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The East Orange Police Department is dedicated to providing the finest police service possible. In order to continue to provide quality service to the community, we need your assistance. This is your Police Department and we welcome your comments. We encourage you to let us know about the quality of service you receive from our employees.

The East Orange Police Department's I.A.D. (PSU) division
will investigate all complaints initiated by the general public. Any citizen or non-citizen can either respond to Police Headquarters at 61 North Munn Avenue,  E-Mail * or call Internal Affairs  (PSU) or the Police Department by following the directions below. The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for ensuring that members of the East Orange Police Department meet the highest standards of professional conduct and are responsive to the public they serve. The Office of I.A.D. Professional Standards is also responsible for the thorough investigation of all complaints of misconduct against non-sworn members (civilians) of the East Orange Police Department. 

As a citizen, you are encouraged to contact the 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 staff of the Internal Affairs Bureau can answer questions about actions of officers, initiate a complaint against an officer, and conduct investigations of police conduct. Although we encourage citizens to report police misconduct, complaints must be made in good faith. False or highly exaggerated complaints serve no good purpose for either the citizens or the officer and only tend to thwart our complaint-taking process. Anyone who willfully makes any false accusation for the purpose of discrediting a police officer may be prosecuted under the full extent of the law.


Internal Affairs Mission Statement

The Mission of the Internal Affairs Bureau is to protect the public, the employee and the Department through fair, thorough and proactive investigations of alleged misconduct. This mission is intended to accomplish the below three objectives. These main objectives are explained below.

1. Protection of the Public
2. Protection of the Department
3. Protection of the Employee

Staff Personnel

P.S.U. Manager:
 Unassigned
P.S.U. Commander: Captain Tony Cook
Lieutenant: Bart Haverty  
Sergeant:  Unassigned
Sergeant:  Ronald Watson
Detective:  Tommie Wright
Detective:  Jamie Summers

What is Internal Affairs?

The mission of Internal Affairs is to review officer involved critical incidents and investigate complaints received on sworn and non-sworn employees of the East Orange Police Department. Critical incidents include officer involved shootings, pursuits resulting in serious injury, or any incident resulting in serious injury or death of a person, regardless of any allegations of misconduct. In addition, all complaints of misconduct, whether received from residents or Department employees, are thoroughly investigated by Internal Affairs to ensure the integrity of the East Orange Police Department.

Protection of the Public

The residents of East Orange have the right to receive fair, efficient and impartial law enforcement. Any misconduct by department employees must first be detected, then thoroughly investigated, and finally, properly adjudicated to assure the highest standards of conduct.

Protection of the Department

The East Orange Police Department is often judged by the conduct of its individual employees. It is imperative that the whole organization not be criticized because of the misconduct of a few. An informed public must have confidence that its police department honestly and fairly investigates and adjudicates all allegations of misconduct against its employees.

Protection of the Employee

Employees must be protected against false and misinformed allegations of misconduct. This can only be accomplished through a consistently thorough investigative process.

Who May Make a Complaint?

Citizens and non-citizens alike may make complaints of inappropriate behavior or misconduct by members of the East Orange Police Department.

How do I Make a Complaint?

Complaints against employees of the East Orange Police Department may be made by phone, E-Mail your complaint to any staff personnel, by letter, or in person.* You may first contact the employee's supervisor, or take the complaint directly to the Police Headquarters Front Desk, or the Internal Affairs Division. The address,  E-Mail and telephone numbers for making complaints are listed below:*

 

East Orange Police Department
61 North Munn Avenue
East Orange, New Jersey, 07017

To   Click on Envelope *

Manager

Captain Tony Cook

Lieutenant Bart Haverty 
 

Detective Tommy Wright

Sergeant Ronald Watson

 

For Additional Information

Desk Lieutenant  -  973-266-5022-5023
Internal Affairs P.S.U. -  973-266-5020
Main Telephone # - 973-266-5000-5001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Happens Next?

Once a complaint has been filed with Internal Affairs, it is reviewed and assigned a classification based on the nature of the allegation. The most serious allegations, such as those involving criminal misconduct, excessive force resulting in injury requiring professional medical attention, and serious violations of policy, rules and regulations, are categorized. All other complaints that are generally less serious in nature, are categorized according to the violations of the Department's policy, rules and regulations. These may include improper language, inadequate service, excessive force without injury requiring treatment, and negligent damage or loss of property. Other complaints are classified as Administrative Complaints. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the allegation may be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office for final disposition or adjudicated internally by the Internal Affairs Division. 


Investigations Can Have the Following Outcomes:

Unfounded: The investigation indicates the acts complained of did not occur or did not involve East Orange Police Personnel.

Exonerated: The investigation indicates the alleged act's did occur but were within the policies, procedures and guidelines as set forth by the Department.

Not Sustained: The investigation failed to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegations made.

Sustained: The investigation discloses sufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegation made in the complaint.

When a complaint against an officer is sustained, the report is sent to the Commander of the involved officer for appropriate action. Discipline for infractions can occur in the following manner:

• Training and/or counseling
• Reprimand - oral/written
• Suspension from duty without pay
• Termination from the Department

How Do I Commend an Officer?

