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Professional Standards Bureau and Internal Affairs

The Professional Standards Bureau of the Ewing 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 Professional Standards Bureau is also responsible for the thorough investigation of complaints of misconduct against members of the Ewing Police.

The Professional Standards Bureau reports directly to the Chief of Police. The bureau is charged with administering the investigative and disciplinary processes for the Ewing Police Department. The primary mission of the Office of Professional Standards is to assure that the members of the Ewing Police meet the highest standards of integrity and ethical performance.

The Ewing Police Department is dedicated to providing the best possible police service to the citizens it serves. Officers are carefully selected and receive the best possible training to help them perform their duties in a fair, honest, impartial, and professional manner. Your assistance helps the Ewing Police maintain the integrity of the organization. If you feel strongly about the conduct of an officer, positively or negatively, please let us know.

The Professional Standards Bureau can be reached by telephone at: (609) 882-1313, ext. 7999 or citizens may visit the Ewing Police Headquarters located at 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628. The Professional Standards Bureau can also be reach via email at policeopr@ewingnj.org.
 

How to File a Complaint 

Providing police services can often be a very difficult and complex job.

The Ewing Police Department recognizes that mistakes may be made and the actions of our officers may fall short of expectations. The Ewing Police Department has established rules and regulations and standard operating procedures governing the professional and personal conduct of employees and acceptable work performance standards. These guidelines are designed to protect the well-being and the rights of all citizens and employees. The Professional Standards Bureau will thoroughly investigate all reports of misconduct by officers regardless of the source. Anyone who files a complaint against an officer will be treated with courtesy and respect.

To make a complaint regarding an officer(s) you may:

  • Call the Professional Standards Bureau at 609-882-1313 ext. 7999 to speak to a representative Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm you may need to leave a message. You will receive a return call during business hours from our office.

  • Call the Ewing Police Department at 609-883-1313 at any time and speak with any member of the Ewing Police Department. While it is perferred you speak with a member of the Professional Standards Bureau, state and department policies allow for complaints to be recieved by any member of the police department.
  • Make your complaint in person at police headquarters at any time or write to the Professional Standards Bureau at: 

Ewing Police Department

Professional Standards Bureau/Internal Affairs

2 Jake Garzio Drive

Ewing, NJ 08628

Please refer to the following links for internal affairs reporting and information forms:

Internal Affairs Report Forms

Internal Affairs Information Sheets

The internal affairs reporting and information forms are available in the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

Please include as much of the following information as you can remember:

  • Date, time, and location of the incident

  • Name(s) and badge number(s) of the member(s) involved

  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses

  • Circumstances of the incident 

Corrective action

If the investigation indicates the officer has committed a violation, corrective action commensurate with the severity of the violation will be taken. Mitigating circumstances may be considered by the Chief of Police in determining appropriate penalties. Action taken may involve:

  • Remedial training
  • Counseling

  • Oral reprimand 

  • Written reprimand
  • Fine

  • Voluntary surrender of time off in lieu of other action 

  • Suspension 

  • Reduction in rank 

  • Termination 

After an investigation is completed, discipline is administered directly by the Chief of Police.  In the event the member requests a disciplinary hearing, the complainant and witnesses may be called to testify. Complainants will be notified in writing by the Professional Standards Bureau when the complaint has been resolved, however the exact discipline imposed is a confidential personnel matter and will not be revealed to the complainant. The Ewing Police Department has rigorous procedures to fairly and honestly investigate all complaints.

 
How to Commend an Officer

Recognition for a job well done is important.

If an officer or other member of the Ewing Police Department renders a service that you feel is worthy of a commendation, we would like to hear about it.

To commend a Ewing Police Department employee you may:

  • Telephone the Professional Standards Bureau by calling:
      (609) 882-1313 ext. 7999.
  • Telephone the members supervisor directly.
  • Write to the Professional Standards Bureau at:

Ewing Police Department

Professional Standards Bureau/Internal Affairs

2 Jake Garzio Drive

Ewing, NJ 08628

  • Please include as much of the following information as you can remember:
  • Date, time, and location of the incident
  • Name(s) and badge number(s) of the member(s) involved.
  • Circumstances of the incident.

The employee and his/her supervisor will be notified of the commendation. A copy will also be included in the employee’s personnel file.