Manchester Cop Suspended For Unauthorized and Unreported Motorcycle Chase

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday released its annual Major Discipline Report for 2022, which lists all police officers in the state who have faced serious disciplinary measures.

Of the local police departments, only Manchester Township’s had an officer who faced major discipline in 2022.

According to the report, Ptl. John Decker was suspended for a cumulative 96 days over an unauthorized vehicle pursuit he engaged in.

The report says that in September of 2021, Decker engaged in an unreported and unauthorized pursuit of a motorcycle. During the pursuit, Ptl. Decker pursued the motorcycle through a residential neighborhood. In doing so, Ptl. Decker violated multiple Manchester Police General Orders.

The conduct occurred in 2021, but the investigation was completed in 2022. Ptl. Decker was suspended for a total of 48 days and was required to forfeit 48 days of accumulated personal, sick, compensatory, and/or vacation time.

The Lakewood, Jackson, Howell, Toms River, and Brick police departments were not named in the report.

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