The East Orange Police Department is committed to rewarding officers and employees for commendable actions and service. Officers make every effort to perform their duties in a competent, courteous and professional manner. Frequently, many officers exceed the expectations of the public by providing exceptional service that surpasses the norm. If you observe an officer performing their duties in a manner that you think is exceptional and reflects favorably upon the officer and the Department, then we encourage you to take a moment and tell us about it. 

Officers take great pride in being recognized by members of the public when they have performed their duties in an exceptional manner. Perhaps more importantly, officers who receive such accolades and encouragement from the citizenry recognize how their efforts are appreciated. Such an encouraging atmosphere improves officer morale and encourages all officers to work harder to improve their individual performance and the quality of the services they provide to the public.

Anyone who feels that an employee has performed his or her duties in a particularly courteous, helpful or competent manner may commend the employee by:

  • * Writing a letter directed to the employee, the employee's supervisor, or the Chief of Police at:

  •    East Orange Police Department
       61 North Munn Avenue
       East Orange, N.J. 07017

  • * Phone the commendation to: 973-266-5050

  • * E-mail the commendation:
     

* Be sure to obtain the employee's name, employee badge number, the area of command he or she is assigned to, date and location of occurrence, nature of complaint or type of commendable action or service. Commendations and complaints become a part of the employee's personnel file.
 


What to Do If You Are Stopped by a Police Officer

Frequently in the course of carrying out their duties in law enforcement, it becomes necessary for police officers to stop a person and make an inquiry such as:

  • What is your name?

  • What is your address?

  • Do you have any identification?

  • But sometimes a very routine encounter may cause a person to feel intimidated or to respond in a manner which gives rise to conflict or suspicion.

The East Orange Police Department strives to provide service to everyone in the community fairly and equally. We hope that the information on this page will be helpful in explaining why an officer may have to stop and question a citizen and reduce elements of conflict when confronted by an officer. It will explain what to expect if a police officer stops you for questioning and also provide some guidelines on how to respond to the questioning process. You are cautioned, however, that this is not a legal advisory.

Why Question?

When law enforcement representatives question a person, there are underlying reasons. They may be checking out a complaint phoned into police by someone in the neighborhood. They may have received a report of some criminal activity which has just occurred in the area. Your presence might indicate that you are a potential witness who would be able to provide valuable information in an investigation. In some cases the officers’ observations might lead them to think you are having trouble and need assistance. The best way for them to clarify the situation is to ask questions. With all due respect to citizens’ rights, officers have a responsibility to properly investigate matters which may threaten public safety or involve breaking the law. Their questions are not necessarily an accusation, and your cooperative response can alleviate potential conflict.

If the Police Stop You . . . On the Street

Sometimes problems arise when it seems as if a police officer has stopped to question you for what appears to be no reason at all. Since the time factor may be crucial in investigating a possible crime, police officers are trained to observe and evaluate a situation and to act if they have a reasonable suspicion that you may in some way be involved in an incident. There are many factors that officers take into consideration in determining if they have a reasonable suspicion to stop and question someone. Every situation is different, but some factors they may consider are:

  • Police may have a minimal description of a suspect which you might resemble.

  • Your actions appear to be suspicious (i.e. running from an area where a crime has just been committed) and you act even more suspiciously when you see the police officer.

  • Someone may have pointed you out as a suspect.

  • Your forthright responses, if an officer does stop and question you, will usually quickly resolve the situation. If the officer hasn’t told you why you have been stopped, you may inquire. If, despite these considerations, you feel that you do not want to respond, the officer must respect your right not to answer. However, your cooperation would be most helpful in aiding a police investigation.

If the Police Stop You . . . In Your Car

A traffic stop is one of the most frequent encounters between citizens and police. Usually, police officers will pull a vehicle over if they have reason to believe that some offense has occurred. You may feel anxious, irritated at the delay, or concerned about a possible citation. However, officers are also concerned about possible threats to their personal safety while performing their duties. The following recommended procedures will ensure that the traffic stop can be completed quickly and safely.

  • When signaled by an officer, safely pull over to a place out of traffic flow.

  • Sit calmly, with your hands visible on the steering wheel. If you have passengers, ask them to sit quietly with their hands visible. (Avoid sudden movements or ducking in the seat; these actions can unnecessarily alarm the officer.

  • If it is night, turn on your inside light when you pull the car over. For safety reasons, the officer will want to visually scan the car’s interior before proceeding.

  • Do not get out of your car unless the officer asks you to step out. If you are asked to do so, comply in a calm manner.

  • A sure way to put an officer at ease is to communicate your actions in advance by telling the officer what you will be doing before you move. Also, you can ask to see the officer’s identification.

  • If requested, you must give the officer your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Tell the officer where it is before reaching for it - especially if it is tucked away in the glove box or some other unusual place.

If the Police Come to Your Door

Usually if a police officer knocks on your door, it is for one of the following reasons:

  • To interview you or a member of your household as a witness to an incident that is being investigated.

  • To make a notification.

  • To serve an arrest warrant.

