New Jersey to identify police officers who commit serious disciplinary violations

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says law enforcement must divulge the names of police officers who commit serious disciplinary violations, as protests and calls for reform in the wake of George Floyd's death continue around the country.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2020, 10:05 AM

Updated 1,396 days ago

Share:

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says law enforcement must divulge the names of police officers who commit serious disciplinary violations, as protests and calls for reform in the wake of George Floyd's death continue around the country.
PHOTOS: Protests from Around New Jersey
undefined
 
The state’s top law enforcement official said in a statement Monday the order would apply going forward to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies.
According to Grewal, agencies must publicly identify officers who were fired, demoted or suspended for more than five days because of a disciplinary violation.
Officers will be notified before the release of their names. The first lists must be published by Dec. 31.
Initially, identities were only released if the officers faced criminal charges, but that's changing for both the future and the past.
The names of troopers disciplined in about 430 cases going back to the year 2000, as well as violations from officers suspended from the state Division of Criminal Justice and the Juvenile Justice Commission, are set to be published next month.
Gov. Phil Murphy says the new directive is a step forward for transparency.
"These cases should not be left as just a passing synopsis in the back of an annual report,” says Gov. Murphy. “They deserve to be seen to be out in the open."
But not everyone is in favor of the new policy. State PBA President Patrick Colligan says it does not treat all officers equally and that he has directed legal counsel for the PBA to review the policy.
The disclosure comes the same month Grewal said he would overhaul guidelines governing how officers use force for the first time in 20 years.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.
 


More from News 12
2:39
Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

2:05
Rainy weather mostly clears out overnight, windy weather remains

Rainy weather mostly clears out overnight, windy weather remains

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

0:51
IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

2:27
Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

0:22
Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

0:56
Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

0:18
Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

0:20
Newark officials postpone plans for overnight curfew for minors

Newark officials postpone plans for overnight curfew for minors

1:52
New York Red Bulls to hold annual Autism Acceptance match for families with autism

New York Red Bulls to hold annual Autism Acceptance match for families with autism

1:59
Fire destroys iconic restaurant DP’s Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield

Fire destroys iconic restaurant DP’s Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield

0:29
Officials: More than 70 lab mice at Seton Hall euthanized due to neglect

Officials: More than 70 lab mice at Seton Hall euthanized due to neglect

1:52
It's been 1 week since a 4.8 earthquake rocked New Jersey. Here's what to know about quakes in the state.

It's been 1 week since a 4.8 earthquake rocked New Jersey. Here's what to know about quakes in the state.

0:17
Authorities: Dead humpback whale that washed up on Long Beach Island had head and neck injuries

Authorities: Dead humpback whale that washed up on Long Beach Island had head and neck injuries

0:23
Police: 43-year-old man killed in crash on Route 80 in Fairfield

Police: 43-year-old man killed in crash on Route 80 in Fairfield

0:20
Authorities: 7 people displaced by fire at multifamily home in Jersey City

Authorities: 7 people displaced by fire at multifamily home in Jersey City

0:30
Police: 2 teens arrested for breaking into Montclair home and stealing car

Police: 2 teens arrested for breaking into Montclair home and stealing car

0:18
Police: Multiple bear sightings reported in Park Ridge

Police: Multiple bear sightings reported in Park Ridge

0:21
Police: 2 suspects wanted for armed robbery in Bayonne

Police: 2 suspects wanted for armed robbery in Bayonne

0:16
Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed teen in South River

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed teen in South River