If the 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 against the officer may involve:

  • Counseling (non-discipline)
  • Remedial training (non-discipline)
  • Written reprimand
  • Suspension
  • Reduction in rank
  • Termination

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 this agency when the complaint has been resolved. However, the exact discipline imposed is a confidential personnel matter and will not be revealed to the complainant. Officers may also appeal the final decision. The State of New Jersey has established procedures for members to follow in filing their appeals, just as it has established procedures to fairly and honestly investigate citizens’ complaints.