A bill co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) to require the New Jersey attorney general to collect and report use-of-force data electronically cleared the full state Assembly earlier today.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Bill A-4515 requires the AG to establish and implement an electronic data collection and reporting system through a secure portal for tracking incidents of use of force by law enforcement officers in this state.
The statewide legislation is also sponsored by Assemblywomen Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15) and Shavonda Sumter (D-35).
If the legislation is signed into law, the data collection and reporting system will be searchable by law enforcement agencies and members of the public alike, with the AG required to develop guidelines to ensure accurate and secure transmission, storage, scrubbing, and analysis of the data in the collection and reporting system.
Currently, the AG operates a pilot program in six municipalities with the database that was to be accessible to law enforcement by July 1st and to the public at a later date.
This legislation codifies the collection and reporting of police use of force occurrences statewide.
“With police use of force incidents coming to the forefront across the nation, we need to know where New Jersey stands in all of this,” the three bill sponsors said in a joint statement.
“Requiring the reporting and collection of data on these incidents will help us to take steps to reduce these incidents. We will be able to identify trends in the data and help communities and police foster better, more positive relations.”