Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for the creation, maintenance and enforcement of the policies that govern the conduct of all personnel of the Cape May County Sheriff's Office. It is also responsible for all investigations involving allegations of criminal conduct by it's officers The members of the Cape May County Sheriff's Office are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied.

Policies

These policies and guidlines by the New Jersey Attorney General, Cape May Prosecutor's Office and the Cape May County Sheriff's Office are what we use to process an internal affairs invesitgation.

New Jersey Attorney General Internal Affairs Policy and Procedure - Law Enforcement Directive 2020-7 (August 2020)

CMC Prosecutor Professional Standards page. Internal Affairs information

CMC Sheriff's Office Standard Operating Procedure 206 - Internal Affairs policy

New Jersey Attorney General Early Warning System - Law Enforcement Directive 2018-3 (March 2018)

CMC Sheriff's Office Standard Operating Procedure 127- Early Warning System policy

CMC Sheriff's Office Code of Ethics (Rules and Regulations)

CMC Sheriff's Office Professional Conduct and Responsibilities (Rules and Regulations)

Annual Internal Affairs Reports - CMC Sheriff's Office Annual Internal Affair Reports

Internal Affairs Complaint Forms

It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Cape May County Sheriff's Office has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures are designed to ensure fairness and protect the rights of both Citizens and Law Enforcement Officers:

  1. Reports or Complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted from any person, including anonymous sources, at any time.

  2. Complaints shall be accepted regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status of the complaining party.

  3. Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.

  4. You might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information or documents.

  5. All complaints against law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be kept informed of the status of the investigation and its ultimate outcome, if requested, and you provide contact information. The exact discipline imposed is confidential, but you will be advised of the ultimate finding, namely:

    1. Sustained: A preponderance of the evidence shows an officer violated any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.

    2. Unfounded: A preponderance of the evidence shows that the alleged misconduct did not occur.

    3. Exonerated: A preponderance of the evidence shows the alleged conduct did occur, but did not violate any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.

    4. Not Sustained: The investigation failed to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation.

  6. If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the county prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.

  7. If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.

  8. If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.

  9. Internal affairs investigations are confidential, and all disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.

  10. You may call Executive Undersheriff, John Maher at 609-463-6429 with any additional information or any questions about the case.

Citizen Complaint Information Sheet - Please read this helpful and informative guide prior to completing an Internal Affairs Complaint form.

Citizen Internal Affairs Complain Form - Use this form to file an Internal Affairs complaint.

Hoja de informaciĆ³n de denuncia ciudadana - Por favor, lea esta guía útil e informativa antes de completar un formulario de queja de asuntos internos.

Formulario De Informe De Asuntos Internos - Utilice este formulario para presentar una queja de asuntos internos.

 

See Agency Policies for other Sheriff's Office policies.

 

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