Internal Affairs Unit
To speak with an Internal Affairs Investigator please call (732) 745-5184
Lieutenant Amish Shah
Internal Affairs Commander
Sergeant Thierry (Harry) Lemmerling
About the Internal Affairs Unit
The purpose of the New Brunswick Police Internal Affairs Unit is to establish a system for the receipt, investigation, and resolution of complaints of misconduct received against sworn members of the Department. Our goal is to ensure that the integrity of this agency is maintained using a system of internal discipline where an impartial and objective investigation will make certain that fairness and justice will be served to both the Officer and the complainant.
The Internal Affairs Unit is obligated to investigate any allegation of Officer misconduct that may be a violation of the New Brunswick Police rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or general orders. Additionally, this office investigates any other action(s) by an Officer that may demonstrate he or she may be unable, unwilling, or unfit to perform his or her official duties. Our obligation to investigate accusations of misconduct also extends to acts committed off duty and outside the jurisdiction of the New Brunswick Police Department. Minor complaints adjudicated by the Officer’s supervisor are also reviewed
The New Brunswick Police Department accepts complaints of Officer misconduct regardless of the hour, or day of the week. Complaints can be submitted by anyone, including anonymous sources, regardless of age, and will be accepted by supervisory personnel. If supervisory personnel are not available, complaints will be accepted by any law enforcement officer.
In the event you wish to file a complaint with the Internal Affairs Unit, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Internal Affairs complaint forms are available at the New Brunswick Police Headquarters. Once accepted, your complaint form will be forwarded to the Internal Affairs Unit for review and investigation. Once the investigation is complete, you will be advised of the outcome in written form.
Complaints from the public, whether substantiated or not, increase the awareness of the leadership of this agency to actual or potential problems, as well as the perceptions of the community. This feedback will ultimately assist in determining whether the mission statement and goals of this agency are being attained.
The members of the New Brunswick Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual Officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both the citizen and law enforcement officers.
What you can expect when you make an Internal Affairs complaint:
- Your Complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs investigator who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
- You might 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. You will be advised in writing of the outcome.
- If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the County Prosecutor will be notified. You may be asked to testify in court.
- If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules or regulations, you may be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.
- If our 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.
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