NEWARK - As News 12 New Jersey reported last night, the vice operations of the Newark Police Department are frozen, aside from those approved by Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
The operations were frozen following a questionable investigation of a prostitution ring.
Director Samuel DeMaio says an undercover officer's actions, while alone with a suspected prostitute, crossed the line. The officer ended up naked with the masseuse at Spa 168. DeMaio says the situation uncovered a serious shortcoming in training.
All officers involved in the investigation have been placed on administrative duties.
The names of the officers involved are not being released because they may be returning to undercover work once the investigation and vice training are complete.
Newark police cease some undercover vice operations