Over the course of my 20 years as an attorney, I have protected the rights of many domestic violence victims. I have always been very proud to be a lawyer in the state of New Jersey given the progressive nature our state legislature has in protecting victims. I’ve previously talked about new laws and initiatives in our state to help and protect victims.
And once again, at the end of 2012, New Jersey did not disappoint. Police officers in our state now have a new training resource from the Attorney General’s Office.
In 1991 the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, 1991 (provide link) was established. This piece of legislation mandates that every New Jersey police officer go through 4 hours of annual training in domestic violence.
And the new online program helps satisfies that requirement in a very cost-effective way by bringing the training program online.
Here is the problem: when training has to be live, there were severe scheduling problems. Police departments have officers employed 24 hours a day. If there are officers from day and night shift who need a particular training, they have to pay overtime to get them scheduled on days off. The new program is offered free to all police departments.