Detective Sgt. Brian Long, of the New Milford Police Department, confirmed that patrolman Daniel DeMarco resigned effective Wednesday, April 1. It was accepted the same day. He said the department otherwise had no comment on the 28-year-old Lodi resident's arrest or any potential disciplinary proceedings, in accordance with attorney general's guidelines.
Elmwood Park Police Chief Michael Foligno told NJ Advance Media that DeMarco was arrested in the parking lot of the Elmwood Village Apartment Complex off Boulevard on Friday afternoon.
He was charged with possession of one bag of crack cocaine, a hypodermic syringe and drug paraphernalia, Foligno said. Police thought DeMarco looked suspicious and was frequenting an area known for narcotics sales, Foligno said. He told Elmwood Park police that he was an officer in New Milford following his arrest, Foligno told NJ Advance Media.
The ex-officer, who had been on the force since December 2013 and made just over $55,500 in base salary, was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and DWI, the chief said. He was released to a family member following his arrest.
DeMarco did not respond to requests for comment.