State of New Jersey empowers local municipalities to enact laws
intended to preserve the quality of life.
These laws are called “ordinances” and are passed by the Borough Mayor and Council based
upon the needs of the community.
Glen Rock the following conduct is prohibited:
Consumption or Possession of open Alcoholic Beverages:
Persons, regardless of their age, may not consume or possess open
alcoholic beverages on any public street, walkway, alley, parking
area, public park, playground or public-owned property.
This also includes any location with access open to the
public, even if privately owned.
exceptions to this ordinance are made for organized events where a
special permit is obtained from the Borough Clerk in advance.
The locations for which these permits are issued are
or Defecation in Public or Open Places:
It is unlawful to urinate or defecate in any place, public or
private, visible from any public place.
Disorderly Acts and Conduct
person shall commit any of the acts enumerated below, each of
which shall be deemed and considered disorderly conduct or a
breach of the peace:
Make or assist in making any improper noise, riot, disturbance
or breach of the peach in the streets or elsewhere within the
Create or cause it to be created a danger of the breach of
By his/her actions cause a crowd to collect, except when
lawfully addressing such a crowd.
Interfere with any person in any place by jostling against such
person or unnecessarily crowding him or by placing a hand in the
proximity of such person’s pocket, pocketbook or handbag.
Station him/herself in any place or follow or accost any person
for the purpose of obtaining money or other property from said
person by any trick, artifice, swindle, confidence game or in
any other illegal manner.
Stand on sidewalks or street corners and make insulting remarks
to or about passing pedestrians or annoy such pedestrians.
Accost or approach another unknown to him/her, on a public
street or other public place in the Borough, and then knowingly
and by word, sign or gesture attempt to speak to or become
acquainted with such person against his will, except in the
transaction of legitimate business.
of firearms, weapons or paint ball gun, “air soft” guns or
bow and arrow
Set off or discharge any revolver, pistol, gun, cannon or
firearm of any description using cartridges or gunpowder for
ammunition; provided, however, that nothing contained herein
shall be construed to extend to any military maneuvers, to the
explosion of dynamite or similar material used for blasting
purposes under proper supervision and to any police officer in
the line of duty.
Discharge any paint ball gun, air soft gun or bow and arrow,
except upon private property with the permission of the owner in
a manner where projectiles will not land beyond the limits of
Resisting or interfering with police, fire fighters and
person shall resist any police officer or member of the Police
Department or other Borough official in the discharge of his
duties or in any way interfere with or hinder or prevent any
police officer, fire fighter or Borough official from
discharging his/her duties as such Police officer or member of
the Police Department, fire fighter or Borough official, or
threaten him/her pr attempt to rescue any person so in custody.
Both New Jersey State Law and Glen Rock Borough Ordinances have
sections pertaining to excessive noise and disorderly conduct.
These laws vary greatly depending upon the time of day or nature of
the conduct. However,
when a complaint of excessive noise is received a Police Officer
is dispatched to investigate. Complaints that are substantiated
will be acted upon. If
persons, including those on private property, persist in
disturbing others enforcement action will be taken where
of these ordinances are not considered a criminal offense, however
they have the force of law and such violations can result in fines
being imposes by the Municipal Court.
In the case of persons under the age of 18, a violation of
these ordinances would be considered an act of Juvenile
and/or Zoning Disputes
These types of
matters include, but are not limited to, property maintenance,
placement of sheds and fences, building permits, swimming pools
and construction related issues. The Borough of Glen Rock
maintains a Code Enforcement Zoning and Engineering department which can assist you with
many of these issues. They can be contacted at (201) 670-3995.
The Police Department does not normally become involved in these types
of civil matters.
Drinking and the Law:
The drinking age in the United States is 21.
Under New Jersey
State Law a person less than 21 years of age may not purchase,
possess or consume alcoholic beverages in any public place. A
person under 18 who violates this law will be charged as a
juvenile delinquent. A
person 18 to 20 who violates this law will be charged as an adult
with a disorderly
persons offense. The
fine for an adult violating this law is not less than $500.00. If
the offense is committed in a motor vehicle a 6-month driver’s
license suspension will also be imposed.
Rock Borough Ordinance 154-6 extends this prohibition to private
property, including the offender’s own home.
A person violating this ordinance is subject to a fine of
$100 to $250 for the first offense and a fine of $350 for any
subsequent offense. In
addition, the court may suspend or postpone for 6 months the
offenders driving privileges.
responsible citizen you should be aware of the laws that apply to
adults who provide or serve alcohol to minors:
Jersey Statute 2C:33-17 makes it a disorderly persons offense
to offer, serve or make alcohol available to minors.
