A Washington Township Police Officer correctly answered five out of five questions about filing complaints against police.
The Washington Township Police Department was one of 121 in New Jersey that got a "perfect score" in a recent test from the ACLU. Volunteers from the ACLU called almost 500 police departments across the state and asked five questions about residents filing complaints against police, according to a report released last week. When a volunteer called Washington Township Police, the officer who answered the call answered all the questions correctly, according to the report. Police Chief Randy Ciocco said that the department has spent a lot of time "to get the whole internal affairs process down pat." "If there's a complaint, our officers are trained to take it," Ciocco said. "I'm very happy that whoever took the call did the right thing." …
The ACLU says that many local police don't know the rules for residents to file complaints against them.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, February 12
The system for citizens to file complaints against police "is riddled with problems," according to a report on WNYC.org. State law protects residents who make complaints over police behavior and allows for complaints to be made anonymously. New Jersey Public Radio and the ACLU found that many local police officers apparently do not know the rules for residents to file complaints, according to the report. The ACLU called 497 police departments in New Jersey and asked officers questions about filing complaints. More than half the departments answered at least one question incorrectly, according to the report. 51 departments did not get a single question right. A list of departments whose officers answered everything correctly is available …