About Internal Affairs The establishment of a meaningful internal affairs policy and procedure(s) are of extreme importance to everyone in law enforcement, as well as the citizens that law enforcement personnel are sworn to protect. Citizen confidence in the integrity of a police department is enhanced by the establishment of meaningful and effective complaint resolution procedures. Recognizing the key role played by officers assigned to the Internal Affairs function, it is important that the law enforcement community is properly prepared for the task. The Madison Police Department is committed to ensuring the fair and effective resolution of matters brought forward to us.
Citizen Rights for Internal Affairs Investigations
- Every law enforcement agency within the State of New Jersey must accept reports of police misconduct from any person at any time.
- Every law enforcement agency within the State of New Jersey must have a policy consistent with the Attorney General’s Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures, which provides that all citizen complaints involving police misconduct are readily accepted and fully and promptly investigated.
- A member of the public who feels that he/she has witnessed or been the victim of police misconduct has the right to file an internal-affairs complaint against the employee(s)-in-question.
- The police have a duty to fairly, objectively and thoroughly investigate all internal-affairs complaints.
- All persons filing internal-affairs complaints have the right to courteous, professional and fair treatment by the police.
- A member of the public has the right to lodge a complaint regardless of the hour or day of the week. If the complainant cannot come to police headquarters, the police must meet the complainant at his/her home, work or other mutually convenient location. In the event the complainant is unable for some reason to meet in person with the police, the internal affairs complaint can be made via telephone, U.S Mail or through email. Reasonable steps must be taken to accommodate a complainant who does not speak English.
- A member of the public has the right to make his/her complaint anonymously. He/she does not have to be an American citizen to do so and cannot be required to produce identification or be accompanied by a citizen before a complaint will be accepted. The police cannot report a person to federal immigration officials in retaliation for the filing of an internal-affairs complaint.
- A juvenile has the right to file an internal-affairs complaint, with or without the presence of a parent or guardian.
- A complainant has the right to be kept informed of the status of their complaint as well as the outcome of his/her complaint at the conclusion of the police investigation.
Each Police Department within Morris County, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, has formal procedures for investigating your internal affairs complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and police department employees.
- You may be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or provide other important information.
- All complaints against any/all employees are thoroughly investigated.
- You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
- If the investigation shows that a crime may have been committed, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will be notified.
- If the investigation results in an employee(s) being charged with a violation of department rules and regulations, you may be asked to testify in a departmental administrative hearing.
- If the investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the employee(s) acted properly, the matter will be closed.
- It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.
- You may contact the department/agency’s Professional Standards Unit with any additional information or any questions you have about the case.