The members of the Woolwich Township Police Department 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 Woolwich Township Police Department 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 Woolwich Township Police Department Special Investigations Unit operates in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines on
Internal Affairs Policies and Procedures.
The Woolwich Township Police Department Special Investigations Unit accepts and documents all citizen complaints in any form, including anonymous complaints,
against law enforcement personnel employed in the Woolwich Township Police Department.
Internal Affairs Citizen Information Sheet
To File a Complaint: IA Citizen Complaint Forms can be found here. (You do not have to utilize this form to file a
complaint - For your convenience only.)
Complaints can be made in person, mail, phone, or email.
Woolwich Township Police Department
Detective Sergeant Chris Beckett #2313
120 Village Green Drive
Woolwich Township, New Jersey 08085
You may also call the Special Investigations Unit at (856) 467-1667 x1224, and ask to speak to a detective in the Special Investigations Unit.
Complaints can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The 4 A's of Internal Affiars
- ANYONE– Any individual must be permitted to file an Internal Affairs complaint. It can be a victim, a friend of the victim, a parent, a juvenile (with or without parents), an illegal alien (we are not permitted to ask about immigration status) or it can be anonymous. ANYONE means ANYONE.
- ANY WAY– An Internal Affairs complaint can be filed in ANY WAY. It could be filed by phone, by letter, written on a napkin, in person… Whatever is best for the person filing. We cannot make someone show up in person or swear the statement to initiate the complaint process.
- ANY TIME– A complaint must be taken regardless of the hour or day of the week. At no time should a complaint be told to return later, even if the IA officer is unavailable. ANY law enforcement officer or civilian employee must take a complaint.
- ANYTHING– As long as a complaint has sufficient factual information, the complaint must be investigated. It is predicated upon the victim’s view of the situation.
* * * LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST AVOID ANY LANGUAGE THAT IS DESIGNED TO DISSUADE SOMEBODY FROM FILING A COMPLAINT***
Early Warning System
In accordance with NJ Attorney General’s Directive 2018-3, the Woolwich Township Police Department has updated its Early Warning System Policy. To read the full directive, click the following link: EWS
Internal Affairs Reporting
In compliance with Internal Affairs Policy & Procedures Section 9.11.2, the Woolwich Township Police Department publishes all major discipline that was assessed against any agency member.
Major discipline is defined as the outcome of an internal affairs complaint resulting in an officer's termination, demotion, or suspension of more than five days.