The members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that a complaint about the performance of an individual law enforcement officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office has formal procedures for investigating complaints of police misconduct. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement officers.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit operates in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines on Internal Affairs Policies and Procedures.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit accepts and documents all citizen complaints in any form, including anonymous complaints, against law enforcement personnel employed in Cape May County.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit will objectively review any and all complaints of police misconduct. If the complaint is determined to be an administrative violation, the Professional Standards Unit will assist the complainant with reporting his/her allegation to the appropriate municipal law enforcement agency. However, if the complaint is determined to be a criminal violation, the Professional Standards Unit will conduct a criminal investigation in cooperation with the local law enforcement agency’s Internal Affairs Unit.
The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of criminal conduct by police officers throughout Cape May County. This includes, but is not limited to, allegations of excessive force, corruption, racial profiling, selective enforcement, mistreatment of prisoners, evidence tampering, and other forms of Official Misconduct. Investigations are initiated on direct complaints of private citizens, complaints by police officers against other police officers, referrals from municipal police department internal affairs units, and referrals from the Attorney General’s Office. The Professional Standards Unit also initiates investigations when necessary. Furthermore, the Professional Standards Unit handles all complaints against Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office law enforcement personnel.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit also supplies legal assistance and guidance to municipal and county law enforcement agencies in their individual internal affairs administrative investigations.
To File a Complaint:
Complaints can be made in person, mail, phone, email, or fax.
You may also call the Professional Standards Unit at (609) 465-1135, and ask to speak to an investigator in the Professional Standards Unit.
Complaints can be made via email to PSU@cmcpros.net
Complaints can be made via fax to (609) 465-1145.
Please include as much of the following information as you can remember:
- Date, time and location of incident
- Name(s) and badge numbers(s) of the officer(s) involved
- Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any potential witnesses
- Circumstances of the incident
You may also decide to complete a Civilian Complaint Form. Anonymous complaints will be accepted and thoroughly investigated.