MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Montclair, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.
The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data includes detailed incident reports — more than 5,500 total impacting 3,677 people — of every closed case in which a state, county or municipal law enforcement officer allegedly used force against a civilian, according to the AG office.
Statewide throughout the five-month period, Black subjects were 53% more likely than white subjects to be involved in a police force case. But more than three-quarters of all subjects were unlikely to be injured during their respective incident.
According to a local breakdown of the New Jersey data, the Newark Police Department reported the most use-of-force cases (309) among state law enforcement agencies. Montclair Police Department reported 18 cases comprising 15% of the total force, while Essex County Sheriff's Department reported 15 cases from October through February.
Grewal is encouraging New Jersey residents to review the dashboard and provide feedback using a short survey before an updated version debuts in the coming months.
“We are committed to making New Jersey a national leader on policing reform, and our Use of Force Dashboard is a central piece of that effort,” Grewal said in an April 6 statement. “That’s why we’re so eager to get public feedback."
The effort coincides with a December overhaul to the state's Use of Force Policy, limiting force techniques and mandating all state law enforcement to participate in de-escalation training.