[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 6-4-2001 by Ord. No. 01-13 (Ch. 16 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In 1991, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et seq., having determined that domestic violence is a serious crime against society affecting victims from all social and economic backgrounds. On January 18, 2000, Bill No. A-2876(2R) was signed into public law, amending N.J.S.A. 2C:25-20b(3) to require New Jersey law enforcement agencies to establish crisis intervention teams. Pursuant to the Act, crisis intervention teams of trained residents shall be formed to assist police authorities in dealing with domestic violence cases. The Bloomfield Domestic Violence Intervention Team would assist victims of domestic violence by providing information on available resources and referrals and acting as a liaison with the police and other agencies, as appropriate.
There is hereby created the Bloomfield Domestic Violence Intervention Team. The team shall consist of unlimited number of volunteers who shall be at least 21 years of age and bona fide residents of Bloomfield. All team members shall serve without compensation. Interested persons shall complete an application form supplied by the Township, be fingerprinted by the Police Department and subjected to a comprehensive background check and screening process. Members of the team shall be appointed by resolution of the Township Council upon recommendations of the Mayor, Director and Police Chief. The Township Council shall also, by resolution, upon recommendation of the Mayor, Director and Police Chief, appoint certain team members as coordinators. All coordinators and other team members shall be supervised by the Police Department and shall serve at the discretion of the Township Council.
No person may serve as a team member unless he/she shall first complete a forty-hour training program specializing in domestic violence and crisis intervention team matters. This training further provides confidentiality protection to the member in comportment with N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-22 et seq.
The functions and duties of the Crisis Intervention Team shall include, but not be limited to:
Meeting with victims of domestic violence to provide support, compassion and advice.
Providing information on available resources, appropriate victim assistance agencies, hot lines and similar support services and serving as a liaison with police and other agencies as appropriate.
Such other functions and duties as may be established by the Police Department.
The Police Department shall prepare and submit to the Municipal Council an annual report summarizing the activities of the team and any recommendations it sees fit to make.