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  • NJ A1663
  • Requires DLPS to establish and make available to law enforcement agencies cultural diversity training materials and online tutorial.*
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(4/4/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
Passed
(8/1/2016)
Signed
(8/9/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires each county and municipal law enforcement department to develop and adopt a cultural diversity training course that includes instruction and exercises designed to promote positive interaction with the racial, ethnic, and religious communities within each department's respective jurisdiction. The training course also is to include instruction and exercises designed to promote positive interaction with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals residing within each department's respective jurisdiction. Each municipal and county law enforcement officer is required to participate in the course as part of in-service training. The bill requires that the course curriculum include a tutorial on: (1) the various cultural communities and the effects of diversity on community relations within each law enforcement department's jurisdiction; (2) appropriate methods by which an officer may interact with people of various cultures and religions in the community, with an emphasis on officer safety skills and conflict resolution techniques; (3) best practices in law enforcement techniques when analyzing and solving local neighborhood problems, meeting with community groups, and working with citizens on crime prevention programs; (4) the impact that police diversity skills have on overall law enforcement effectiveness; and (5) the community's perception of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups with specific attention to local stereotypes and cultural assumptions that negatively impact public safety. In addition, the bill requires the chief law enforcement officer of each county and municipal law enforcement department to develop and adopt a cultural diversity action plan. The plan is to include strategies for outreach programs that address the social and criminal concerns of the community, as well as efforts taken on behalf of the department in forming partnerships with various cultural, religious, and civic organizations, including organizations formed on the basis of preventing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The plan is to emphasize positive relationships between the police and various community groups that encourage a willingness to collaborate in identifying community safety issues and establishing innovative strategies designed to create safe and stable neighborhoods. The bill requires each county and municipal police department to submit the plan, along with the training course curriculum, to the Attorney General within one year of the bill's effective date and at least once every three years thereafter. Under the bill, the Attorney General may periodically assess the plans to determine whether each department is meeting its goals in providing a cultural diversity education course and formulating a cultural diversity action plan.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Gov Recommendations, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Gov/Recommendations, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Approved P.L.2016, c.23.  (on 8/9/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/9/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.23.
8/1/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading - Concur. w/Gov's Recom.
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (65-12-1)
6/23/2016 A 2nd Reading in the Assembly on Concur. w/Gov.'s Recommend.
6/23/2016 A First Reading/Governor Recommendations Only
6/23/2016 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
5/9/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (24-16)
5/9/2016 S Substituted for S1142 (1R)
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (48-25-0)
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/4/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 2/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 8/1/2016 Senate Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 38 0 2
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 65 12 3
Detail 5/9/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 24 16 0
Detail 5/9/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1142 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 48 25 7
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 6 3 2
Detail 2/4/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 2 0