  • To serve a search and seizure warrant.

  • Whenever police come to your door, they should willingly provide identification and state their purpose for being there. However, when serving a warrant, officers may dispense with the knock and announce requirement if they believe some emergency circumstances exist which necessitate a speedy or unannounced entry. Examples of such circumstances include, but are not limited to, protection of life or the possibility that evidence might be destroyed. If the officers have a warrant, you may ask to see a copy of it. Although, if it is an arrest warrant, it is not necessary for the warrant to be in the officers’ possession for them to make an arrest. You must comply with the warrant and admit the officers into your house.

An arrest warrant commands a police officer to arrest the person named in the warrant. An arrest warrant permits the entry into a suspect's residence to look for the suspect when there is reason to believe the suspect is in the residence. A search and seizure warrant is a document supported by an affidavit and signed by a judge commanding a police officer to search a specifically named premise for the property or person described in the warrant. The officer will provide the resident with a copy of the warrant after reading the contents of the warrant to them. Once the search is completed, a list of the property seized will be provided.

An officer may execute a search and seizure warrant at any time of the day (unless a specific time frame is specified on the warrant). The owner/occupant does not have to be present. When this occurs, a copy of the warrant and inventory will be left at the residence in a conspicuous location.

Police officers may conduct a search without a warrant in certain situations. Two main examples of when this might occur would be in situations involving the emergency circumstances noted above or searches done with the consent of a person have authority over the property. If you consent to a search, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time during the search. Just clearly tell the officers that you wish the search to stop.

Generally, Police Officers Will . . .

  • Provide their name (s) upon request.

  • If in plain clothes, identify themselves when taking action.

  • Inform a person about the reason for being stopped or questioned.

  • Only use the amount of force necessary to effect the arrest of a suspect. Excessive force is not tolerated by the East Orange Police Department.


Final Note

Law enforcement, by its very nature, is often an unpleasant business. Police officers deal with many dangerous and desperate criminals in a climate of negativity, animosity and resentment of 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 East Orange Police Department provide for the residents of East Orange each and every day. Much more often, police officers interact with the public in a productive and helpful service, where their professionalism, courtesy and courage are always appreciated and valued. 

The East Orange Police Department recognizes that mistakes may be made and the actions of our officers may fall short of expectancy. The Department has established rules and regulations and standing operating procedures governing the professional and personal conduct of employees and acceptable work performance standards. These guidelines are designed to protect the well-being and the rights of all citizens and employees. The Office of Internal Affairs (Professional Standards Unit) will thoroughly investigate all complaints of misconduct by employees regardless of the foundation. Anyone who files a complaint will be treated with courtesy and respect.
 

Directions to

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NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE (I-95)
I-95 to I-280 West (Exit 15W).
I-280 to Clinton Street/East Orange exit.
Right at North Walnut Street. At next light make right on Main Street.
Stay on Main Street bearing left at fork to North Arlington Avenue. Left on North Arlington to New Street (first block on right) make right turn on New Street to end of block. Police Station at the intersection of New Street and North Munn Avenue.

INTERSTATE 280
I-280 to Clinton Street/East Orange exit.
Make right on to North Walnut Street.
Stay on Main Street bearing left at fork to North Arlington Avenue. Left on North Arlington to New Street, (first block on right) make right turn on New Street to end of block. Police Station at the intersection of New Street and North Munn Avenue.

GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTH
Garden State Parkway North to Exit 145, "I-280/The Oranges."
Just past Toll booth, keep right at the fork in the ramp.
Stay straight to go onto Winthrop Terrace.
At light, turn left onto South Grove Street
Stay on South Grove Street to second light and turn left onto Main Street.
Stay on Main Street and at second light turn right onto North Munn Avenue.
Past U.S. Post Office to second building on left side of roadway. Police station 61 North Munn Avenue.

GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTH to Exit 147, "East Orange/Springdale Avenue."
Merge onto Parkway Drive.
Take Parkway Drive and make right at next light onto North Arlington Avenue.
Take North Arlington Avenue going thru two traffic lights (Park Avenue & William Street). Make left turn on New Street to end of block. Police Station at the intersection of New Street and North Munn Avenue.

INTERSTATE 78
I-78 to Garden State Parkway North.
Follow directions cited above for Garden State Parkway North.

I-80 EAST
Take I-80 East to I-280 East
Merge onto I-280 E and take the exit towards Harrison St/Clinton St/E. Orange.
Merge onto Freeway Dr E.
Take Freeway Dr E. to South Arlington Avenue.
Turn Left onto South Arlington Avenue.
South Arlington Avenue will turn into North Arlington Avenue. Take North Arlington Avenue to New Street (second block on right) make right turn on New Street to end of block. Police Station at the intersection of New Street and North Munn Avenue. 

I-80 WEST
Take I-80 West to I-280 East
Follow directions cited above I-80 East.

FROM NEW YORK CITY
Take the George Washington Bridge or the Lincoln tunnel to the New Jersey Turnpike.
Leave the NJ Turnpike at Exit 15W.
Follow directions cited above for Interstate 280 West

 

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