Special Investigations Unit

Lieutenant Langdon Sills
Unit Supervisor 

Sergeant Robert Hemphill

2011 GCPO Internal Affairs Summary Report
2011 County-wide Internal Affairs Summary Report

The responsibilities of the Special Investigations Unit include, but are not limited to, the review and investigation of complaints alleging bias intimidation and police misconduct, as well as the administration of Gloucester County's random drug testing policy for sworn law enforcement officers.

Complaints Alleging Police Misconduct

The members of the Gloucester 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 Gloucester 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 Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office will objectively review any and all complaints of police misconduct.  If the complaint is determined to be an administrative violation, the Special Investigations 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 Special Investigations Unit will conduct a criminal investigation in cooperation with the local law enforcement agency's Internal Affairs Unit.

Any person filing a complaint of misconduct concerning a Gloucester County police officer is assured of the following:

  • The complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
  • The complainant may 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.  The complainant will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
  • If the investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office will be notified.  The complainant may be asked to testify in court.
  • If the investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, the complainant may 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.
  • All disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.
  • It is unlawful to provide information in a matter which the complainant does not believe to be true.

Any person with a complaint concerning a Gloucester County police officer may contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Special Investigations Unit by any of the methods listed below.  Compliments are also welcomed.

Phone: (856) 384-5604
Email: Internal Affairs Report Form

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office
Special Investigations Unit
P.O. Box 623
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Additional Resources:
New Jersey Attorney General Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures Manual

Complaints Alleging Bias Intimidation

Under New Jersey law, a person is guilty of a bias intimidation crime if he/she commits, attempts to commit, conspires with another to commit, or threatens the immediate commission of an offense with the purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals becase of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity.  The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office works vigorously and will utilize all available local, state and federal resources to investigate crimes motivated by prejudice against others.

Such an offense also constitutes a bias intimidation crime if the manner in which the offense is committed causes the victim to reasonably believe either:

  1. that the offense was committed with a purpose to intimidate the victim because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity; or
  2. that the victim or his/her property was selected to be the target because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity.

These offenses are a distinctive category and are more likely to involve a heightened assault and injury level or serial attacks of escalating severity.  There are often multiple assailants and the victims generally do not know their offenders.  As a result of these offenses, there is often a spiral of community violence and extended psychological trauma for victims.

Any person with a complaint or information concerning a bias crime incident is encouraged to contact the Special Investigations Unit at:

Telephone: (856) 384-5604
Email: siu@co.gloucester.nj.us

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office
Special Investigations Unit
P.O. Box 623
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Additional Resources: