1. Preventive Counseling and
Guidance for children.
This area includes conferences
with juveniles and their parents for minor offenses, prevention of
incidents and guidance in being a responsible member of the community.
2. Missing/Runaway Investigations.
This is an area of particular importance with a priority status.
3. Referrals-DYFS, Family Crisis
Intervention Unit and Schools.
A close relationship is maintained with DYFS, FCIU and the Board of
Education in assuring the safety and welfare of the children.
4. Investigations involving Child
Endangerment. This may include sexual assaults, kidnapping, abuse and
neglect cases and unattended children. A close relationship is also
maintained with the Prosecutors Office for investigations of these
5. Enforcement of NJ Law Titles
2A, 2C, 9 and 39.
6. Detectives also have
training/responsibilities in such fields as computer/internet
investigation, fraud, fire/arson investigation, hostage negotiation,
narcotics investigation and gang monitoring/suppression and are often
called upon for these and other specialized investigations.
7. Criminal Investigations of
any nature, whether that of Juvenile or Adult concern.
Prevention and rehabilitation
continue to be stressed, with the detectives of the Juvenile Division
being fully cognizant of the fact that they are first, Police Officers.
Members of this division are continually trained and re-trained. They
are capable, qualified and dedicated individuals, willing to help in any
situation which arises.
Intelligence is shared with
other members of the Investigations Bureau, Field Operations Bureau and
the Community Policing Division. We work very closely with all divisions
in order to target on-going offenses such as theft, graffiti, gang
activity and criminal mischief. Repetitive offenders are monitored and
pursued in a more aggressive approach, criminal petitions are signed and
in extreme cases, offenders are committed to the Juvenile Detention
facility. Only Juvenile detectives are trained in the preparation of
juvenile petitions which charge juveniles with offenses and crimes as
well as the preparation of cases for the juvenile court system. They
also have the dual responsibility of preparing adult court complaints
when a particular incident arises.
"Caseload Management" and
"Administrative Assessment" continue to be utilized within the Juvenile
Division. Investigations are assessed and assigned based on immediate
priority. The cases are monitored and reviewed individually, thus
allowing the supervisor to follow all on-going investigations and
determine existing crime patterns. This system of management has
continued to produce positive results in the divisionís overall annual
clearance rate for the year.
The"Missing Child Alert System"
continues to be an asset to the department. This system is administered
by the New State Police and is operated by the Juvenile Division
Detectives. A partnership, forged between law enforcement and the
community groups, enables us to electronically distribute computerized
color flyers containing pertinent information concerning missing or
Two objectives that are
presently being met is that of an aggressive stance on "juvenile
bullying" and a "zero tolerance" on the possession of
weapons/intimidation within the schools. Several characteristics of
bullying have been identified, 1. Physical Violence 2. Threats and
Intimidation 3. Verbal Taunts and 4. Extortion.
These problems are taken
seriously. Bullies come from many economic, cultural or religious
backgrounds and many such persons have average or above average
self-esteem. Boys usually bully through physical and verbal attacks
whereas girls are more likely to bully through "emotional violence."
Recent times have seen an
escalation of weapons offenses in/about schools, both in Clifton and
throughout the nation and world. The tragedy which took place in
Columbine, Colorado has called attention to the need to be wary of the
safety of all persons concerned within the schools (students, teachers,
faculty, staff, visitors and Officers). The relationship developed with
school administration provides for a combined effort in assuring the
well being of the schools and a cooperation in a zero tolerance effort
in possessing weapons on campus and/or to and from school.
The Juvenile Division has also
adopted a "High School Intern Program" in which two Seniors are selected
and are assigned to the Department. These students are shown all the
facets of law enforcement in this program as a pre-cursor to a
profession which they would like to enter. One such intern is presently
enrolled in a college Criminal Justice program, while continuing to
clerk for the Clifton Police Department with aspirations of one day
becoming a Clifton Police Officer.
The Juvenile Division has taken
an aggressive stance in eliminating bullying/possession of weapons and
maintaining safe schools. This stance is well supported by the Passaic
County Prosecutors Office.
The Juvenile Division continues
to place a strong emphasis on providing a safe environment, conducive to
learning, where children can be free from hostility and disruptions,
which could negatively impact their quality of life.