Court Ruling Upholds “Major Discipline Directives” Requiring Release of Police Disciplinary Records

October 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday the court ruled to uphold a directive requiring Law Enforcement Agencies to release disciplinary records. Read about the directive in previous article at link below. A link to the court opinion is also provided.

Read MidJersey.News story from June here: AG Grewal Issues Statewide Order Requiring Law Enforcement Agencies to Identify Officers Who Commit Serious Disciplinary Violations

VIEW COURT OPINION

Statement of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal Regarding Today’s Court Ruling Upholding “Major Discipline Directives” Requiring Release of Police Disciplinary Records:

“Today’s decision marks a new day for police transparency and accountability in New Jersey. As I’ve said all along, the vast majority of law enforcement officers do great work and adhere to the high standards we set for them. So when officers fall short, we need to take those infractions seriously and we need to be candid with the public. That’s why I ordered every single law enforcement agency in New Jersey to start publishing information about their officers who commit especially egregious violations by the end of this year. I am grateful that the Court today rejected the legal challenges brought against our efforts. It is time to stop protecting the few to the detriment of the many, and it is time to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

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