.fbinaa.org/FBINAA/FBINAA/COVID-19.aspx


NHTSA has a website dedicated to Police and EMS dealing with COVID-19  

https://www.ems.gov/projects/coronavirus_covid-19_resources.html


The  National Institutes of Health  (NIH) has launched a website with important educational resources for Coronavirus workers dealing with the spread ofCOVID-19.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website to help Law Enforcement, click the links below for more information:
​​What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  
Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services and 911 Public Safety Answering Points for COVID-19 in the United States
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers​


The New Jersey State League of Municipalities has set up a special webpage to help municipalities and government employees deal with the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak.  There is a wealth of information and resource links throughout the page.  Click here to go to the website.  


The National Police Foundation's COVID-19 Resources page  https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/ 


FEMA is offering grants to reimburse agencies for extraordinary expenses associated with their response to the COVID-19 Emergency:
FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program
FEMA Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet
FEMA COVID Advisory March 21st

The CISA division of Department of Homeland Security has issued a Listing of Critical Workers as a reference for Law enforcement.
MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE  


Lexipol & PoliceOne are offering free online COVID-19 training for Law Enforcement  https://www.lexipol.com/coronavirus/


Coronavirus and the Importance of Infection Control Plans for Public Safety Agencies courtesy Lexipol & PoliceOne


Coronavirus considerations for law enforcement​ courtesy Lexipol & PoliceOne

Social Distancing to Control COVID-19 Spread: Actions Items for Public Safety courtesy Lexipol & PoliceOne

Today's Tip featuring Gordon Graham: Pandemic Ready courtesy Lexipol

Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting the fire service with PoliceOne's Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources page: Click here

CVSA Offers Coronavirus Guidance to Roadside Inspectors click here to read more


J. Harris Roll Call Training Segment: Self-Quarantine 
A brief Roll Call Training Video designed to spark discussions within your agency on the self-quarantine procedures for employees who may have been exposed to the virus both on and off duty.  This video is for information only and any/all policy and procedure must be developed by your agency in conjunction with local health officials.