Police Recruiting Data Dashboard

Diversity in Police Recruiting

Police Recruiting Data Dashboard

In order to most effectively serve the communities of New Jersey, it is important for law enforcement agencies to strive for workforces that reflect the diversity of the jurisdictions they serve and that can effectively interact with all community members. With this need in mind, in October 2020 the Legislature passed a law requiring each law enforcement agency in New Jersey to annually report demographic information about officers serving and applying for employment or promotion. Under N.J.S.A. 52:17B-4.10 (the “Act”), each law enforcement agency in New Jersey is also required to establish a program designed to ensure every agency is “comprised of law enforcement officers who reflect the diversity of the population of the community the agency is charged with protecting.”

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The Attorney General Guidelines implementing the Act required each law enforcement agency to report de-identified demographic information for full-time sworn law enforcement officers (not including correctional police officers) annually to the Attorney General. The Act requires the publication of annual reports detailing the age, gender, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) of law enforcement officers currently appointed to an agency and those promoted within the agency in the preceding calendar year. Additionally, the Act also requires an annual report compiling the age, gender, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) of applicants, applicants appointed, and applicants denied for a law enforcement officer position in the preceding calendar year. In turn, the Attorney General is required to provide a report to the Governor, Legislature, and the public summarizing those reports.

The first reporting period for law enforcement demographic data covers the period of December 7, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Due to this shortened first reporting period, information on hiring or promotional practices are not included. These data elements will be added to this dashboard for the first full calendar year of reporting.

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In order to most effectively serve the communities of New Jersey, it is important for law enforcement agencies to strive for workforces that reflect the diversity of the jurisdictions they serve and that can effectively interact with all community members. With this need in mind, in October 2020 the Legislature passed a law requiring each law enforcement agency in New Jersey to annually report demographic information about officers serving and applying for employment or promotion. Under N.J.S.A. 52:17B-4.10 (the “Act”), each law enforcement agency in New Jersey is also required to establish a program designed to ensure every agency is “comprised of law enforcement officers who reflect the diversity of the population of the community the agency is charged with protecting.”

The Attorney General Guidelines implementing the Act required each law enforcement agency to report de-identified demographic information for full-time sworn law enforcement officers (not including correctional police officers) annually to the Attorney General. The Act requires the publication of annual reports detailing the age, gender, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) of law enforcement officers currently appointed to an agency and those promoted within the agency in the preceding calendar year. Additionally, the Act also requires an annual report compiling the age, gender, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) of applicants, applicants appointed, and applicants denied for a law enforcement officer position in the preceding calendar year. In turn, the Attorney General is required to provide a report to the Governor, Legislature, and the public summarizing those reports.

The first reporting period for law enforcement demographic data covers the period of December 7, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Due to this shortened first reporting period, information on hiring or promotional practices are not included.  These data elements will be added to this dashboard for the first full calendar year of reporting.