AG Guidelines

AG Guidelines


  • Alcotest
8/27/09 – Installation of dedicated telephone line for the testing of Alcotestdeadline 9/25/09 View announcement pdf
Alternate Care for Arrestee’s Dependents Model Policy (Updated December 1993)

Attorney General’s Guidelines for Forfeiture (Updated October 1992)
Guidelines Regarding the “Substantially Identical” Provision in the State’s Assault Firearms Laws (Updated August 1996)

Bias Incident Investigation Standards (Updated 2019) pdf

  • Brimage Guidelines 2
Brimage Guidelines 2 Revised Attorney General Guidelines for Negotiating Cases Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-12 Revised 2004, Effective for Offenses Committed on or after September 15, 2004

  • Conducted Energy Devices
See Below – Use of Force – Conducted Energy Devices (Stun-Guns)

Attorney General Standards to Ensure the Rights of Crime Victims (Updated April 1993)

Promoting Diversity in Law Enforcement Recruiting and Hiring
Appendix A – Agency Reporting Form .xlsx
  • Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Procedure Manual Update 2022

  • Drug Court
Implementation of Drug Court Reforms (August 13, 2012)
Attorney General’s Executive Directive Concerning Law Enforcement Operations On Or Near School Property (Updated August 1988)

  • DWI Enforcement
  • John’s Law” — Potential Liability Warning and Mandatory 12-Hour Impoundment of Motor Vehicles
  • Prosecution of DWI and Refusal Violations – These Guidelines replace all previously issued memoranda from the Division of Criminal Justice or the Attorney General, regarding the Standard (Refusal) Statements for DWI refusal, CDL/DWI refusal and OVWI refusal. Date Issued** January 24, 2005
  • Penalty Table — ** SENTENCES & PENALTIES SELECTED MV OFFENSES updated 2005
  • DMV Standard Refusal Statements — DMV Standard Refusal Statements-Revised Effective **April 26, 2004–for Operators of Motor Vehicles.

Law Enforcement Drug Testing Policy – Revised February, 2023
  • Elections
Election Guidance to NJ Law Enforcement (October  27, 2023)
Updated Guidance on Law Enforcement Involvement in Election Activities and Protections Against Unlawful Voter Intimidation (October 27, 2022)
Election Guidance to NJ Law Enforcement (February 18, 2020)
Election Guidance to NJ Law Enforcement (October 16, 2020)
Election Guidance to NJ Law Enforcement (October 20, 2021)
  • Eyewitness ID Guidelines

Semi-Annual Firearms Qualification and Requalification Standards for New Jersey Law Enforcement

Guidelines Regarding Reasonably Necessary Deviations in the Course of Travel Exception for Transporting Firearms Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6g.Semi-Annual Firearms Qualification and Requalification Standards for New Jersey Law Enforcement (Revised May 2003 & Effective January 1, 2004)

Deciding to Apply for a Waiver of Forfeiture of Public Office – Guidelines with Criteria

State of New Jersey-Forfeiture Program Administration Standard Operating Procedure


Attorney General Prohibits Municipal Court Plea Offers to “No Point” Violations for Graduated Drivers Licenses. pdf
Grand Jury SOPs – presenting fatal police encounters

Attorney General Directive to Ensure Uniform Enforcement of the “Graves Act” (October 23, 2008, amended November 25, 2008)

  • HIV Charging
Guidance Regarding N.J.S.A. 2C:34-5(b) in Light of Advancements in Treatment for HIV/AIDS
Homicide and Sudden Death Survivor Guidelines (Updated July 1985)
  • Immigration
AG Directives 2007-3 — Guidelines to establish the manner in which local, county, and State law enforcement agencies and officers shall interact with federal immigration authorities.
Guidelines on the collections, handling, storage and dissemination of Intelligence in New Jersey. pdf
  • Internal Affairs
Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures (Revised, November 2022)
  • Insurance Fraud Laws
Implementation Insurance Fraud Laws, effective June 9, 2004 N.J.S.A. 39:3-29 & 3-29 & 39:3-29.1a – Warrant of Impoundment pdf
  • Juvenile Matters

