[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Glen Rock 4-24-2019 by Ord. No. 1804. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Community Relations Advocacy Network (formerly Community Relations Advisory Board of Ridgewood and Glen Rock) encourages a welcoming, inclusive and sensitive approach to the challenges of a multicultural society. Its mission is to develop educational and other programs that promote intercultural communication and understanding; to encourage regular use of sensitivity training for police, school, personnel and other community employees; to support victims of bias-related crimes and to encourage the reporting of such incidents. Its vision is a society where all are able to build lives of dignity and self-respect.
The members of the Community Relations Advocacy Board of Ridgewood and Glen Rock, following the untethering of the Board by the Village of Ridgewood, seek to establish a new committee incorporated singularly by the Borough of Glen Rock. The group will henceforth be known as the Community Relations Advocacy Network.
The board is comprised of eight members, who will serve three-year terms, with at least 50% of the members being permanent residents of Glen Rock. Appointments will be made to include representatives from the community, including municipal departments, such as the police department and public library. Local community members, civic leaders, and students will also be represented. Appointments shall be made by the Mayor with the consent of the Council.
A chairperson will be selected by the Board.
Decision-making will continue to be conducted by consensus.
Minutes will be recorded each meeting, with a redaction of names and identifying details of victims and minors.
The Board will hold both open public meetings once monthly (the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), as well as closed sessions, where appropriate (to protect the confidentiality and privacy of victims or at-risk persons).
The intentions of the Board are set forth in the above mission statement. To expand upon that statement, the chief goals of the Board are as follows: to continue to build an aware and inclusive community; to foster diversity and representation of all residents; to work toward social justice and equality; to encourage dialogue and accessibility between law enforcement and all citizens; to provide a support network to victims of bias and discrimination; to constructively address and abate incidences of bias and discrimination if and when they occur, and to empower and educate residents on issues affecting themselves and their neighbors.