The new state program will review New Jersey police reform efforts and promote further transparency in law enforcement, the New Jersey State Comptroller Office said in a statement Thursday.
The program, called the Police Accountability Project, will examine issues that expose the state to possible civil lawsuits that require taxpayers’ money to settle, the statement said.
“We are going to check whether the promised police reforms have been implemented and are working,” said Acting Comptroller Kevin D. Walsh. “As a watchman, [the comptroller’s office] has a crucial role to play in assessing whether the government is doing what it promises to do. ”
The project leader will be Jane Schuster, a police expert who has worked at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for nearly a decade, the statement said.
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The project will evaluate systems designed to detect and combat officer misconduct, assess whether training programs are in line with recent reforms, examine whether reforms aimed at eliminating bias are in place, and review how agencies are fulfilling their obligations to report officer misconduct. another.
“It’s important for New Jersey residents to understand how taxpayers’ dollars are spent when it comes to public safety, such as officer training and equipment – along with other important items such as employee benefits,” Walsh said.
The controller will also give recommendations to fix the problems, the report said.
The supervisor’s office said it encouraged members of the public or law enforcement to seek advice if they suspected extravagance, fraud or abuse at the facility.
Tipsters can complain about office website or call his confidential hotline at 855-OSC-TIPS.
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