The Bridgewater Township Police Department is committed to ensuring that all sworn members act in a professional and courteous manner at all times by providing quality services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of all involved parties that internal affairs complaints be resolved fairly. The police department has formal procedures that ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and police officers. All complaints whether anonymous or not are thoroughly investigated. In addition, we are also proud to accept commendations from the public wishing to recognize members that have done a good job.
The Internal Affairs Function is governed by New Jersey law, specifically NJSA 40A:14-181 and administered by the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office through specific and strict Internal Affairs guidelines.
If you would like to file an internal affairs complaint against a member of the Police Department please respond to headquarters or call the communications desk at (908) 722-4111 ext. 0
When we receive your complaint it will be investigated by a specially trained internal affairs investigator that will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. If your complaint is sustained and a disciplinary hearing is requested, the hearing will be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your complaint.
- You may be asked to help the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened.
- If the investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the Somerset County Prosecutor will be notified, and you may be asked to testify in court.
- If the investigation results in an officer charged with violations of department policy, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.
- If the investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.