Professional Standards Unit

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office
Professional Standards Unit
P.O. Box 623
Woodbury, NJ 08096
856-384-5500


GCPO Early Intervention Policy
2019 GCPO/County-wide Internal Affairs Summary Report
Internal Affairs Report Form
Internal Affairs Policies & Procedures / Complaint Forms (various languages)


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 Professional Standards Unit by any of the contact methods listed above. Compliments are also welcomed.

Additional Resources:

Excellence in Policing Initiative

Safe Stop - Know Your Rights. Know The Law.

New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Bias Crime and Community Relations Initiative