Excellence in Policing
- Improving law enforcement training
- Overhauling the state’s Police Training Commission
- Promoting officer resiliency
- Identifying early warning signs for
- Ensuring independent investigations of officer-involved shootings
- Creating a more robust police disciplinary process
- Developing a proposal for police licensure
- Setting minimum standards for Civilian Review Boards
- Ensuring the public release of police use-of-force footage
- Creating systems for timely disclosure of
- Collecting and publishing statewide data on police
AG Platkin, Police Training Commission Propose New Rules Governing the Granting, Renewal and Revocation of Police Licenses
For Immediate Release: April 24, 2023 Office of the Attorney General- Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney GeneralOffice of Public Integrity and Accountability- Thomas J. Eicher, Executive DirectorFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Dan ProchiloOAGpress@njoag.govTRENTON...
Acting Attorney General Platkin Issues Updated Guidance on Law Enforcement Involvement in Election Activities and Protections Against Unlawful Voter Intimidation
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2022 Office of The Attorney General- Matthew J. Platkin, Acting Attorney GeneralDivision of Law- Michelle Miller, DirectorFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Lee MooreOAGpress@njoag.govView Guidance TRENTON – Acting Attorney...
Acting AG Bruck Seeks Public Input on the Proper Use of Facial Recognition Technology By Law Enforcement
For Immediate Release: January 14, 2022 Office of The Attorney General- Andrew J. Bruck, Acting Attorney GeneralFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Peter AseltineOAGpress@njoag.govTRENTON – Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the launch of an...
Acting AG Bruck Announces $165,000 in Grants for Community Policing Programs Focused on Young People
For Immediate Release: December 17, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Andrew J. Bruck, Acting Attorney GeneralFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Peter AseltineOAGpress@njoag.govTRENTON – Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced that the...
“Excellence in Policing” Policy Documents
Excellence in Policing Summary
Excellence in Policing Summary (spanish)
The Independent Prosecutor Directive
Use of Force Portal Training Video
Use of Force Reporting Portal FAQs
Use of Force Reporting Portal Guide
Use of Force Reporting Quick Guide
Use of Force Portal Ad-Hoc Reports Guide (posted February 1, 2022)
2020 – AG Guidance on Chokeholds
and Neck Restraints
Vehicle Pursuit Reporting Guide
Vehicle Pursuit Form Quick Guide
2020-6: LPS Disclosure of Major Discipline
2020-5: Major Discipline Directive
2019-4: Independent Prosecutor Directive
2019-5: Internal Affairs Directive
2020-Internal Affairs Policy & Procedures
2019-6: Statewide Brady-Giglio Directive
2019-7: Municipal Prosecutor Directive
2019-8: OPIA Directive
Letter Regarding Early Warning Systems
Letter Regarding Use-of-Force Portal
Letter to Police Training Commission
How New Jersey Conducts Independent Investigations into Police Use-of-Force and Death-in-Custody Incidents
There are few investigations more important—or more challenging—than those involving the use of force by law enforcement officers against civilians. In December 2019, Attorney General Grewal issued AG Directive 2019-4, known as the Independent Prosecutor Directive, to outline clear procedures governing such investigations and to ensure that they are done fully, fairly, and independently of any potential bias.
Broadly speaking, the Directive outlines a ten-step process for conducting independent investigations of use-of-force and death-in-custody incidents in compliance with State law. Although the precise timing will vary depending on the case, the first three steps generally occur simultaneously in the immediate aftermath of the incident, while the remaining steps unfold over the course of the investigation.