After we exposed how cops can strike deals to keep their discipline hidden from future employers, New Jersey passed a law that demolishes those agreements and requires departments to share an officer’s internal files when they’re seeking a new job.
I convinced two state lawmakers to attend a public forum on police accountability in 2018. They later sponsored legislation that fixed problems we exposed.
Following our reporting on New Jersey’s lack of a police licensing standard, the state’s police training commission recommended licensing for cops.
New Jersey policymakers consider licensing police officers and implementing a pre-academy physical test for police recruits, following reporting by the USA Today Network.
A lawmaker was inspired to file a police accountability bill following our reporting.
The New Jersey Attorney General strengthened police oversight after two of our stories. We exposed how charges by a cop found to have lied ruined one man’s life and sent two men to jail. We also informed a prosecutor’s office a cop they fought to fire was still on the job – and charging citizens they were taking to court.
Breaking the news that a town agreed to two huge whistleblower settlements prompted an upset victory in the race for mayor.
Working with confidential sources was crucial to breaking an essential local story: a police captain was drunk and on drugs at the time of his fatal car crash.
A follow story the next day broke more news about the officer’s past.
This haunting daily marks the conclusion of a child abuse case, be sure to check out the enterprise piece that reveals how the boy slipped through systemic gaps.
Rather than reporting a blizzard from the office, this story is told through the eyes of those on the front lines.