BREAKING NEWS: A Port Authority lieutenant has accepted a 10-day unpaid suspension, a sergeant will be transferred from a plum assignment back to patrol and nine additional officers are being disciplined for their roles in an alcohol-fueled, post-graduation bash in Hoboken this past summer, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Nine of the veteran officers being disciplined will be transferred out of the police academy back to their original commands, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.
A sergeant who attended the party — and who currently is assigned to a position at PAPD headquarters known as a “Chief’s Pick” — will be transferred back to patrol, the sources said.
A lieutenant who was the highest-ranking supervisor at the party has chosen to accept a 10-day unpaid suspension and a transfer for failing to supervise the disorderly officers, they said.
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The moves come less than a week after nine probationary police officers were fired and three more were suspended in connection with the the Aug. 22 incident at Texas Arizona Bar and Grill, near the NJ Transit Hoboken Terminal and PATH station. READ MORE….
“We will decline comment,” Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman responded in an email.
Instead, he issued a release (1:32 p.m.):
“The Port Authority announced today that it has suspended all non-mandatory training at its Jersey City-based Police Academy, pending a top-to-bottom review of its operations and training practices.
“The decision to suspend training was made based on past and ongoing investigations conducted by the agency’s Office of the Inspector General. Eleven officers assigned to the academy – including a lieutenant – have been transferred effective immediately to other Port Authority commands.
“In light of these developments and other concerns, the Port Authority is examining the entire candidate selection and training process to ensure that every stage is fair, focused, inclusive and effective in producing officers with the skills and character necessary to carry out the critical mission of the Port Authority Police Department.
“During the review, the academy will continue to provide mandatory police firearms requalification training, Aircraft, Rescue, Firefighter training and domestic violence refresher training.
“No new Port Authority Police Department recruit classes will commence until the review is complete.”