RED BANK: CHIEF OK WITH INTERNAL PROBES

Police Chief Steve McCarthy says his department reviews training on the handling of citizen complaints “almost on a yearly basis.” (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank police have been the subject of 11 allegations of excessive force in the last three years, according to information published Tuesday.

The figure, which includes 10 citizen complaints and one “agency” investigation initiated by department leadership, is included in a roundup of internal affairs reports submitted by local police departments statewide to the state Attorney General’s office. The data was released by New Jersey Public Radio and is searchable on the website of radio station WNYC.

The release was one of two reports on police self-investigation in New Jersey issued Tuesday. The other, by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, found “persistent problems” in the handling of internal affairs inquiries.

Red Bank is not identified as a town with problems in either report.

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