Professional Standards

Internal Affairs 

The members of the Belmar Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Belmar Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures are designed to ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement officers:

1. Reports or Complaints of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted from any person, including anonymous sources, at any time.

2. Complaints shall be accepted regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status of the complaining party.

3. Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.

4. You might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information or documents.

5. All complaints against law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be kept informed of the status of the investigation and its ultimate outcome, if requested, and you provide contact information. The exact discipline imposed is confidential, but you will be advised of the ultimate finding, namely:

• Sustained: A preponderance of the evidence shows an officer violated any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.

• Unfounded: A preponderance of the evidence shows that the alleged misconduct did not occur.

Exonerated: A preponderance of the evidence shows the alleged conduct did occur but did not violate any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.

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


6. If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the count prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.

7. If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.

8. If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.

9. Internal affairs investigations are confidential, and all disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing.

10. You may call Lieutenant Gregory Desserich at 732-681-1700 ext. 510 with any additional information or any questions about the case.


Below are Civilian Complaint Information Sheets in different languages if needed

Belmar PD Recruitment Plan

T & U Visa Procedures

Early Warning Policy

Drug Testing Policy

2018 Annual IA Summary Report

2019 Annual IA Summary Report

2020 Annual IA Summary Report

2020 Annual Major Discipline Report

2021 Annual IA Summary Report

2021 Annual Major Discipline Report

2022 Annual IA Summary Report

2022 Annual Major Discipline Report

2023 Annual IA Summary Report

2023 Annual Major Discipline Report


To access the Citizen Complaint Form and Information Sheet, choose from any of the following languages:

English Citizen Complaint Form English Information Sheet                    
Spanish: Formulario de Queja Ciudadano Español Spanish: Hoja de información de denuncia ciudadana 
Arabic: نموذج شكوى مواطن إسباني Arabic: ورقة معلومات شكاوى المواطنین
Chinese: 西班牙公民投诉表 Chinese: 公民投诉信息表 
Haitian: Fòm Plent Sitwayen Espayòl Haitian: Dokinan Enfòmasyon pou Plent Sitwayen
Hindi: स्पेनिश नागरिक शिकायत प्रपत्र Hindi: नाग􀇐रक 􀍧शकायत सूचना पत्र
Korean: 스페인 시민 불만 양식 Korean: 시민 불만 제기 정보 시트
Polish: Formularz skargi obywatela Hiszpanii Polish: Arkusz informacyjny skargi obywatelskiej
Portuguese: Formulário de reclamação do cidadão espanhol Portuguese: Ficha de informações de reclamação do cidadão
Tagalog: Form ng Reklamo ng Mamamayang Espanyol Tagalog: Papel ng Impormasyon Tungkol sa Reklamo ng Mamamayan
Vietnamese: Mẫu đơn khiếu nại của công dân Tây Ban Nha Vietnamese: Tờ Thông Tin Khiếu Nại dành cho Công Dân