N.J. Cop Arrested For Domestic Violence Gets Thousands In Overtime Pay

Patrick Papagni overtime pay desk dutyA New Jersey police officer facing domestic-violence charges and placed on desk duty has been paid $6,200 in overtime during the three months after his arrest.

Patrick Papagni, a lieutenant with the Paterson Police Department, was placed on desk duty in October after being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon for allegedly pointing his gun at his girlfriend and dragging her out of her house, PatersonPress.com reports.

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By Jan. 15, Papagni had racked up $6,173.38 in overtime in addition to $1,619.22 in additional pay for working night shifts, the report said, citing city payroll records.

The case remains under investigation by the county prosecutor's office and charges haven't yet gone to a grand jury.

It isn't clear why Papagni was permitted to keep working and remain on the payroll despite the charges facing him.

The report notes that other officers within the department who have faced criminal charges were suspended, including one accused of possession of child pornography and another charged with official misconduct.

When asked why a police officer on desk duty would receive overtime, Police Director Glenn Brown said, "I'm not aware of any overtime," adding, "I haven't seen anything come across my desk for it."

PatersonPress.com reports that prior to being placed on desk duty, Papagni was a supervisor handling the police department's special events and extra duty assignments, and apparently is still in that position.

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Organized extortion.they do what they do because they can.WE need to contact our politicians and say enough!

August 09 2012 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a gross abuse of power. Police Director Brown says, I DON'T KNOW NOTHING! Disgraceful
and unacceptable. Who exactly does this Papagni know in the department that allows him to get
this money? Sounds a bit of mafia bull chit within the the department to me. Where's the governor
when you need him???

March 03 2012 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CarolAnn Branciforte

Wow now why doesn't that surprise me........I was married to a police officer/ correction officer in my 16 years of being with him i have not only seen things with my own eyes but i have heard thing to, so i know what really goes on. There was an article many years ago in the paper( stating that any officer of the law will not be treated any different if he or she commits a crime they will be punished to the fullest and be made an example of.) Also, they do not segregate any officers that are in prison any more they are out in population. Well threw the years i have seen it all depends on who you are and who you know. I had my husband arrested in Oct 2004 there was concrete black and white evidence. He went to the county jail were he was held. While being in there all the officers that he knew would not give him the right time of day that upset him so much because as he always said ( i always get away with it and he has gotten away with a lot believe me because of who he knew), that his blood pressure dropped and he had to get a pacemaker put in him OK, now they go to do a ct scan to make sure the pacemakers OK, and they find out he has stomach cancer real bad so now he needs an operation so what do they do they let him out no bail paid nothing, they did tell him he could not contact me or anyone in the household nor go 5oo feet near me WOW JUSTICE.......They didn't want to pay for medical, operations, chemo treatment ,whatever would arise so he slipped threw the justice system every time there was a court date which there was 5 it was postponed because he was either sick or in the hospital so he just kept on slipping threw. he died in march 2006 of cancer. He got away with it all, the only thing that saved his ass from prison and that's were he was going, was terminal cancer. The state didn't want to be bother with all medical bills that would have raised would cost to much..... Never got what he deserved a lot of officers don't some do. i never got my closure what he did to me and my children was despicable. The one good thing that came of all of this is that i came back from the dead ( and that he never thought would have happened) yes i died 2xs but they just kept on working on me and here i am to tell my story and get justice...I didn't get JUSTICE but I'm alive and he's 6 feet under were he belongs... I wrote this because what our JUSTICE SYSTEM does and what goes behind close doors, who you know is uncalled for, i don't care who you are, what you are, we all deserve to be treated equal when it comes to committing a crime or braking the law WE HAVE TO PAY that why there are laws that we all have to follow........

February 16 2012 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just like blacks, blue won't drop a dime on blue

February 04 2012 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Charged and convicted are two different things. Suppose his girlfriend made the charges up, this has been done many times to good police officers. If in fact he did the crime, punish his ass!
Also, the fact that author wrote his article on the Paterson Police Dept, a picture of another departments vehicles are accompanied along with the article. The equivalent would be...... placing the author of this article little picture along with an article about responsible reporting!

February 04 2012 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

fire his criminal ass- throw him in jail to get the beatings of his life and give his victims the ot $ disgusting dirtbag real tuffguy beat up a woman-

February 04 2012 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you threaten your girlfriend with a Gun and drag her out of the house, that's not what NJ means by "Domestic Violence" (which is usually alot of nonsense such as stalking, name calling, withholding money, pushing the woman back, verbal minor threats, refusing to fix her car...etc.). If you THREATEN ANYONE WITH A GUN THAT'S REAL VIOLENCE (isn't O.J. sitting in Jail now for doing that in Las Vegas?) BUT as part of the Corrupt Government "System" in DIRTY NEW JERSEY, instead of charging the Cop threatening someone with a gun as OJ was charged in Las Vegas, with a real crime, instead they downplay it and call it "domestic violence". Was this Cop who threatened his girlfriend with a GUN even arrested? Article doesn't say so. In fact article says only "charges being considered will be presented to grand jury". Usual corrupt system favoring Government Employees in New Jersey. If a non govern. employee threatened anyone with a Gun, they'd be arrested on the spot. Instead the corrupt system gives him every courtesy, and will be sure to send it to a "rigged grand jury". I once saw a case in Upper Saddle River NJ, one of the richest towns where Richard Nixon Pres. retired to after Watergate. The Corrupt NJ Judge there had a case where a man was accused of throwing soda from his cup at a women in the next car, at a stop light after she resisted his request for her phone number. The Corrupt Judge first told the court-room (mostly traffic tickets) that the woman happened to be the fiancee of an Up. Saddle River Police Officer, pointed him out, and then sentenced the man to 30 days in Jail for throwing water/soda at a woman in the next stopped car. If it wasn't a cop's girlfriend, and you called the police, they would tell you to leave them alone and call it nonsense. But the man got 30 days in jail.


Don't set up any business in New Jersey. You'll be taxed to death (unless you are on welfare or illegal aliens), you'll be ticketed an your car impounded over nothing, 10% of the people driving in NJ at any time have SUSPENDED LICENSES and many are illegals from El Salvador, Guatamala, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic.

February 03 2012 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Drew's comment

Drew, could you please say corrupt just one more time? Please..............

February 04 2012 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Day in court !!!!!!!!!!!!!! He does not need a day in court..............He's a cop...............Not guilty .............Buisness as usuall

February 03 2012 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Day in court !!!!!!!!!!!!!! He does not need a day in court..............He's a cop...............Not guilty .............Buisness as usuall

February 03 2012 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Same question as Roland; Why was a photo of Port Authority Police vehicles used in a story about a Paterson cop???

February 03 2012 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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