HUDSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
The primary duty of the Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) is to monitor the actions and behavior of Hudson County Sheriff's Office personnel and ensure compliance with the agency's Rules & Regulations, Policies, Attorney General Guidelines and Directives, as well as country ordinances, state law and federal law.
IAB is responsible for investigating complaints of serious rule infractions, criminal allegations, firearm discharges, vehicle pursuits and monitoring drug testing of employees. IAB also investigates complaints of minor rule infractions and conducts inspections and audits of Sheriff's Office property, facilities, and its personnel.
Other IAB responsibilities include investigating cases of corruption within the Sheriff's Office and other agencies, and coordinating with outside investigative agencies.
How to File a Complaint
The Hudson County Sheriff's Office takes citizen complaints seriously, and understands that public trust and participation is an integral part of policing in our society. The complaint process should not be an inconvenient or overwhelming task. We accept complaints in-person, by phone, or letter or through this website. If you cannot come to us, we can come to a location suitable to you.
IAB accepts anonymous complaints, third-party complaints and complaints from unaccompanied juveniles, though we suggest that juveniles involve their parents.
People who seek to file complaints will not be asked about their immigration status.
A complaint should be filed when you witness or experience a personal encounter with Hudson County Sheriff's Office personnel that involves criminal conduct, misconduct, abusive or discriminatory behavior, neglect of duty, corrupt activity, inappropriate demeanor, inappropriate conduct or a violation of rules and regulations of the Hudson County Sheriff's Office.
Submitting a Complaint
In person from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Hudson County Sheriff's Office, located 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, N.J.
After hours at the Hudson County Sheriff's Office located at 257 Cornelison Avenue in Jersey City, N.J.
By Telephone 24 hours a day by calling the Hudson County Sheriff's Office at (201) 915-1300. Ask to speak to Internal Affairs or the supervisor on duty; however any officer can and will accept your complaint. You are not required to provide your name or other identifying information should you wish to remain anonymous.
At your home or the location where the incident occurred. You may request that a supervisor respond to your location to take your complaint by calling (201) 915-1300; however any officer can and will accept your complaint.
By Mail by completing a citizen complaint form which is available at the Hudson County Sheriff's Office. Simply write a letter or note addressed to:
Internal Affairs Bureau
Hudson County Sheriff's Office
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
When writing a letter, please keep in mind that the more information you provide about what happened, the better we can assist in addressing your concerns.
How Complaints are Investigated
IAB reviews all complaints. Complaints may be handled by IAB or referred back to the subject officer's commad, depending on the nature of the complaint.
Upon completion and review of a thorough investigation, a final disposition is determined. A thorough investigation means interviewing all witnesses, reviewing any physical evidence, reviewing internal records, and assessing the credibility of all claims.
What Can Complainants Expect?
You will be notified of the disposition in writing after the investigation is completed. Investigations generally take 30 days to complete, depending on a number of factors. You may be asked to testify in a criminal court or a departmental hearing if the investigation upholds your allegation against the officer.
An employee may be subjected to the following disciplinary action if found in violation of any department regulations:
Additional Training and/or counseling
Suspension from duty
Termination or demotion
Any disciplinary action against an employee must be in accordance with the Hudson County Sheriff's Office rules, state statutes, and civil service rules. We appreciate your time in participating in the complaint and review process. Hudson County Sheriff's Office personnel are held to the highest standards of our profession and we encourage members of the public to immediately bring matters of concern to our attention. Similarly, if you would like to commend a Hudson County Sheriff's Officer for his or her actions, you may do so by writing a letter to the Sheriff.
Internal Affairs Public Annual Summary.
Each year, the Internal Affairs Bureau issues a report which displays the total number of complaints, the type, and disposition.