[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 9-23-2015 by Ord. No. 18-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alarm systems — See Ch. 138.
The purpose of this chapter is to discourage the making or causing of false emergency calls through the Morris County 911 Emergency System, so as to reduce the waste of resources within the Township Police Department.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FALSE EMERGENCY CALL
- Any telephone call or other type of communication received by the Jefferson Township Police Department through the Morris County 911 Emergency System. This shall include all such calls, whether intentional or unintentional, or caused by failure, malfunction, accidental dialing or operation of equipment, inadvertence or negligence by the person making the call, or his/her employees or agents.
- Includes any natural person, partnership, firm, corporation or association.
Any person, employee, agent, or servant of any person who causes a false emergency telephone call or communication to be made through the Morris County 911 Emergency System which is received by the Jefferson Township Police Department shall be subject to the following penalties:
For the first offense of a false emergency call, a verbal warning shall be issued.
For the second offense of a false emergency call, a written warning shall be issued.
For the third offense of a false emergency call, and any subsequent false emergency call within a period of 180 days, a summons shall be issued and, if found guilty, a minimum fine of $100 up to a maximum fine of $500 shall be imposed.
Multiple summonses may be issued to the owner of the phone, as well as the person or person(s) who caused the false emergency call to be made.