INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMPLAINTS
The Haddon Township Police Department has established policies and operating procedures governing the professional and personal conduct of employees and acceptable work performance standards. These guidelines are designed to protect the well-being and the rights of all citizens and employees. The Haddon Township Police Department recognizes that the actions of our officers may fall short of personal expectations at times. The Internal Affairs Division will thoroughly investigate all reports of misconduct by our officers regardless of the source. The complainant will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
To file a complaint, you can either call the Internal Affairs Division at 856-833-6202 or make a complaint in person at HTPD. The public can also file complaint to any supervisor 24-hours a day using our non-emergency contact 856-854-0011.
The Haddon Township Police Department's Affairs Division working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours you may call 856-833-6205 to leave a message. You will receive a return call during business hours from our office.
Please include as much of the following information as possible in your complaint.
Date, time, and location of the incident
Name(s) and badge number(s) of the member(s) involved
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses
Circumstances of the incident
We take every complaint very seriously. However, if a complaint is found to be fabricated and maliciously pursued, the complainant may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil proceedings.
If the Internal Affairs investigation indicates the officer has committed a violation, corrective action commensurate with the severity of the violation will be taken. Mitigating circumstances may be considered by the Chief of Police in determining appropriate penalties. Discipline under the rules and regulations will not be based on any employee's race, color, political affiliation, sex, disability, or age. Action taken by the Internal Affairs Division may involve:
Remedial training (non-discipline)
Reduction in rank
After an investigation is completed, less severe discipline (written reprimand and five or less days suspension) is administered directly by the Chief of Police. More serious discipline (suspension for more than five days, reduction in rank, or termination) will be imposed if the officer is found guilty at a disciplinary hearing. In the event the member is subject to a disciplinary hearing, the complainant and witnesses may be called to testify. They will be notified in writing by the Internal Affairs Division when the complaint has been resolved.
However, the exact discipline imposed is a confidential personnel matter and will not be revealed to the complainant. Members of the Department will the right to appeal the Chief's decision.