K-9 Training Standards and Qualification Requirements for New Jersey Law Enforcement ***(Updated July 2002) pdf
  • Law Enforcement
LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPUTERS— Shared Municipal and Police Computer Systems (ADDED SEPTEMBER 2000) pdf
  Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-277 (H.R. 218)
  Notice to Law Enforcement Concerning New Unlawful Eviction Law – July 20, 2009
Mandatory In-Service Law Enforcement Training: Revised 4/00 pdf
Marijuana Decriminalization and Cannabis Legalization Interim Guidance Regarding Marijuana Decriminalization
This document provides guidance to law enforcement officers regarding new enforcement requirements pursuant to the marijuana decriminalization law.
  • Medical Marijuana and Marijuana
Medical Marijuana Enforcement Guidelines for Police, (with Attorney General memo) — December 6, 2012

Medical Marijuana Enforcement Quick Overview — December 6, 2012

Memorandum of Guidance Regarding Municipal Prosecutors’ Discretion in Prosecuting Marijuana and Other Criminal Offenses — August 29, 2018
Policy of the Attorney General Regarding Missing and Unidentified Persons Investigations (Updated December 1987)

  • Municipal COVID-19 Guidance
Municipal COVID-19 Guidance pdf – 6/16/20
Guidance Regarding Municipal Prosecutors’ Discretion in Prosecuting COVID-19 Related Offenses

  • Model Rules and Regulations
Model Rules and Regulations pdf
Guidance on Off-Road and All-Terrain Vehicle Use on Public Lands and Public Roads
  • Overdose Prevention Act
Directive to Ensure Uniform Statewide Enforcement of the “Overdose Prevention Act” — June 25, 2013
  • Press and Protest Events
Guidance on Interactions Between Law Enforcement and Press at Public
4/20/21 pdf
  • Property and Evidence Function
The Property and Evidence Function
(October 1989) Booklet
  • Prosecutions of Public Officials
Prosecutions of Public Officials  5/31/07 pdf
  • Protocols for Pregnant Officers
Protocols for Pregnant Officers  8/25/22 pdf
  • Records of Police Departments

Executive Order No. 11 (Updated November 1974)

Executive Order No. 69 (Updated March 1998)

  • Search Warrants


DIRECTIVE No. 2002-2–Memo and Form — “Search Warrant Application Form” pdf — August 23, 2002

  • Sexual Assault Plea Negotiations
5/29/14 – AG’s Uniform Plea Negotiation Guidelines to Implement the Jessica Lunsford Act, P.L. 2014, c. 7 (Assembly Bill No. 892)
Sexual Assault Victims – Attorney General Standards for Providing Services to Victims of Sexual Assault (3rd Ed. November 2018) pdf
Attorney General Guidelines — Prosecution of Shoplifting Offenses — (ADDED JANUARY 2001)
INTERIM POLICY STATEMENT of the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey County Prosecutors’ Association regarding Electronic Recordation of Stationhouse Confessions — Please see Directive 2006-2 for update >>

Memorialization of Electronic Recordation of Custodial Interrogation of Suspect in Custodial Station House Setting Download PDF form >>
Attorney General’s Strip Search and Body Cavity Search Requirements and Procedures for Police Officers (Updated June 1995)
  • Use of Force

2020 – AG Guidance on Chokeholds and Neck Restraints

AG’s List of Approved Less Lethal Ammunition and CEDs December 2022

New Jersey Police Vehicular Pursuit Policy pdf
Superseded Documents

The following documents have been superseded or rescinded by more recent Attorney General Directives or Policies and are no longer in effect.

2001 – Use of Force Policy
*** (Revised JUNE 2000)
*** (New Model Report included as of JULY 2001)
2015 Police Use of Deadly Force Policy

Conducted Energy Devices (Stun Guns):

Less-Lethal Ammunition

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