NJ police departments must identify officers with serious disciplinary complaints

The disclosures, required within two months, will cover serious discipline in second half of 2020

Police departments across the state have two months to make public the names of officers who have been seriously disciplined. The directive from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal follows a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that gave his office the authority to make that mandate. The reports must include a summary of all complaints that led to serious discipline — including demotions, firings, or suspensions of more than five days — during the second half of 2020.

Commenting on the directive, Grewal said the “policy of blanket secrecy undermined public trust in law enforcement officers and public confidence in the system of police discipline.”

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