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Comptroller: State Police Complying with Standards

The acting state comptroller released the third in its series of reviews Tuesday showing that the NJ State Police is complying with standards that ensure vehicle stops are conducted without regard to race.

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Racial profiling cases that came to light in New Jersey in the 1990s led to a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that was designed to eliminate discriminatory practices by the State Police. The consent decree has been lifted, but the state is still required to review NJSP professional standards.

“We thank the State Police for their cooperation with our review,” Acting State Comptroller Marc Larkins said in a statement. “This report, along with OLEPS’ (Office of Law Enforcement Professional Standards ) reports, highlights the continued efforts of the State Police to ensure conformity with professional policing standards.”

In general, the report found that the state troopers are properly documenting motor vehicle stops and making sure their bosses are reviewing troopers’ actions, while at the same time looking for patterns of problematic behavior that could be addressed.

The comptroller’s review did come with some recommendations. The review suggested that supervisors work to carefully spot mistakes in motor-vehicle stop procedures and provide extra training when needed. Proper forms should filed for every stop and NJSP should work to solve technical problems that sometimes interfere with audio and video recordings of all stops.

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