The members of the Raritan Township Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interest of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer be resolved fairly and promptly. The Raritan Township Police Department has formal procedures in place for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and police officers.
If you decide to file a formal complaint, your complaint will be sent to a superior officer, or a specially trained internal affairs officer, who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation. You may be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information.
All complaints against police officers will be thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
Please note that:
If our investigation shows that a crime may have been committed, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office will be notified. You may be asked to testify in court.
If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you may be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.
If our investigation shows that the complaint is not sustained, is unfounded, or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.
All disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.
A citizen is subject to both criminal and civil prosecution for providing false information or information that he or she does not believe to be true.
You can download the Internal Affairs Report Form, Internal Affairs Report Form (Spanish) call police headquarters to have the fom mailed to you, or stop by police headquarters and pick up the form. The completed form can be mailed anonymously to police headquarters, if you wish. The police department address is as follows:
Raritan Township Police Department
2 Municipal Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822
ATTN: Internal Affairs Supervisor
Early Warning System: The purpose of this policy is to identify early warning signs exhibited as patterns and trends of officer conduct which indicates potentially escalating risk of harm to the public, the agency, and/or the officer.
Drug Screening for Law Enforcement:
The Raritan Township Police Department is required by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General to compile and report an Executive Summary of police misconduct in Raritan Township. In addition, the report must provide statistics for the disposition of these complaints. You can review the annual reports on police misconduct below.
If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please call Lieutenant Joseph Canonica at (908) 782-8889.