Internal Affairs

The members of the Bedminster Township Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement officers.

  • Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.

  • You might 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 county prosecutor 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 department hearing.

  • If our investigation shows 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.

  • You may call the INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATOR assigned to your case at (908) 234-0585 with any additional information or any questions about the case.

  • It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.

It is unlawful to provide a false statement under oath (N.J.S.A. 2C: 28-2a)

False swearing. A person who makes a false statement under oath or equivalent affirmation, or swears or affirms the truth of such a statement previously made, when he does not believe the statement to be true, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

It is unlawful to provide a false report to law enforcement authorities (N.J.S.A. 2C: 28-4).

a. Falsely incriminating another. A person who knowingly gives or causes to be given false information to any law enforcement officer with purposes to implicate another commits a crime of the fourth degree.

b. Fictitious reports. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he:

(1) Reports or causes to be reported to law enforcement
authorities an offense or other incident within their concern knowing that it did not occur; or

(2) Pretends to furnish or causes to be furnished such authorities with information relating to an offense or incident when he knows he has no information relating to such offense or incident.

Thank you for taking the time to assist us to better serve you.

2018 Internal Affairs Summary