By Yadira Betances
LAWRENCE — Jay Jackson, chief of the Lawrence Auxiliary Police has been "relieved of his duties" pending the results of an in-house investigation, interim Police Chief James Fitzpatrick announced today.
"I cannot elaborate because the inquiry is not complete," said Fitzpatrick.
Reached by phone this morning, Jackson declined to comment on the investigation and said he is speaking with a lawyer today.
Fitzpatrick said Jackson was actually relieved of his duties yesterday, after a verbal briefing from command staff on the status of an in-house inquiry.
"I cannot elaborate because the inquiry is not complete," said Fitzpatrick, who was named interim chief by Mayor William Lantigua on Tuesday following the retirement of Chief John J. Romero.
Fitzpatrick said he did not know if Romero had worked on the investigation before leaving.
Fitzpatrick could not comment on whether the investigation is related to an internal affairs investigation last year. Jackson was disciplined after several men he supervised complained of sexual harassment.
In addition, the officers, some of whom had resigned or were dismissed from the force before filing the complaint, said Jackson did not provide them required training, left violent incidents he happened upon while on patrol and gave promotions, the best equipment and preferred shifts to officers he favored.
Jackson has been auxiliary chief for 26 out of the 40 years he has been with the auxiliary force.