New Jersey has passed laws requiring body cameras to be worn by police officers and independent investigations of officer-involved deaths. Use-of-force guidelines were updated for the first time in decades under Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. But most advocates and even state leaders agree New Jersey is still far from the forefront of police reform.
“Let’s not let the perfect get in the way of the good,” said former state Attorney General Peter Harvey in an interview with NJ Spotlight News. “It’s better to do something,” said Harvey, who praised the attorney general’s office for consistency in police reforms, which he says are very necessary.
But Harvey says more work is needed and officers should be required to hold a license for policing — and to renew it they would have to meet certain educational criteria, including some form of cultural awareness, and have no violent background.