Officer Under Investigation is Step-Son of NJ Senator

Sgt. Rich Halverson, of the Atlantic City Police Department, is at the center of a criminal investigation

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Saturday, Mar 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:16 AM EDT
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An Atlantic City police sergeant is suspended from the force.Rich Halverson is the target of a criminal investigation. NBC10's Katy Zachry has details.

An Atlantic City police sergeant is suspended from the force.Rich Halverson is the target of a criminal investigation. NBC10's Katy Zachry has details.

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Tonight, we now know the identity of an Atlantic City police officer at the center of a criminal investigation.

Sgt. Rich Halverson was suspended from the force yesterday, according to his attorney Ed Jacobs.

Sgt. Halverson is the step-son of former Mayor Jim Whelan, who is now a New Jersey State Senator.

Senator Whelan confirmed to NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau reporter Ted Greenberg, who first broke this story earlier this evening, that his step-son had been suspended, but wouldn't say what the investigation is about.

Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee tells Greenberg he could not comment because the situation involved a "personnel matter."

The head of the Police Officer's Union tells NBC10's Katy Zachry that no other officers have been suspended or are part of this investigation. He also says it is up to police chief's discretion if an officer should be suspended during an investigation.

Halverson's attorney says the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is leading the investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Sgt. Halverson was featured in a story on NBC10 last month. He was chasing an armed robbery suspect at an Atlantic City motel when the man tried to escape and jumped through a glass window, bringing Halverson along with him.

Stay with NBC10.com for updates as we continue to learn more about this developing story.

 


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