Internal Affairs Policies & Procedures

In New Jersey, every state, county, and local law enforcement agency is required to establish a process for disciplining officers who commit misconduct or otherwise violate the agency’s rules. Generally speaking, this disciplinary process is handled by the agency’s “internal affairs” (IA) unit, which operates outside the normal chain of command and is responsible for investigating misconduct and recommending discipline to the agency’s leaders. 

In 1991, the Attorney General issued Internal Affairs Policies & Procedures (IAPP), which established statewide standards for the operations of IA units in New Jersey. Five years later, in 1996, the Legislature went a step further, requiring that each law enforcement agency in New Jersey adopt its own policies consistent with IAPP. The document has been updated several times since then, including a significant revision in December 2019.

The current version of IAPP, which went into effect on November 15, 2022, is known as the “November 2022 IAPP” and includes an appendix of fifteen sample forms and documents. The first two of these sample forms are intended for public use: a “civilian complaint information sheet,” which explains how to file an IA complaint (Appendix A), and a standardized “internal affairs report form” for civilians seeking to file a complaint (Appendix B). Both of these documents have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Haitian, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Appendix A and B have been combined into a downloadable .pdf  and made available below.

Reports or complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted from anyone, including anonymous sources, at any time and shall be accepted regardless of the age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status of the complaining party.

Complaints about officers of the Surf City Police Department can be made to our Office of Professional Standards (Sgt. Victor Rice or Sgt. Sarah Roe) by Phone at (609) 494-8121, by email at, or in person at 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, New Jersey 08008.