Passaic County prosecutor assumes oversight of Paterson police division that investigates misconduct | Paterson Times

Passaic County prosecutor assumes oversight of Paterson police division that investigates misconduct


The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office assumed the responsibility for the internal affairs functions of the Paterson police department, announced New Jersey attorney general Gurbir Grewal and Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes on Tuesday morning.

Valdes’s office will have full oversight of the Internal Affairs Division, which is tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct against police officers.

“The people of Paterson deserve a police department worthy of their trust,” said Grewal. “They deserve to know that allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. With today’s action, the Prosecutor’s Office will ensure that happens.”

The announcement comes after two police officers — Kevin Patino and Kendry Tineo-Restituyo – were charged with assaulting a victim and filing a false police report. In all, 10 Paterson police officers have been charged or convicted of corruption since 2018.

Grewal’s announcement states the move will “ensure that current and future investigations are conducted thoroughly and fairly, and that officers who engage in misconduct are held accountable for their actions.”

Both the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability will conduct a historical review of the city’s police internal affairs investigations to determine whether some cases might need to be reopened and re-investigated. At the end of the review, both agencies will make recommendations to improve internal affairs functions at the police department.

“We look forward to an expansive analysis of the needs of the department, from infrastructure to police practices to personnel. There is no better place to continue the important work of reform and restoration than the Internal Affairs Unit,” said Valdes.

Mayor Andre Sayegh welcomed the move.

“It aligns with my vision for more transparent and accountable police department,” said Sayegh. He said he also recently testified before a state legislative committee in support of a civilian review board to oversee the police force.

Valdes’ office will also review all criminal matters in which the two accused officers signed complaints, handled evidence, testified in proceedings or provided information leading to arrest, complaints, and indictments. Any exculpatory evidence uncovered will be disclosed to the defendants and the court.

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Updated 12:50 p.m.

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  • J. Brown.

    In other words. Nothing gonna happen.

    • Lueminattibenz

      Well this time they got the wrong demographic they fucked with Political Action Commitee and their lawyers .
      those lawyers in passaic county for the cops are going to lose this one. Dirty police union alex cruz the fbi has your ticket buddy the real law enforcers God be god be Great god be almighty all glory to God .


        The FBI is just as crooked as the rest of them. They gave the ANTIFA/BLM terrorists free reign to burn loot and murder while they illegally tried to take down Trump and the patriots of January 6th who are hunted down like dogs because of their support of our true President. Meanwhile Hunter Biden can smoke crack with underage prostitutes and sell access to Senile Joe to the Chinese and he gets a pass too.

        • John


  • HankMorgan

    I guess the IA officers hadn’t been “holding themselves to the highest standards possible.” = )

  • DaMan

    maybe this helps clean it up…hope is not just political play


      Don't hold your breath they're all corrupt.


    The Prosecutor's Office is just as corrupt as the police department.

  • Resident41

    This is not good. They’re probably doing that to insured that next time they screw up the feds don’t step in again. Those 2 clowns are goin to do fed time for sure. Had the prosecutor office been in there, nothing would had happened. I don’t know if things have changed but the prosecutor’s office a few years ago was one of the top most corrupted around. They even had officers that got caught stealing and reselling drugs from the evidence room.

    • WakeUpPaterson

      Resident41 You are 100% correct. That is just their way of preventing the Feds from being involved because they know that all the departments are corrupt all the way to the State. Mayor is their poster boy, and they will not let him fall, even if he took candy from a kid in front of a nun

  • WakeUpPaterson

    So the Attorney General makes a decision to take over internal affairs and the Mayor decides to take the credit ….“It aligns with my vision for more transparent and accountable police department,” said Sayegh." So why didn't you do this all along. I am sure if you requested it to the Passaic County they would have done it back in 2018. Why didn't you request this when the first few cops were picked up by the FBI in 2018. Politics at its best. Typical Mayor Sayegh, I didn't do anything and was too busy taking Facebook pictures, now someone did something, but I'll take the credit for it.

  • John

    How about Patersonians put most of the blane.on Patersonians. Why do low.lives always put the blame.on officials after the perp acted as an animal.