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Few Details After Madison Police Officer is Placed on Leave

Case concerns veteran officer Iossa.

There are few details being released by the borough after a veteran Madison police officer was placed on administrative leave.

Madison Police Chief John K. Trevena ordered Sgt. Peter Iossa placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 28. That means Iossa continues to earn benefits and annual salary of $103,619 as a patrol sergeant and shift supervisor. He joined the force in July 1988 and was promoted to sergeant in November 2003. 

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Iossa could return to the force without the loss of accrued time for vacation and pension, said Borough Administrator Ray Codey.

Codey did not comment further.

Iossa, a 23-year veteran of the force, was honored this year by the state as the leader in drunk driving arrests in Morris County. He was earlier cited for heroism for helping save two children from drowning while on vacation at Point Pleasant in 2008.

Iossa did not return multiple phone calls from Patch seeking comment. Matt Giacobbe, an attorney for the borough, was not immediately available for comment. Union Local 92 of the P.B.A., which represents borough police officers, also did not immediately respond to messages.

Trevena in a phone call did not comment on the case, citing confidentiality requirements in borough personnel matters.

Madison Cyclist December 07, 2011 at 01:58 AM
This won't be good.
Tom M Riddle December 07, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Fact or Prediction?
Patrick Franklin December 07, 2011 at 04:25 AM
Hmm. "Paid Leave" is usually for non criminal issues. So most likely this won't be a repeat of the Detective last year or the Bingo caper from many moons ago (for all you old school Madisonians out there who remember).
Madison Station December 07, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Someone probably accused him of something, and as a precaution the department place him on paid administrative leave. It happens all the time in police work. People get arrested, then they make up stuff about the arresting officer in hopes it will somehow get them off. Just a guess...
Robert Harris December 07, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Without a doubt the best cop this town has ever had. Most decorated officer and is the only name I see in the paper for heroism, arrests and awards!!!
Madison Resident December 07, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Speaking as a long time Madison resident, I have dealt with this officer on numerous occasions both personal and professional. He has shown nothing but the utmost professional demeanor and knowledge of his job.
Larry Bruce December 07, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Strange how all you right wingers out there (who have plenty to say about teachers even getting paid at all) didn't have anything to say about the annual salary.
Steve Wells December 07, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Excellent point, Larry. The double standard is sickening. Then again, the same right-wingers who arrogantly say they stand for "family values" favor a Presidential candidate like Gingrich...so logic and consistency are hardly their strong suits.
Madison Cyclist December 07, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Teachers don't put their lives on the line. Cops are worth every cent they're paid.
Steve Wells December 07, 2011 at 02:58 PM
So should we RAISE their salaries? Pay teachers less and cops even MORE? And if it's a question of "lives on the line," then doesn't it stand to reason that NYC cops should get paid double what cops out here in the affluent burbs are instead of about half as much, which is the case now? Please, elaborate on your perspective with specifics.
Steve Wells December 07, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Not worth dignifying, Larry, The right will always resort to personal attacks rather than discuss an issue on its merits. Witness what Obama has had to put up with, starting with the specious birther issue. The irony is that even for someone making $103K a year, which isn't all that much any longer, the Repubs' agenda can only HURT him. What galls me though is how the right will still attack teachers when in most cases they make far less.
Stuart Chirls December 07, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Let's not make this a political thread or it will be locked. Thank you.
Larry Bruce December 07, 2011 at 04:00 PM
But it is political. What are you afraid of? And why didn't you answer the last email?
Tom M Riddle December 07, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Another story about a local issue that becomes a forum on Class Warfare and the Presidential Race. It's going to be a loooooooong 11 months. One side note, if he joined the force in 1998, he'd be a 13 year veteran. You might want to reread the Daily Record article that first broke this story.
Al Rooney December 07, 2011 at 05:32 PM
There is no need to turn a sad story like this into a political argument via a sounding board used by pugnacious people to insult others.
David Arthur December 07, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Steve...this is a "broken record" on your part and does nothing to generate a discussion on the issues at hand. Try putting out suggestions...not just complaints.
Steve Wells December 07, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Just defending teachers' worth and integrity, Brother Arthur. You and the rest of the BoE should be the leaders in this regard.
Patrick Franklin December 07, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Stuart, by entering the Police Supervisor's salary in the article (for no good reason) you made this into a political issue.
Tom M Riddle December 08, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Salary info was extraneous, but the 99%ers who want to turn the Patch into their own Virtual Zuccotti Park made it political with their completely off base comments about the value of one set of public servants versus another in a lame attempt to further their Class Warfare campaign.
Madison Station December 08, 2011 at 12:25 AM
The article on the Daily Record site is almost the same as the Patch article. If you're referring to the comments... well... those are comments. Half the comments probably came from people he arrested.
Madison Resident December 08, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Couldn't have said it better myself Madison Station!! Now for the rest of you, let it rest and go on with your lives and worry about more important things.

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