Fair and Welcoming Communities Coalition of Somerset County

NJOAG Use Of Force Data Dashboard

On April 6 New Jersey made data available to the public on every use of physical force by police officers statewide. This is the culmination of more than two years of work overseen by the state Attorney General’s Office. The interactive portal and data are viewable and downloadable from the Internet.

This new data has roots in “The Force Report,” a 2018 NJ Advance Media investigation that covers the period of 2012-2016. During this time, documentation of Use of Force (UOF) by the police was not recorded as effectively and the information was not entirely accurate. Under current policy within 24 hours of an incident all NJ law enforcement officers are required to submit detailed information about every UOF they perform or witness onto a new online form.

Other significant statewide policing reforms implemented by the state Attorney General’s Office include:

  • Establishing a mandatory 10-step process for conducting independent criminal investigations involving any serious UOF or death-in-custody incident in New Jersey.
  • Requiring that all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies create and maintain an “early warning system” to identify at-risk officers and provide remedial services before their conduct escalates.
  • Overhauling the statewide protocols for the internal disciplinary process for police departments, imposing new oversight and ensuring thorough investigations on faster timelines.
  • Issuing a series of new directives designed to strengthen trust between law enforcement officers and historically marginalized communities, including immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, at-risk juveniles, and victims of sexual assault.


4/06 Call NJ County Officials to tell them to #ReleaseAllDetainees

Today, we are calling on NJ county officials to do everything in their power to release all detainees and incarcerated because they are at risk of COVID19 outbreak.  We are building on the efforts to #FreeThemAll and calling on NJ county officials to demand they release all detainees.  Please call, tweet, and email these officials at njimmigrantjustice.org/releaseall or see their contact information listed below with the call script.

Bergen County:
Sheriff Anthony Cureton, 201-336-3500Email: [email protected]  Twitter: @BergenCountySo

Essex County:County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., 973-621-4400 Email [email protected] Twitter: @Joe_D_EssexExec Essex County Freeholder Rufus I. Johnson 973-621-4483Email: [email protected]Twitter: @EssexFreeholder

Hudson County:County ExecutiveTom DeGise, 201-795-6000 (specify that you want to speak with Hudson County Executive’s Staff)Email:[email protected]Twitter: @TomDeGise

Call Script:
When you connect over the phone use the script below to guide your message:
Hi, my name is [NAME].I am calling to demand that you do everything in your power to make sure all people detained in your facility are released immediately. [for Bergen and Hudson only ] AND that you cease accepting any new detainees. New Jersey is located in the US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the country. Bergen County has the highest number of cases and fatalities in the state. Essex County has the second-highest number of cases and fatalities in the state, and Hudson county has the third-highest in the state. Conditions in county jails make it impossible to follow social distancing protocols, as medical experts recommend and the governor’s Executive Order 107 requires. _______ County needs to act now to ensure the safety and well-being of all people in the county, especially those currently detained and incarcerated in its county jail. Acting now to release all those in custody will curb the spread of COVID-19 both within and outside of county facilities, and help make New Jersey safer for all. 

En EspañolHola, me llamo [NOMBRE].Estoy llamando para exigir que usted haga todo lo posible para asegurar la liberación inmediata de todas las personas detenidas en su cárcel, [solo para los condados de Bergen y Hudson] y que deje de aceptar nuevos detenidos. Nueva Jersey se encuentra en el epicentro estadounidense de la pandemia de COVID-19, y ocupa el segundo lugar en número de casos confirmados en el país. El condado de Bergen tiene el mayor número de casos y muertes en el estado, y los condados de Hudson y Essex ocupan el segundo y tercer lugar respectivamente. Condiciones en las cárceles de los condados hacen imposible el cumplimiento con los protocolos de distanciamiento social tal y como los expertos médicos recomienden y el orden ejecutivo 107 del gobernador exige. El condado de _______ debe tomar acción inmediata para asegurar el bienestar de todas las personas en el condado, especialmente las que están detenidas en su cárcel. Actuar ahora para liberar a todos los detenidos frenará la propagación de COVID-19 tanto dentro como fuera de la cárcel, y ayudará a que Nueva Jersey sea más seguro para todos.


Please share the action with your network and tell them why its important to you.
Thank you for all you do! 
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

FWCC Group Meetings

We invite the community to join us at our scheduled meetings that are held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Somerset County Bridgewater Branch Library (North Bridge & Vogt Drive in Bridgewater, NJ).

[UPDATE: As of March our meetings will be held via teleconference rather than at the Bridgewater library. FWCC Somerset members will be emailed the connection information. If you are a new attendee email us at [email protected] for instructions on how to join our meetings. The list below only shows 2020 meetings through May. See our event calendar for meetings outside that range.]

  • 1/23/2020 in Meeting Room C
  • 2/20/2020 in Meeting Room C
  • 3/26/2020 Teleconference (7:30 PM)
  • 4/23/2020 Teleconference
  • 5/21/2020 CANCELLED