The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
has the overall responsibility for ensuring that all members of law
enforcement meet the highest standards of professional conduct and
integrity, and are responsive to the public they serve. Assistant
Prosecutors, County Detectives and our support staff are all truly
committed to providing the best possible law enforcement services to
the citizens of Somerset County.
It is helpful for us to receive your comments, whether positive or
Thank you for your assistance.
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The Goal of the Internal
The goal of the Somerset
County Prosecutor's Office Internal Affairs Unit is to ensure that the
integrity of law enforcement is maintained through a system of internal
discipline where fairness and justice are assured by both objective
impartial investigation and review. The Somerset County Prosecutor's
Office is committed to ensure the public's trust, ensure fairness, and
protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement personnel.
How to Register a
Complaints may be filed 24
hours a day, seven days a week. You may either visit or call the
Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Monday through Friday (except
holidays) from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at 40 N. Bridge Street,
Somerville, N.J. 08876 or call (908) 231-7100.
After business hours or on
weekends and holidays you may reach the Internal Affairs Unit by
contacting Somerset County Central Communications Center at (908)
How Complaints are
To ensure an extremely
thorough investigation, your complaint will be referred to the Somerset
County Prosecutor's Office, Internal Affairs Unit where a specially
trained Internal Affairs detective will conduct a thorough and objective
The Internal Affairs
detective might ask you to assist with the investigation by giving a
detailed statement about what happened or providing other important
information. All available witnesses will be contacted to ascertain
pertinent information relating to your complaint.
The length of time to
conduct an internal investigation will vary, depending upon the
complexity of the incident. If there is an extended delay in the
investigation for any reason, you will be notified. Please feel free to
contact the Internal Affairs detective at any time during the course of
the investigation with any questions you may have.
When an internal
investigation is completed, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
Internal Affairs detective will notify you, in writing, of the outcome
of the investigation. There are four possible findings:
1. Sustained - The investigation
disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the allegation(s).
a. If our investigation
shows that a crime may have been committed, you may be asked to testify
before a grand jury and in court.
b. If our investigation
results in a police officer, detective or assistant prosecutor or other
staff member being charged with a violation of departmental rules and
regulations, you might be asked to testify in an administrative
disciplinary hearing. All administrative disciplinary hearings shall be
closed to the public unless the employee who is the subject of the
inquiry requests an open hearing.
2. Exonerated - The
actions of the employee were justified, legal and proper.
3. Not Sustained - The investigation failed to disclosed
sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation. The
case will be closed, pending further information.
4. Unfounded - The alleged incident did not occur; or there is
insufficient information to conduct a meaningful investigation. The case
will be closed, and no further action will be taken.
It is unlawful to provide a false statement under oath (N.J.S.A. 2C:
False swearing. A person who
makes a false statement under oath or equivalent affirmation, or swears
or affirms the truth of such a statement previously made, when he does
not believe the statement to be true, is guilty of a crime of the fourth
It is unlawful to provide
a false report to law enforcement authorities (N.J.S.A. 2C: 28-4).
a. Falsely incriminating
another. A person who knowingly gives or causes to be given false
information to any law enforcement officer with purposes to implicate
another commits a crime of the fourth degree.
b. Fictitious reports. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if
(1) Reports or causes to be reported to law enforcement
authorities an offense or other incident within their concern knowing
that it did not occur; or
(2) Pretends to furnish or causes to be furnished such authorities with
information relating to an offense or incident when he knows he has no
information relating to such offense or incident.
If you correspond with us to commend a member of the Somerset County
Prosecutor's Office, the staff member you compliment will receive a copy
of your correspondence, a copy will be provided to his/her supervisor
and a copy will be included in the employee's personnel file.
Thank you for taking the
time to assist us to better serve you.