1. a. For the purposes of this act:

   “Member of a New Jersey law enforcement agency” means any sworn or civilian employee of a law enforcement agency operating under the authority of the laws of the State of New Jersey;

Terms Used In New Jersey Statutes 2A:156A-35

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • State: extends to and includes any State, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia and the Canal Zone. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2
  • sworn: includes "affirmed. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2

   “Out-of-State law enforcement agency” means any law enforcement agency or officer operating under the authority of the laws of another State; “Out-of-State law enforcement agency” shall not include a federal law enforcement agency, or task force operating under the auspices of a federal law enforcement agency;

   “Law enforcement activity” means investigations, operations and intelligence gathering activity conducted by a law enforcement agency or officer; “law enforcement activity” shall not encompass non-investigatory conduct, including but not limited to participation in training classes or exercises, execution of child-support warrants, or transportation of incarcerated persons to and from this State;

   “Counter-terrorism activity” means any activity undertaken by a law enforcement agency to investigate, detect, deter, or prevent the crime of terrorism as defined under the “September 11th, 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act,” P.L.2002, c.26 (C.2C:38-1 et seq.), or any other offense defined under chapter 38 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, or for an offense of a substantially similar nature committed in another jurisdiction, without regard to whether such crime is committed or intended to be committed in this State;

   “Counter-terrorism watch” means a counter terrorism entity within the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center.

   b.   Any local, municipal, or county law enforcement agency or officer shall promptly notify the county prosecutor, or the county prosecutor’s designee, when a law enforcement officer learns of, or acquires knowledge of, an out-of-State law enforcement agency that intends to enter, or has entered, the borders which are under the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey for the purpose of conducting law enforcement activities in this State.  Notification required pursuant to this act shall include, but not be limited to:

   (1)   the date and time that the out-of-State agency’s activity is discovered;

   (2)   the nature, purpose, and scope of the out-of-State law enforcement agency’s activities in this State;

   (3)   the out-of-State law enforcement agency’s name and contact information; and

   (4)   the name and contact information of the law enforcement agency operating in the State of New Jersey.

   The notification shall be given as soon as practicable, but in no event shall notification be provided later than 24 hours after learning of, or acquiring information concerning, the out-of-State agency’s law enforcement activity in this State.

   c.   All county prosecutors shall promptly notify the counter-terrorism watch within the New Jersey State Police when a law enforcement officer learns of, or acquires knowledge of, an out-of-State law enforcement agency that intends to enter, or has entered, the borders which are under the jurisdiction of this State for the purpose of conducting counter-terrorism activities in this State.  Notifications shall be provided in a manner and within the time limitations set forth under subsection b. of this section. 

   d.   Upon receiving information that an out-of-State law enforcement agency intends to enter, or has entered, the borders which are under the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey for the purpose of conducting counter-terrorism activities in this State, the counter-terrorism watch shall notify the Superintendent of State Police, or the Superintendent’s designee, and the Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.  The counter-terrorism watch shall communicate such information provided by the county prosecutor to the designated staff of the joint terrorism task force within the New Jersey State Police.

   e.   The Attorney General may promulgate rules and regulations, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.

   L.2013, c.156, s.1.