[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 1-18-1979 as Ord. No. 525-79. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The governing body finds that offenses against the laws of the United States, the laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances of the City of Passaic by minors under the age of 18 years are increasing at an alarming rate; that in a great many cases a lack of proper supervision and control of the minor child by his parents or guardians is evident; and that the increasing problem of criminal and quasi-criminal offenses by children will not be solved by sanctions imposed upon the children alone, but it is necessary that sanctions be imposed upon parents or guardians whose neglect of their duty to properly supervise and control their children is a direct and proximate cause of the delinquency of those children.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any unemancipated person under the age of 18 years.
- Includes either or both natural parents of a minor, the legal guardians of such minor or any other adult persons who have voluntarily or otherwise assumed the responsibilities of a natural parent with respect to custody, care and control of said minor. For the purposes of the enforcement of this chapter, the term "parent" shall not apply to natural parents, legal guardians or other persons whose responsibility for the custody and control of such minor has been transferred to another person or terminated by court order or by the emancipation of said minor by marriage, military services or other circumstances. Persons claiming the benefit of any such termination or transfer of responsibilities shall bear the burden of establishing the same in any proceedings hereunder.
- VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE
- Includes any of the following acts: defacing, damaging or destroying public property or the private property of another within the City of Passaic; knowingly receiving stolen property; breaking and entering or entering without breaking into the property of another with the intent to steal; threatening another with the intention of extorting money or anything of value; possession and/or use of a controlled dangerous substance, as same shall be defined under Title 24 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey; or juvenile delinquency based upon any of the above offenses.
It shall be unlawful for any parent to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit or encourage a minor to commit a violation of the public peace, as defined herein, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over such minor. Whenever a minor shall be arrested or detained for the commission of any such violation of the public peace within the City of Passaic and said violation of the public peace was substantially contributed to by the failure of the parent to supervise the minor child or in any way to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage the minor to commit the violation of public peace, constituting a contribution to the cause of the juvenile misconduct, it shall be deemed as a violation of this chapter.
The remedy provisions of this chapter shall be cumulative, not exclusive, and the state or any other agency or person shall have the right to proceed under any other legally available remedies.