Advisory Committee on Police Standards - Public Hearings

By Executive Order dated August 23, 2006, Governor Jon S. Corzine established the Advisory Committee on Police Standards – a 20-member body charged with recommending whether, and under what circumstances, the State of New Jersey should join with the United States Department of Justice in filing a motion to terminate the consent decree concerning the practice of racial profiling by New Jersey State Police.  The Advisory Committee is also to examine issues related to local law enforcement.  As part of this inquiry, the Advisory Committee has held three public hearings, and plans to hold one additional hearing.  The Advisory Committee will also receive written comments and testimony until November 28, 2006.

The Advisory Committee’s next public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.  The Museum is located at 205 West State Street near the intersection of Calhoun and West State Streets, in the same block as the State Capitol building. Free parking is available in the surface lot behind the State House.  Nearby public transportation is available via NJ Transit bus 606 or 609 from the Trenton train station.

During this public hearing, academic and professional experts, minority law enforcement organizations, victims and advocates for victims of racial profiling, and community representatives will present testimony related to State and Municipal Police organizations.  There will be a public comment session from approximately 4:45 to 7:00 PM, during which any member of the public may testify before the Committee.  Members of the public wishing to testify may sign up at the hearing or in advance via the website listed below. 

Comments, proposed testimony and requests to testify may be submitted in writing, via the Advisory Committee’s website ( or via mail to the Office of the Governor, Attn: Advisory Committee on Police Standards, P.O. Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625.