Internal Affairs

Internal_20Affairs

Pemberton Township Internal Affairs
500 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd.
Pemberton, NJ 08068

Lt. Peter Delagarza

Detective Sgt. Jason Gant #18111

An informed public must have confidence that its police department honestly and fairly investigates and adjudicates all allegations of misconduct filed against its employees.  Law enforcement, by nature, is often an unpleasant business.  Police Officers deal with many dangerous and desperate individuals in a climate of negativity, animosity and resentment toward their presence.  However, the stories of major crimes, arrests, and related incidents usually covered in the news media represent only a part of the service that officers of the Pemberton Township Police Department provide to residents and guests of Pemberton Township every day.  Much more often, Police Officers interact with the public in a productive and helpful service, where their professionalism, courtesy, and courage are appreciated and valued.

The Pemberton Township Police Department recognizes that mistakes may be made and the actions of our officers may fall short of our high expectations.  The Department has established rules and regulations and standard operating procedures governing the professional and personal conduct of employees and acceptable work performance standards.

It is the policy of the Pemberton Township Police Department to accept and investigate all complaints of alleged misconduct or wrongdoing from any person, agency employee, or any other sources, including anonymous sources.  Following a thorough and impartial examination of the available factual information, the employee shall be either exonerated or held responsible for the alleged misconduct.  Discipline shall be administered corresponding to the degree of severity of the misconduct.  Disciplinary action in all matters will be determined based upon the merits of each case.  Police Officers conducting the investigation of any allegation of misconduct must strive to conduct a thorough and objective investigation without violating the rights of the subject employee or any other law enforcement officer, and show proper respect to all members of the public and complainants.

As a citizen, you are encouraged to contact the Pemberton Township Police Department if you have a complaint about the actions of a Police Officer or non-sworn employee if you believe their conduct was inappropriate or that they have violated the law.  The Internal Affairs Unit can answer questions about actions of officers, initiate a complaint against an officer and conduct investigations of police conduct.

Any person, to include third party and anonymous persons, with a complaint concerning a Pemberton Township Police Officer or non-sworn employee may pursue an Internal Affairs complaint. Below is the Pemberton Township Internal Affairs Complaint form found in eleven languages. Once the complaint is completed, the complaint can be submitted to the Internal Affairs Unit by the following:

  • Email the completed complaint form to Internal Affairs Unit Supervisor Lieutenant Peter Delagarza at pdelagarza@pembertonpolice.com or Detective Sgt. Jason Gant at jgant@pembertonpolice.com.
  • The completed form may be submitted in person using a sealed envelope marked “confidential” at the Pemberton Township Police Department. Once the complaint is received, it will be promptly forwarded to the Internal Affairs Unit.
  • For individuals that do not have a means to submit the complaint by those listed above they may contact the Pemberton Township Police Department at (609) 723-8300 and a supervisory officer will respond to your residence or place of employment to receive the complaint.

The members of the Pemberton Township Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of the public that a complaint about the performance of an individual employee or the agency in general be resolved fairly and promptly.  The Pemberton Township Police Department has formal procedures for investigating these complaints.  These procedures ensure fairness while also protecting the rights of complainants, witnesses and employees. 

  • Your complaint will be sent to either a supervisor or specially trained internal affairs officers who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
  • You will be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or by providing other important information or materials.
  • All complaints against an employee or the agency in general are thoroughly investigated.  You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
  • If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the County Prosecutor will be notified.  You may be asked to testify in court.
  • If our investigation results in an employee being charged with a violation of department rules or regulations, you may be asked to testify in a departmental disciplinary hearing.
  • If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or the employee acted properly, the matter will be closed and you will be notified accordingly.
  • All disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.

Complaint Form - Arabic
Complaint Form - Chinese
Complaint Form - English
Complaint Form - Haitian
Complaint Form - Hindi
Complaint Form - Korean
Complaint Form - Polish
Complaint Form - Portuguese
Complaint Form - Spanish
Complaint Form - Tagalog
Complaint Form - Vietnamese