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Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Community Listening Session on Use of Force



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Director of Police 


Updated Friday, July 17, 2020


Dear New Brunswick Residents:

In response to recent events, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has begun an initiative to revise the State of New Jersey’s Use of Force Policy, currently defined in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines. The State’s current Use of Force Policy was last revised in June 2000. A key component to effective change includes input from the community, and as such, the Attorney General has instructed each County Prosecutor to host a Community Listening Session where the concerns, ideas and input from the community will be received in order to effectively guide proposed revisions.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone has scheduled our County’s "Community Listening Session" for July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This session will be held virtually and more detailed instructions are available in the attached flyer from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. In order to make the "Community Listening Session" as productive as possible, the State’s current Use of Force Policy is attached for your review and consideration, along with a PowerPoint presentation created by the Attorney General’s Office that highlights the Use of Force Policy revision process. Prosecutor Ciccone and I hope you find these documents helpful in preparation for July 30th’s "Community Listening Session." Any questions and/or recommendations you may have regarding the current policy and ideas for revisions should be submitted to: useofforce2020@co.middlesex.nj.us. Your input prior to the July 30 listening session is greatly appreciated.

Also attached for your review and information is the New Brunswick Police Department’s policy and procedure governing Use of Force. This policy has been vetted and approved under accreditation standards. The policy is accessible at the following link: https://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/residents/public_safety/police/policies_and_procedures.php

The New Brunswick Police Department has been a State Accredited law enforcement agency under the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police since 2013. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to assess and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of over 100 standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.  Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement and demonstrates a police department’s commitment to the best practices in law enforcement.

On behalf of Prosecutor Ciccone, we hope that you will participate in the "Middlesex County Community Listening Session" scheduled for July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm, and we welcome your commitment and collaboration in an effort to foster systemic and sustainable change in the Use of Force Policy for law enforcement in New Jersey.

Director Anthony A. Caputo


Attorney General's Use of Force Policy

Attoreny Generals Use of Force Powerpoint

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Community Listening Session on Use of Force Flyer