Police Accountability Project
The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) has responded to recent calls for change to the business-as-usual approach to policing and police accountability by launching its new Police Accountability Project.
Using its broad authority over the Executive Branch, OSC will be an independent and objective check on State and local law enforcement, adding a layer of transparency and accountability, and identifying any gaps in oversight so that they can be remedied.
The Police Accountability Project is working to detect waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in law enforcement agencies. The Project’s mission is to uncover systemic issues in policing that open the State up to civil liability, and therefore significant amounts of taxpayer funds when policing goes wrong. The Project will review and report to the general public on how taxpayer funds are used for policing so taxpayers can understand what public safety services they are actually paying for. And the Project will identify areas where there are wasteful inefficiencies, or where funds may be lacking to fully implement police reform efforts and realize the stated goals of legislation and directives.
Jane Schuster – Senior Advisor
Jane Schuster joined the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) in November 2021 as Senior Advisor for Police Accountability.
Jane joins OSC from the Attorney General ’s (AG ’s) Office, where she became a subject-matter expert on the legality and propriety of police encounters, internal affairs and disciplinary processes, and various aspects of police training. During her nine years at the AG ’s Office, Jane first served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice prosecuting criminal appeals, including eight matters in the New Jersey Supreme Court that involved the constitutionality of police encounters. Jane next served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Division of Law's Appellate Practice Group, overseeing all aspects of the approximately 1,700 state and federal court civil appellate matters handled each year by the Division. Jane also brings experience teaching search & seizure law to police and prosecutors, advising the Office of Law Enforcement and Professional Standards on certain Miranda issues, working as a staffer on a legislative study commission on violence, co-chairing the Education-Law Enforcement Working Group, and working on initiatives surrounding police training on mental health and crisis intervention training. Most recently, Jane worked closely with the State Solicitor, successfully litigating the legality of the Major Discipline Directive and the Immigrant Trust Directive. Jane brings to OSC a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding policing and police reform efforts, and a commitment to justice, fairness, and transparency.
Jane previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helen E. Hoens, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She then joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where she handled all aspects of complex litigation and maintained a significant pro bono practice.
Jane received her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a Bachelors in Fine Arts with Honors from NYU ’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Educational Theater from NYU ’s Steinhardt School of Education.
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