TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed legislation creating a police licensing system in New Jersey, making the Garden State the 47th in the country to allow for the licensing of police officers and the decertification of those who abuse the badge.
The $6 million program will create uniform statewide standards for hiring and firing police. Under the new law, officers are required to pass a psychological examination and continue to take training courses throughout their career to remain licensed. They would also be prohibited from joining groups that advocate for “the violent overthrow of the government or for discrimination” against protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
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