Philip Santiago

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Service Record

Agency Aberdeen Township New Jersey Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2018.[1]
Salary $54,086 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Suspended[3]

Incident Reports

2021 Drug Test Tampering

In January 2021, Santiago was ordered to take a drug test. Santiago used the pin on his badge to poke a hole in the kit, rendering it untestable.[1]

2021 Evidence Tampering

In May 2021, Santiago deleted a video from the phone of a suspect who was in custody. The video showed the interaction between the suspect and officers before the arrest.[1]

Response Timeline

In September 2021, Santiago was charged with two counts of second-degree official misconduct, second-degree engaging in a pattern of misconduct, and two counts of fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence. Santiago was suspended from duty.[3]

In April 2022, Santiago pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with physical evidence.[4]

On September 9, 2022, Santiago was sentenced to 364 days in jail, followed by three years of probation. Santiago will also be permanently excluded from public service in the state.[4]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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