[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Cedar Grove 7-1-2001 by Ord. No. 01-564. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 55.
Chapter 266 of the Code of the Township of Cedar Grove is hereby established as set forth herein.
In 1991, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et seq. (the "Act"), having determined that domestic violence is a serious crime against society with victims from all social and economic backgrounds. Pursuant to the Act, crisis intervention teams of trained residents can be formed to assist police authorities in dealing with domestic violence cases. On January 18, 2000, the participation in a DVRT was mandated by Bill No. A-2786. The West Essex DVRT will be a regional effort with volunteers servicing the residents of Fairfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, North Caldwell, Verona and West Caldwell. The West Essex 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 West Essex Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Team. The Team shall consist of an unlimited number of volunteers who shall be at least 21 years of age and bona fide residents of New Jersey. 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 subject to a background check. Members of the Team shall be appointed by resolution of the Township Council. The Township Council shall also by resolution appoint certain Team members as Coordinators. All Coordinators and other Team members shall be supervised by the Police Department and shall serve at the direction of the Township Council.
No person may serve as a Team member unless he/she shall have first completed a forty-hour specialized training program as developed by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
The functions and duties of the 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 agencies, hotlines and the like 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 Township Council an annual report summarizing the activities of the Team and any recommendations it sees fit to make.