Current Law Prohibits Release of LEO Personal Info

In the wake of violence and social media threats against law enforcement officers the State PBA has been asked for information regarding preventing the release and posting of personal information, addresses and phone numbers of officers.  Please be aware that existing New Jersey Law already prohibits disclosing, circulating, publishing or posting on the Internet the home address or unpublished home telephone number of any retired law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or spouse or child of a law enforcement officer.  The Law, P.L. 2015, c. 226, makes it up to a 3rddegree crime and it applies to any private citizen, governmental entity, business or association that discloses an officers personal information.  An officer whose personal information is posted online can seek damages under the law in Superior Court as well. 

A copy of the law can be found here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL15/226_.PDF

Any active or retired officer whose rights are violated by the release of their personal information should immediately seek to protect themselves under the law and press charges when appropriate in order to protect themselves and their families from harassment.  Please stay safe.