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
Statement of Acting AG Bruck on the Statewide Release of Information Regarding Law Enforcement Officers Subject to Major Discipline
For Immediate Release: August 10, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Andrew J. Bruck, Acting Attorney GeneralFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Steven Barnes609-292-4791Citizen Inquiries-609-984-5828TRENTON - The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office today...
Acting AG Bruck Recognizes Correctional Police Officer Chad Ammerman as Inaugural “NJ Officer of the Week”
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Andrew J. Bruck, Acting Attorney GeneralFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-Steven Barnes609-292-4791Citizen Inquiries-609-984-5828TRENTON– Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today...
State-of-the-art online database presents one of the most comprehensive datasets in the country for traffic stop informationFor Immediate Release: July 8, 2021 Office of The Attorney General- Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney GeneralOffice of Law Enforcement Professional...
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...
“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.