Target: Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent New Jersey State Police
Goal: Reinstate trooper removed from her job for conducting background checks.
A police officer was allegedly removed from her position for being “too good” at screening applicants for police jobs for illegal activity, according to a lawsuit recently filed by a whistleblower. This was apparently done in an effort to comply with Governor Christie’s demand to increase diversity in the ranks of the state police. Acting Sgt. Jaclyn Jiras’ job was to screen applicants to the New Jersey State Police for disqualifying factors such as being convicted of tax evasion or having ties to the street gang known as the Bloods.
Jiras told investigators that when she complained to higher-ups about the pressure to ignore red flags to increase diversity in the force, she was removed the position and told she was “too good” at her job. She further alleges she was denied a scheduled promotion as a result of her efforts to protect the force’s integrity. Demand Jiras’ claims are investigated and that she is reinstated, with the promotion, if they’re found to be true.
Dear Col. Fuentes,
According to a whistleblower, Acting Sgt. Jaclyn Jiras was forced out of her job to clear the way for less qualified applicants who would otherwise have been automatically disqualified. The whistleblower further claims that including such applicants was done in an effort to comply with Governor Christie’s demand that the state police diversify their ranks.
It’s doubtful Christie intended to include convicts and gang members as police recruits, but removing Jiras likely accomplished that. We demand Jiras is returned to her position with back pay and promotions if the allegations prove true.
[Your Name Here]
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