Internal Affairs Complaints
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office will accept any reports of any misconduct on the part of law enforcement representatives from any agency in Cumberland County, including our own. Investigations may be administrative or criminal depending on the nature of the complaint. All police agencies are required by state law to maintain an Internal Affairs function. Administrative investigations are handled by the municipal department. Criminal investigations are conducted under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, namely the Professional Standards Unit (PSU).
NJ Attorney General’s Citizen Complaint Checklist (Click to Enlarge)
Compliance with requirement 10 of the Attorney General’s Internal Affairs policy and procedure requires that each agency must release reports to the public summarizing allegations received and the conclusions of the subsequent investigations. The summaries of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Investigations are below:
To file an internal affairs complaint with the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), contact the PSU at 856-453-0486.
It is not required that you provide your full name.
The 4 A’s of Internal Affairs
1. ANYONE – Any individual must be permitted to file an Internal Affairs complaint. It can be a victim, a friend of the victim, a parent, a juvenile (with or without parents), an illegal alien (we are not permitted to ask about immigration status) or it can be anonymous. ANYONE means ANYONE.
2. ANY WAY – An Internal Affairs complaint can be filed in ANY WAY. It could be filed by phone, by letter, written on a napkin, in person… Whatever is best for the person filing. We cannot make someone show up in person or swear the statement to initiate the complaint process.
3. ANY TIME – A complaint must be taken regardless of the hour or day of the week. At no time should a complaint be told to return later, even if the IA officer is unavailable. ANY law enforcement officer or civilian employee must take a complaint.
4. ANYTHING – As long as a complaint has sufficient factual information, the complaint must be investigated. It is predicated upon the victim’s view of the situation.
* * * LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST AVOID ANY LANGUAGE THAT IS DESIGNED TO DISSUADE SOMEBODY FROM FILING A COMPLAINT.