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Public Safety Building
2715 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
ACPD INTERNAL AFFAIRS
1301 Bacharach Blvd, Room #505
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Monday – Friday 8a to 4p
FAX# (609) 347-5346
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The Atlantic City Police Department is committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. Toward that end, officers are held to the highest standards of official conduct and are expected to respect the rights of all citizens.
Officers' adherence to these standards, motivated by a moral and professional obligation to perform their job to the best of their ability, is the ultimate objective of this agency.
The Internal Affairs process shall also be used to identify and correct unclear or inappropriate agency procedures. In addition, it will highlight organizational conditions that may contribute to any misconduct, such as poor selection and recruitment procedures or inadequate training and supervision of officers.
It is the policy of the Atlantic City Police Department to accept and investigate all complaints of alleged officer misconduct or wrongdoing from any internal agency, external agency, citizen and/or anonymous source(s). Following a thorough and impartial examination of the available factual information, the investigation against the officer shall receive one of the following dispositions: administratively closed, exonerated, sustained, not sustained, or unfounded. Discipline shall be administered according to the degree of misconduct and any prior disciplinary action.
Dispositions may include:
- Exonerated: The alleged incident did occur but the actions of the officer were justified,legal, and proper.
- Sustained: The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the allegation, and the actions of the officer violated a provision of the agency's rules and regulations or procedures.
- Not Sustained: The investigation failed to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation.
- Unfounded: The alleged incident did not occur.
If the charge(s) is sustained, you may be required to testify in a Departmental or Administrative Hearing.
If you wish to start the complaint process, visit the Internal Affairs Office located at 1301 Bacharach Boulevard, Room #505, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
Internal Affairs accepts 3rd party and anonymous complaints.
NOTE: It is a criminal offense to provide a statement that you do not believe to be true.
Any citizen who believes that a police officer has violated the law, his/her rights, or the rights of another, may make a complaint.
CONSIDERING A CAREER WITH THE ATLANTIC CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT?
All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, marital or Veteran status, medical condition or handicap, or any other status protected by law. The City of Atlantic City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
You must be a resident of Atlantic City as stated in City of Atlantic City Ordinance Chapter 56-9. “All applicants who apply for appointment to the City Fire and Police Departments must be residents of the City of Atlantic City for four years prior to making application for either department.”
In addition to the City of Atlantic City residency requirement, the Atlantic City Police Department uses the testing and certification of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (NJCSC).
In order to be considered for employment as an Atlantic City Police Officer in an entry-level law enforcement position, candidates must pass a written exam called the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE). Those who pass will remain in the eligible pool for two years. A date for the next announcement of the entry-level law enforcement exam (LEE) has not been determined.
Please check with the NJCSC (609) 292-4144, City of Atlantic City Human Resource Office (609) 347-5425 or the Atlantic City Police Department (609) 347-5709 periodically for information concerning the next announcement.
When beginning the application process with the NJCSC, it is very important for your application to be complete. The NJCSC will be happy to provide you with step-by-step instructions to complete this application process by calling the Civil Service Commission Information Center (609) 292-4144.
Minimally eligible candidates must be:
- A United States Citizen
- Resident of Atlantic City as stated in City of Atlantic City Ordinance Chapter 56-9. “All applicants who apply for appointment to the City Fire and Police Departments must be residents of the City of Atlantic City for four years prior to making application for either department.”
- 18 Years of age and no older than 35 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent General Education Development (GED) certificate
- Possess a valid New Jersey Driver's License
The NJCSC test is a test designed to provide all applicants with an equal opportunity to compete and is only one objective tool in the overall process. The test is based on the knowledge and abilities that are required to perform the title of police officer. Test scores are used to identify qualified candidates.
NOTE: Cellular phone, pagers, recording devices and other such electronic items are strictly prohibited from the testing site. You will be disqualified for possessing any of these items inside the testing site.
Once the NJCSC provides the City of Atlantic City with the results of the test, you must then complete a rigorous background investigation which will include a verification of qualifying credentials, review of any criminal record, and verification of at least three personal references.
Once you have successfully completed the background investigation, you will be given an offer of employment and sent for a medical exam, which will include a drug screening and psychological exam prior to appointment.
Upon appointment you will be sent to the police academy for training, which will include a physical agility test. YOU MUST pass all required training during the academy process which may be a residential or non-residential training program that takes approximately 22 weeks.
WHAT IF I AM A POLICE OFFICER IN ANOTHER CITY OR TOWN, CAN I TRANSFER TO THE ATLANTIC CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT LATERALLY?
The answer is No but we do reserve the right to participate. Neither the Atlantic City Police Department nor the Atlantic City Fire Department currently participates in the "Inter-Governmental Transfer Program." You must take the NJCSC test and must be a resident as stated in City of Atlantic City Ordinance Chapter 56-9.
“All applicants who apply for appointment to the City Fire and Police Departments must be residents of the City of Atlantic City for four years prior to making application for either department.” Pursuant NJSA 40A:14-180 and NJAC 4A:4-3.9 and 3.10 eligible candidates may be selected from the Special Employment List, commonly known as the “Rice” list, or the Inter-Governmental Transfer Program.
For more information you can contact: the Civil Service Commission Information Center (609) 292-4144, City of Atlantic City Human Resource Office (609) 347-5425 or Atlantic City Police Department (609) 347-5709.
To promote public safety; to prevent, suppress and investigate crimes; to provide emergency and non-emergency services; to create and maintain strong community partnerships; to adapt a multi-disciplinary approach to solving community problems; and to develop and promote a diverse, professional workforce.
The Atlantic City Police Department will commit its resources in partnership with the community to promote a safe and secure environment, free from crime and the fear of crime, to maintain order and provide for the safe and expeditious flow of traffic while practicing our core values of integrity, respect, service and fairness.
In 2016, the Atlantic City Police Department was unanimously approved for re-accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police did a full inspection of the police department over several days in early March.
They examined all aspects of the Atlantic City Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The department needed to show proof of over 400 requirements, which were all met.
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
Accreditation is a progress and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.
Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verifies that the applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has pursued the concept and development of a voluntary statewide law enforcement accreditation program for New Jersey which has resulted in the formation of the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, consisting of commissioners with the overall responsibility of adoption of program standards, as well as review of all assessment reports and approval of all recommendations for the granting of accredited status of applicant agencies.
The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of New Jersey's law enforcement agencies best reflect compliance with the standards contained in this program.
Policy and procedure based on Accreditation will not insure mistake-free policing or a crime-free environment for citizens. Nor will it ensure an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies and executives.
However, comprehensive and effective leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete, and obtainable, and based on standards that reflect professional best practices.
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Public Safety Building
2715 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ.