The Internal Affairs / Professional Standards Function of the Ocean Township Police Department is responsible for ensuring that members of the department meet the highest standards of professional conduct, and are responsive to the citizens they serve. The mission of the Internal Affairs / Professional Standards Unit is to review officer involved critical incidents and investigate complaints received on sworn and non-sworn employees of the Ocean Township Police Department. Critical incidents include officer involved shootings, police pursuits resulting in serious injury, or any incident resulting in serious injury or death of a person, regardless of any allegations of misconduct. In addition, all complaints of misconduct, whether received from citizens or Department employees, are thoroughly investigated by Internal Affairs to ensure the integrity of the Ocean Township Police Department.
Only through fair, thorough and proactive investigations of alleged misconduct can the Internal Affairs / Professional Standards accomplish the three objectives of our mission:
Protection of the Public: The residents of the Township of Ocean have the right to receive fair, efficient and impartial law enforcement. Any misconduct by department employees must first be detected, then thoroughly investigated, and finally, properly adjudicated to assure the highest standards of conduct.
Protection of the Employee: Employees must be protected against false and misinformed allegations of misconduct. This can only be accomplished through a consistently thorough investigative process.
Protection of the Department: The Ocean Township Police Department is often judged by the conduct of its individual employees. It is imperative that the whole department not be criticized because of the misconduct of a few. An informed public must have confidence that its police department honestly and fairly investigates and adjudicates all allegations of misconduct against its employees.
Internal Affairs Investigators are carefully selected and receive the best possible training to help perform their duties in a fair, honest, impartial and professional manner. Your assistance helps the Ocean Township Police Department maintain the integrity of the organization. If you feel strongly about the conduct of an officer or employee, positively or negatively, please let us know. The Internal Affairs / Professional Standards Unit can be reached by telephone at (609)693-4007 or citizens may visit the Ocean Township Police Department Headquarters located at 50 Railroad Avenue Waretown, New Jersey 08758
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