Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jersey City police investigated for corruption involving private security

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New Jersey NJ Dec 28 2016
Private Officer News Staff
A Federal corruption investigation is continuing against a dozen or more city police officers accused of corruption involving private security work.
So far, the investigation has identified at least one former Jersey City police officer and now its focus has widened and others could be charged soon.
Area sources say that some police officers have been expecting the arrests for months, and the Jersey City Police Department is cooperating with federal officials to identify any officers involved, according to an NBC4 New York report.
Police working private security jobs is nothing new but when a group of officers allegedly ran their own security operation and demanded immediate cash only payments from their clients, it raised more than a few red flags.
While Jersey City police officers can work security jobs while off duty, there is a requirement that the private business must hire and pay the officers through the city administration and pay extra administrative fees to the city.
Some off-duty officers were paid even though they did not show up at sites where private security is required, such as construction zones and utility work, according to the report.
While most cops across the country are allowed to work security jobs while off-duty and some areas do require that they be hired through the police department or that they maintain a security company license and their own insurance, many officers skirt those requirements by taking cash and not reporting the income to their supervisors or on their taxes.
Jersey City Spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill has made earlier statements to the press that the on-going investigation is a joint operation between the city and federal investigators.
"Over the last three years this administration has initiated and worked with federal authorities in several investigations to root out corruption by long term city employees," Morrill told the publication. "We have a zero tolerance policy and employees should be aware that if they break the law they will be held accountable."

The Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association also released a statement: "The JCPOBA will not speculate on this matter, but will remain focused on the ongoing efforts of our members to keep Jersey City residents safe."

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