HILLSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS POLICY AND REPORTING PROCEDURES

 The Hillside Police Department is committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. Toward that end, officers are held to the highest standards of official conduct and are expected to respect the rights of all citizens. Officers’ adherence to these standards, motivated by a moral and professional obligation to perform their job to the best of their ability is the ultimate objective of the Hillside Police Department.

The goal of our agency is to be responsive to the needs of community. This goal is best achieved by providing formal procedures for the processing of complaints from the public regarding individual officer performance in an effort improve the quality of our delivery of police services. It is our goal to assess and monitor  the relationship between the officers and members of the Hillside Police Department and the citizens we serve which facilitates cooperation vital to the department’s ability to achieve its goals.

It is the policy of the Hillside Police Department to accept and investigate all complaints of alleged officer misconduct or wrongdoing from any citizen or department employee.

 All complaints of officer misconduct will be accepted from all persons who wish to file a complaint regardless of the hour or day of the week. This includes reports from anonymous sources, juveniles and persons under arrest or in custody.

 

Citizens are encouraged to submit their complaints as soon after the incident as possible. If you cannot personally appear at the department to file the complaint, a member of the department, usually a member of the Internal Affairs Unit, will respond to your home, place of business or other location if necessary to receive your complaint.

 

Individuals wishing to file an Internal Affairs Complaint can do so by :

 

  1. Responding to Hillside Police Headquarters located at 1409 Liberty Avenue, Hillside, New Jersey and requesting to make an Internal Affairs Complaint. If you cannot personally appear at the department to file the complaint, a member of the department, usually a member of the Internal Affairs Unit, will respond to your home, place of business or other location if necessary to receive your complaint.
  2. By contacting the Hillside Police Department at (973) 926-5800 and requesting to be transferred to Extension 202, the Office of the Internal Affairs Officer Captain Nicola Lomonte. If you cannot personally appear at the department to file the complaint, a member of the department, usually a member of the Internal Affairs Unit, will respond to your home, place of business or other location if necessary to receive your complaint.
  3. Any other means of communication the complainant is comfortable utilizing

 

2016 Internal Affairs Yearly Report

 COMPLAINTS FILED

 

Type of Complaint                Anonymous Complaint     Citizen Complaint        Agency Complaint                  Total     

Excessive Force                               0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Improper Arrest                                 0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Improper Entry                                  0                                 1                                          0                                 1          

Improper Search                               0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Criminal Violation                              0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Differential Treatment                       0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Demeanor                                         0                                 7                                          0                                 7          

Domestic Violence                            0                                 0                                          0                                 0          

Other Rule Infraction                        0                                 1                                           0                                1          

TOTAL                                             0                                  9                                          0                                 9         

 

AGENCY DISPOSITIONS

 

Type of Complaint                    Sustained        Exonerated     Not Sustained        Unfounded     Administratively Closed       Total     

Excessive Force                            0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0

Improper Arrest                              0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0  

Improper Entry                               0                       0                        1                          0                               0                             1

Improper Search                            0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0 

Criminal Violation                           0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0              

Differential Treatment                    0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0           

Demeanor                                      1                       0                        3                          0                               3                             7        

Domestic Violence                         0                       0                        0                          0                               0                             0                  

Other Rule Infraction                      0                       0                        0                          0                               1                             1          

TOTAL                                           1                       0                        4                          0                               4                             9      

 

 

 

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