Professional Standards

Lt. Christopher Parise #186

732-833-3003

 

Office of Professional Standards

 

What is the function of the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs)?
The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for receiving, processing, and supervising
internal affairs investigations that involve allegations of criminal conduct and acts of
misconduct made against members of our agency. The Office of Professional Standards
ensures that allegations made against members of the Jackson Police Department are
thoroughly and objectively investigated to their logical conclusion. The Office of Professional
Standards maintains a comprehensive index of all complaints received which is submitted to
the Ocean County Prosecutors Office on a quarterly and annual basis.
What does the Office of Professional Standards do?
The Office of Professional Standards has the responsibility to investigate all allegations of
misconduct by members of the department, and to review and adjudicate all minor complaints
which are handled by supervisors.
How do I file a complaint against an Officer or Employee ofthe Police Department?
Complaints will be accepted in person, by telephone, written correspondence or byemail. It is
preferred that the complaint be made in person by the individual who is directly involved in the
allegation so we can ascertain as much information as possible to effectively investigate the
complaint.
How are complaints investigated?
Your complaint will be sentto a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs
investigator who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. If the complaint alleges
minor violations of departmental policies or procedures or the complaint alleges acts of
discourtesy, the complaint mayl be forwarded through the chain of command to the member's
immediate supervisor to investigate.
     -You may be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about
      what occurred or by providing other important information.
     -If the investigation shows that a crime might have happened, the County Prosecutor
      will be immediately notified. You may be asked to be interviewed, or to testify in
      court.
     -If the 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 the investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted
      properly, the investigation will be closed.
What happens when the investigation is concluded?
Once the investigation is concluded, you will be advised of the outcome, or dis position, in
writing. 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.
Is there anything I should know prior to making a complaint?
The Jackson Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct extremely serious and
deliberate false allegations will not be tolerated. Any person who deliberately makes a false
complaint and statement against a member, that person may be criminally prosecuted or held
civilly liable. N.J.S. 2C:28-3 Unsworn Fa Isification to Authorities states, "A person com mits a
crime of the fourth degree if he makes a written false statement which he does not believe to
be true, on or pursuant to a form bearing notice, authorized by law, to the affect that false
statements made therein are punishable." Those who provide false information to the Office of
Professional Standards will be prosecuted to the fullest extent ofthe law.
Who do I contact in the Jackson Police Department Office of Professional Standards?
All inquiries may be directed to Lt. Christopher Parise by calling 732-833-3003 or via email at
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