Secaucus PD suspended 2 cops in 2023: 1 for misuse of vehicle, 1 for excessive OT


The Secaucus Police Department suspended just two officers in 2023, one for failure to report a crash, as well as for using a cruiser as his personal vehicle, and one for submitting a pay slip for excessive overtime, their annual major discipline report says.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On May 25, 2023 the Captain failed to immediately report a minor single vehicle MV Crash with a police vehicle or remain at scene of the crash, which he was required to do by policy,” according to the incident description for Capt. Scott Coar, who was suspended for 10 days.

“On divers[e] dates throughout April & May 2023, 32 days in total, the Captain took and used an unmarked police vehicle (Car #16) as his personal vehicle, without authorization.”

Police Officer Michael Borrelli was issued a 22-day suspension for submitting an overtime slip that allowed him to be paid for four hours he did not work.

“On June 2, 2023 Detective Borrelli submitted an overtime slip for an Extra Duty Job that falsely represented the time he actually performed the work, which allowed him to get four hours additional pay based on that misrepresentation.”

In Hudson County, Secaucus was in the lower tier for police discipline issued last year, though the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kearny, East Newark, Harrison, and Weehawken Police Departments did not report any.

The Guttenberg Police Department saw two officers resign to avoid discipline, with one officer each getting suspended in the North Bergen and West New York Police Departments, respectively, while three officers from the Union City Police Department were suspended.

Similar, the Hoboken Police Department had one officer resign to avoid discipline, suspending two others.

Additionally, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office suspended four officers in 2023, the Bayonne Police Department disciplined five officers, four of which resigned.

The Jersey City Police Department suspended 12 officers last year, one of which forfeited their job after pleading guilty to domestic violence, while the Hudson County Correctional Facility fired three corrections officers (a fourth avoided termination) and suspended eight other COs.

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