The ACLU-NJ works to hold police accountable through advocacy and investigation – and members of the public have a crucial role to play in conducting their own research into police conduct, especially open public records requests. This manual aims to help people ask the right questions, get complete answers and share information with other members of the public to bring greater accountability to the operations of police departments. Only when the public is free to ask questions and demand full answers can we hold our government accountable. The ACLU-NJ is proud to offer this guide to investigating local police departments.