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. Toward that end, the information below will help citizens and police officers conscientiously implement the Attorney General Guidelines with respect to the handling of citizen complaints.
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 Rockaway Borough Police Department is committed to ensuring the fair and effective resolution of matters brought forward to us.
It cannot be over-emphasized that a proper and effective running of internal affairs units is to the benefit of all involved. On one hand, it ferrets out officers who violate their oath to serve the citizens that they have sworn to protect. On the other hand, officers are also benefited in cases where frivolous complaints filed by citizens against police officers are brought forward. Hence, on the whole we as a citizenry are benefited by a cognizably potent, thorough, and effective complaint resolution procedure.
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 law enforcement officers.
If anyone should have any questions with regard to this policy, please feel free to contact the Rockaway Borough Police Department at 973-627-1314.
Click here for a printable copy of A Citizen’s Complaint Information.
To file a complaint:
Click here for the complaint form.
Click here to view the Annual Internal Affairs Summary for 2022.
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