Rethinking Use of Force: New Jersey to Overhaul Police Data Tracking

December 7, 2018

By Craig McCarthy

New Jersey’s scattershot system for monitoring how often police officers use painful holds, punches, kicks and other types of force in the line of duty will get an overhaul following an NJ Advance Media investigation.

In a rare joint statement, New Jersey’s attorney general — along with local, county and state law enforcement officials as well as the heads of the Garden State’s major police unions — said they would be “working together to design a new system for obtaining use-of-force data in New Jersey.”

The announcement comes less than a week after the debut of The Force Report, a 16-month investigation by NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, which found major disparities in how police officers use force and who they use it against, as well as paltry oversight and no standard reporting practices.

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