In December 2019, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal launched the Excellence in Policing initiative, a sweeping set of policing reforms designed to promote the culture of professionalism, accountability, and transparency that are hallmarks of New Jersey’s best law enforcement agencies. In June 2020, Attorney General Grewal announced the next phase of the initiative, including plans to revise the state’s “Use of Force Policy” for the first time in two decades.
The Use of Force Policy, which can be found at this link: https://www.nj.gov/oag/dcj/agguide/useofforce2001.pdf is a policy that applies to all 36,000 state, county, and local law enforcement officers in New Jersey, outlines when an officer may—and may not—use force against a civilian. As part of the revision process, the Attorney General is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders, including police officers, civil rights organizations, religious leaders, victims’ advocates, youth groups, and community members. To facilitate this effort, the Attorney General is partnering with the state’s County Prosecutors to host listening sessions this summer in all twenty-one of New Jersey’s counties.
In advance of the listening session in Salem County, the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office, is asking our community members to complete the below survey. Thank you for your time in completing this survey.