The members of the Jefferson Twp. Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interest of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Jefferson Twp. Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint in accordance with Attorney General Guidelines. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement.
-Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer of a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct thorough and objective investigation.
-You may be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information.
-All complaints against law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
-If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the Morris County Prosecutors Office will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.
-If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.
-If our investigation reveals that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.
-All disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.
-It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true
Complaints of a minor or emergent nature should be forwarded to the officers immediate supervisor by calling 973-697-1300 or you may contact Internal Affairs Officer, Captain Eric Wilsusen directly at 973-208-6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As per attorney general guidelines, all reports of officer misconduct shall be accepted by this department from all persons who wish to file a complaint regardless of the hour or day of the week.