Monday, December 22, 2014

WEST ESSEX POLICE DEPARTMENTS SEEK VOLUNTEERS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESPONSE TEAM: APPLICATI ONS AVAI LABLE FOR SPRING TRAI NING SESSION.

The West  Essex communities of Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona  and  West Caldwell, in  conjunction  with  Rachel  Coalition  and  the  Safe House, has a team of specially-trained  volunteer advocates  available to meet confidentially with victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The volunteer advocates, who are civilian members of the community, work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at the time of the crisis at your local police departments. The advocates also discuss with the victim their rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT volunteers, who identities are  kept  anonymous,  are  available  24-hours  a  day  to  meet  with  victims.  The volunteer advocates are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid NJ driver's license, be willing to serve on an on-call basis, and submit to a background investigation and fingerprinting. Applicants must live in one of the 8 West Essex area towns. Applicants cannot have a criminal history or a history as a defendant in a domestic violence matter. The 40 hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants. Rachel Coalition will be conducting a 14 week training one night per week beginning in March on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The West Essex Police Departments and Rachel Coalition are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.

To request a DVRT application, Please contact Sergeant John Belotta, North Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-0800. Applications must be picked up in person and the deadline to file your application for the March training is January 31, 2015.

STOLEN VEHICLE ALERT

The Fairfield Police Department is adamantly warning motorists not to leave their vehicles idling while unattended. While it is against state law to do so, the bigger concern is the increase of stolen vehicles occurring in the West Essex area over the past few months that have been taken as a result of motorists who have done just that. The most recent incident took place on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the A-1 Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken in just a few seconds when the owner ran into the store.

MEETING NOTICE-TRAFFIC AND CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE

Chief Charles Voelker will be hosting his monthly meeting of the Citizens Traffic and Crime Prevention Committee. The chief will discuss issues relating to each topic and will field questions about law enforcement activities in Fairfield. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Community Center, 376 Hollywood Avenue, on Augsut 21, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

MEETING REMINDER-MAYOR AND COUNCIL

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council on Monday April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

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