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NJ police misconduct report released by Attorney General

Jun 13, 2023Jun 13, 2023

Law enforcement officers in Central Jersey were disciplined in 2022 for offenses ranging from sleeping on the job and insubordination to drunken driving arrests and allowing an inmate to escape from the hospital.

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has released its report on the number of major disciplines reported by law enforcement departments statewide.

The report includes disciplinary actions from state, county and local agencies between June 2020 and December 2022.

In that 18-month period, there were 1,014 total major disciplines reported to the Attorney General's Office, with 877 different officers receiving discipline. A total of 531 agencies submitted their reports, with 232 different agencies reporting at least one major discipline.

Statewide the report found that 212 officers were terminated, 818 were suspended and 32 demoted. Some officers received multiple types of discipline. The average length of suspension was nearly 38 days.

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In 2022, more officers were issued a major discipline than the previous year, though 2020 data does not account for the entire year. In 2022, 301 officers were suspended and 69 were terminated, compared to 278 and 62 in 2021.

In Central Jersey, there were 67 officers who faced major disciplinary action, including 10 corrections officers at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County.

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Contributing: reporter Liam Quinn

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