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
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2021 Office of The Attorney General - Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General For Further Information: Media Inquiries- Steven Barnes 609-292-4791 Citizen Inquiries- 609-984-5828 This was the right verdict. But as a career prosecutor, I...
AG Grewal Issues Directive Instructing Prosecutors to Waive Mandatory Minimum Prison Terms for Non-Violent Drug Offenses
Directive Acts on 2019 Recommendation of Governor Murphy’s Sentencing Commission,Effectively Ending Mandatory Minimums in New Jersey for Non-Violent Drug CrimesFor Immediate Release: April 19, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney GeneralFor...
Members of the Public Invited to Test, Provide Feedback on Policing Accountability ProjectFor Immediate Release: April 6, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney GeneralOffice of Public Integrity and Accountability- Thomas J. Eicher,...
Sweeping New Rules Place Strict Limits on Use of Force, Establish New Framework for Civilian Interactions; Will Apply to All 38,000 Officers in New JerseyFor Immediate Release: December 21, 2020 Office of The Attorney General- Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney GeneralOffice...
“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
2020 – AG Guidance on Chokeholds
and Neck Restraints
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.