The Latest: Police chief taking leave after profiling email

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Posted: Mar 22, 2016 10:26 PM

WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a letter sent by a New Jersey police chief (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

A New Jersey police chief is taking a temporary leave while prosecutors investigate whether he told his officers racial profiling has a place in policing.

The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1VCoA7q) that Wyckoff police Chief Benjamin Fox asked the town's committee to go on administrative leave while the investigation is pending. Fox says it's in the best interest of the police department to avoid distractions.

Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy and acting Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal say an email from Fox appears to be a violation of state policy prohibiting racial profiling.

The town says Fox will explain to investigators that neither he nor the police department condones racial profiling.

The December 2014 email was released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on Tuesday.

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2 p.m.

New Jersey prosecutors are investigating whether a police chief told his officers that racial profiling has a place in policing.

Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy and acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said in the statement that the email from Wyckoff police Chief Benjamin Fox appears to be a violation of state policy prohibiting racial profiling. They say they are investigating and will take "appropriate measures."

The December 2014 email was released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on Tuesday. The group says it obtained it anonymously.

Someone answering the phone at Fox's office said he wasn't available to comment. A message left with the mayor of Wyckoff wasn't immediately returned.

The email says that profiling has its place in law enforcement when used correctly.