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Schaer, Prieto & Sumter Propose Diversity Training for Law Enforcement throughout NJ in Response to Nationwide Events
Bill Takes Proactive Approach to Engage Communities, Build Cultural AwarenessAssembly Budget Chair Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter will introduce legislation this week to better prepare all local and county law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey to handle racial, ethnic and religious diversities within their respective communities.
The bill would require each county and municipal law enforcement department to develop and adopt a cultural diversity training course that includes instruction and exercises designed to focus on the needs of the racial, ethnic, and religious communities within each department's respective jurisdiction. Each municipal and county law enforcement officer would be required to participate in the course as part of in-service training.
Wimberly, Singleton, Sumter & Jimenez Introduce Bill to Allow National Guard & Reserve Members Second Chance at Law Enforcement, Firefighter Jobs
Military Residents Who Have Passed the Civil Service Exam but Deployment Postponed the Fulfilling of Remaining Employment Requirements(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Troy Singleton, Shavonda E. Sumter and Angelica Jimenez recently introduced legislation to offer a second opportunity at employment to a member of the National Guard or the Reserves who could not accept a position as a police officer or firefighter because of service to the nation.
"Active duty assignments often derail plans for reserve and guard members who apply to join the police or fire department," said Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic). "When they are not fulfilling the part-time obligations of the reserves and the guard, we could use them here on our front lines as first responders."
Democratic Bill to Ban Production, Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in N.J. Now LawSponsors Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Eliminating Microbeads from Personal Products
A bill Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace, Linda Stender, Marlene Caride and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads is now law.
"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), noting that some companies have begun to phase out the use of microbeads voluntarily. "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."