Campus Police update: Decision postponed; new technology installed

Campus Police Lawsuit

The next step in a lawsuit involving six Campus Police officers has been postponed.

In the case Lorenzo Shockley, Wayne Evans and Armond Harris v. The College of New Jersey, Raymond Scully, Matthew Mastrisimone and Kevin McCullough, the motion for summary judgment scheduled for Dec. 2 has been delayed indefinitely, according to Darlene Duffy, secretary to Judge Darlene Pereksta, who is overseeing the case. The decision will decide whether or not enough evidence exists for the case to go to trial in Mercer County Superior Court.

Officer Shockley and Security Officers Evans and Harris filed a civil lawsuit driven by allegations of race-based discrimination. The suit was filed in June 2008 against the College, Sergeant Raymond Scully and Officers Mastrisimone and McCullough.

New Technology

Thanks to a new electronic finger-printing device, background investigations on campus are literally a snapshot away.

The device, which was installed on Nov. 9 at the College, enables Campus Police to send photographs, fingerprints and other information of individuals brought in for indictable offences to the state and federal government, according to Chief John Collins.

Campus Police is one of six state college police departments to receive the technology via a $25,831 grant from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Collins said.

Due to the uniform live scan system the device uses, facial recognition provides instantaneous hits if the person photographed and fingerprinted is wanted.

According to Collins, the department is excited to work with the new technology.

“Anytime you get a new technology, cops are happy,” he said.

Katie Brenzel can be reached at brenzel2@tcnj.edu.