It is also a criminal offense to entice or encourage a
minor to drink alcohol. The
law states that a minor may only consume an alcoholic beverage in
the presence of and with the permission of the child’s parent or
legal guardian, or during a religious observance.
The penalty for this is a fine up to $1000 and up to 180
days in jail.
though there is an exception for parents, you should be aware that
serving or providing intoxicating substances to a minor may also
be prosecuted under other criminal statutes, for example, child endangerment (such
as cases where the underage drinker harms himself or another), which
can result in a State prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine
up to $150,000.
It is a
persons offense for any person to make property (such as
their house, apartment, business, motel room or any other place
owned, leased or managed) available to, or in the care of, another
person with the purpose that alcoholic beverages will be consumed
there by minors. The
penalty is a fine up to $1000 and up to 180 days in jail.
It is a
persons offense to sell an alcoholic beverage to a minor,
or to purchase an alcoholic beverage for an underage person.
The penalty is a fine up to $1000 and up to 180 days in
person who serves alcohol resulting in intoxication is also civilly
liable for injuries caused by the intoxicated
all pledge ourselves to work together
and help to curb underage drinking in our community.
I want that person arrested!”
How many times have your heard that line in the movies?
However, in real life it is not that easy.
In most cases a Police Officer may have to witness a
particular offense in order to make an arrest or even issue a
summons for a traffic violation.
this does not mean that you are without recourse.
The State of New Jersey gives private citizens the right to
sign a complaint charging a violation of the law through the
Municipal Court in the jurisdiction where the offense is alleged
to have occurred.
order to sign a complaint charging any individual with a criminal
or disorderly persons offense you must first file a Police Report. After your have done so, you may obtain from the lobby of the
police station, or the Court Administrator, a citizen’s
complaint package that contains the appropriate affidavit.
Complete these forms and return them to the Municipal Court
Administrator during normal business hours in person.
Court Administrator requires that you make an appointment in
Glen Rock Municipal Court office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM,
Monday to Friday. The
phone number is (201) 670-3950.
review of these forms, the court will prepare a formal complaint
for you to sign under oath. Complaints
are only issued if the court determines that probable cause
exists. In some cases
you may have to appear before the Judge, in court, and give formal
testimony to establish probable cause to the satisfaction of the
the case of a Borough Ordinance, Motor Vehicle or Parking
you do not have to complete an affidavit.
However, you still must appear before the Municipal Court
Administrator, during business hours, to sign a complaint under
a police report does not constitute a formal
complaint with the court. In
most cases a Police Officer may have to witness a particular
offense in order to make an arrest.
Should the officer not witness the offense, the person
making the allegation must sign the complaint.
defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court
of law. As the
complainant, you must be prepared to prove your case in court.
recommended, but not required, that you consult your attorney
before signing any complaints.
vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
If you wish to sign a complaint for an offense that
occurred in another town, contact the court in that town an ask
what their procedures are.
Phone Calls Procedures:
New Jersey law provides that a
person commits a petty disorderly persons offense
if, with purpose to harass another he/she makes or causes to be
made a communication or communications anonymously or at
extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language
or manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm.
Conviction subjects a person to a maximum fine of $500
and/or imprisonment of up to 30 days.
If you are receiving calls of this nature, police
assistance can be requested.
However, in order for the Glen Rock Police
Department to become involved, you must be willing to sign a
criminal complaint charging an individual with harassment and
testify in court if necessary.
Complaints cannot be filed based on caller ID
information or the *69 option. If you wish to
pursue a harassing phone call complaint the following procedures
must be followed within a 30-day period:
After receiving a harassing
call you must depress and release the phone receiver button.
When a dial tone is heard, press *57
(or from a rotary phone, dial
must be done each time you want to trace a call.
You should wait to hear a
confirmation announcement stating whether or not the call trace
was successful. The information traced will be maintained by the
Phone Company for 90 days, but
will not be released to you.
In order to substantiate a
complaint of harassment it is most often necessary for three or
more calls to be traced within a 30-day period.
After following the above
procedures you need to file a report with this department
detailing the dates and times of the traced calls.
Ask the officer taking the report to provide you with the
event number assigned to your report.
Then you must then call Verizon
at (800) 518-5507, provide them with the event number and
authorize the Phone Company to mail the trace records the Glen
Rock Police Department Detective
Bureau. Once the
Detective Bureau receives this information, a Detective will
call you to discuss pursuing the matter further.
If you subscribe to a phone service other than Verizon
you must contact your carrier for information on how to obtain
any call trace data which may have been recorded.
For wireless phone subscribers this information is often
made to you available through online options.
Please contact your service provider for further
or unwanted telemarketing calls are not
a police matter and we cannot become involved.
Please contact the Phone Company (Verizon) at (800)
518-5507 for information on dealing with these issues.