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Letters to the Editor: Deptford Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Harassment

A couple of years ago, local news reported on the captioned officer being charged for Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault for allegedly strangling a woman during a  September 30, 2021, domestic violence incident.  A sample article is on-line here.

As for the outcome, I learned via an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office that Ford pleaded guilty on February 2, 2023,
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to a single, amended charge of Harassment, a petty disorderly persons offense.  The Judgement of Conviction is on-line here.

The officer was sentenced to no jail, probation or fine, but had to pay a $50 assessment to the Violent Crimes Compensation Board and a $75 assessment to the Safe Neighborhoods Safe Services Fund for $125.  He was, however, ordered to forfeit his public office.
John Paff
New Jersey Open Government Advocacy