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Cop's Firing Upheld in Appellate Court

Officer terminated in 2002 for allegedly causing 'unnecessary risk' during high-speed pursuit.

A former Parsippany Police officer removed from his job for issues surrounding alleged "incompetency" and "conduct unbecoming an officer" during an incident in 2001 will not get his job back.

On Thursday, an appellate division of the Superior Court of New Jersey upheld an adminstrative law judge's 2008 decision to stand by the township's decision to fire Michael Jasiecki following his actions in connection with a motor vehicle pursuit on Oct. 5, 2001.

Jasiecki, who joined the PPD in 1991, reportedly involved himself in a multi-jurisdictional pursuit of a suspect even though he was not asked to do so by his supervisor or by the initiating jurisdiction. The former officer allegedly "engaged in pursuit tactics that violated department policy" and "caused unnecessary risk to the general public, other law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit and the suspect."

In addition, the court found Jasiecki violated department rules and regulations by engaging in "pursuit tactics at a high rate of speed" and failing "to exercise good judgment."  

Jasiecki was removed from his post  on Aug. 13, 2002, for "incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties," conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty and misuse of public property including a motor vehicle.

Administrative Law Judge Margaret M. Monaco heard Jasiecki's first appeal and ruled in 2008 that the PPD was justified in firing him.

Under state law, any further appeal had to go through the courts, and the latest appeal ended with today's ruling by Judges Ronald Graves, Jonathan N. Harris and Ellen Koblitz in Essex County.

Nicholas Robert Homyak February 02, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Why are police still doing this high speed chase stuff? Very dangerous. Once you get the plate number, or radio ahead. The culprit can be taken later. Too many movies or too bored with the job. There is allot to police work like quality of life issues its not all fighting criminals.
Mike February 02, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Just remember when it's time to decide who is running for mayor...Carifi's brother will be running and then there will be a new police chief...his brother...running the police department. The Carifi's know all the loopholes in the rules and then close them after they got what they wanted.
Scott Dean February 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Mike, just a question ? How were the Cariffi's involved with firing this officer 10 years ago.How about some accountability,it seems that there was a couple of violations that resulted in this officer from being let go. Just sayin
Tom Davis February 02, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Mike, let's be real. Again you must be a friend of our one term Mayor. The same Mayor that asked for leniency for a convicted drug dealer. The same people our police including Mr. Carifi protect us from. So I take it you support and want someone one to lead our community who wants to help drug dealers get back out on the street vs. someone who helps protect us from them. Maybe you and Barberio can become pen pals for criminalls in 2014 when he's out of office.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Nick. you never know if the pursuit is worth it or to break it off. If the guy is running from you then there is a 50 50 chance if you get him now you will do some greater good rather than breaking off the chase and hoping to catch him later. There is no correct answer, it is all luck. If you are chasing someone and he has a kidnapped child in the car you didn't know about and you break off the chase. And a week later the child is found dead. Breaking off the chase was not the thing to do. Your statement is wrong and ignorant. - former agent.

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