William F. Craig
Chief of Police


1033 Weldon Rd
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

973 697 1300 Police HQ
973 697 7230 Main Fax

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Jefferson Twp. Police Department
 
Citizen Complaint Information

 

The members of the Jefferson Township Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied.  It is in the best interest of everyone involved that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer or employee is fairly and promptly resolved.  The Jefferson Township Police Department has formal procedures in place for investigating your complaint in accordance with Attorney General Guidelines.  These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement officers/employees.

  • Your complaint will be sent to a specially trained Internal Affairs officer, who will conduct a 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/employees are thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
  • If our investigation results in an officer/employee being charged with a violation of department rules and regulations, you may be asked to testify at a departmental hearing.
  • If our investigation reveals that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer/employee acted properly, the matter will be closed.
  • All disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer/employee requests an open hearing.
  • It is unlawful to knowingly provide untrue or inaccurate information in any Internal Affairs matter.

 

Complaints, whether minor or emergency in nature, can be taken by any officer in the department, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You are encouraged to make your report in person as soon after the incident as possible.  If you cannot make your report in person, we will (if possible) be glad to send an officer to meet you at your home, place of business or other location to take your complaint.  However, Internal Affairs complaints will be accepted no matter what mode is used to make them.  Upon receipt by a member of the department, your complaint will be forwarded to the officer's immediate supervisor and to our Internal Affairs Officer, Sergeant Joseph Hale.  In addition, you may also start the complaint process by completing and emailing this Internal Affairs Citizen Complaint Form (clicking the link at the bottom of the form will email your complaint directly to Sergeant Joseph Hale).  You can locate contact information for all department personnel by clicking here

As per the Attorney General Guidelines:
1.    Reports or complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted from
       any person, including anonymous sources, at any time, 24/7.
2.    Complaints shall be accepted, regardless of the age, race, ethnicity, religion,
       gender, sexual orientation, disability or immigration status of the complaining
       party.
3.    Reports or complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted,
       regardless of whether they are made in person, by telephone, in writing or
       through a third party.
4.    Reports or complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted even if
       the complainant declines to provide personal identification or contact
       information, including a signature, to the officer or employee who receives the
       report.
5.    Every report or complaint of officer/employee misconduct shall be thoroughly
       and objectively investigated to a logical conclusion.
6.    An officer/employee shall not attempt to resolve or discuss the merits of a report
       or complaint. Only a supervisor is authorized to informally resolve a minor 
       complaint that is based upon a misunderstanding of the law or accepted law
       enforcement practices.

 
Also...
 
Compliments are greatly appreciated and gratefully accepted.  If you would like to Compliment an officer for a job well done, you are welcome to call the Police Chief or send a letter to his attention, or you may also click the Service Request Form link in the Navigation Bar at the top of the page, select "Compliments" as your Request Type, and complete the form.  It will automatically be forwarded to the Chief's Office.


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