CLARK, NJ — The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into “credible allegations of misconduct,” authorities said Thursday.
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced the takeover in a joint statement. The release did not disclose what the specific allegations are.
The prosecutor's office will assume control of all law enforcement and internal affairs functions of the township's police department, the statement said. Union County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Harvey Barnwell has been named Officer-in-Charge, authorities said.
Barnwell will be assisted by Union County Prosecutor's Office Lt. Cassie Kim, who will assume responsibility for the department’s internal affairs unit, along with prosecutor's office Sgt. Andrew Dellaquilla, authorities said.
“The residents of Clark Township deserve police leaders that meet the highest standards of the profession," the statement said. "We will conduct a full inquiry into credible allegations of misconduct, and at the same time we will continue to work with our local partners to build greater trust between Clark’s law enforcement officers and the community they serve.”
According to the release, Grewal pledged full support to the investigation and to work with prosecutor's office to restore trust with local residents.
Ruotolo is exercising her supersession authority which permits the prosecutor, as the county’s chief law enforcement officer, to oversee the law enforcement responsibilities of local police departments within the county, authorities said.
A complete report of the prosecutor's office findings will be released to the public after the investigation is complete, according to Ruotolo.
Any resident with information related to the investigation is asked to contact Lieutenant Brian O’Malley of the UCPO Professional Standards Unit at 908-220-4323 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Dennis Donovan of the UCPO Special Prosecutions Unit at 732-232-2049 or email@example.com.
A call to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso was not immediately returned. TAPinto Clark will provide more information as it become available.
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