New Jersey State Trooper Dismissed Over Neo-Nazi Tattoos And Misconduct

A New Jersey state trooper was fired last November after an investigation revealed he had tattoos linked to neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist ideologies. Trooper Jason Dare, who had served with the New Jersey State Police for nearly 20 years, was let go on November 27, according to a recently published state police disciplinary report and an NJ.com article.

The issue came to light when the New Jersey State Police issued a missing persons alert for Dare in March 2023. Dare had left a medical facility in Pennsylvania and was missing for several days before being found safe. However, the public’s attention quickly shifted to the “Blood Honor” tattoo visible on Dare’s neck in the photo circulated with the alert. This phrase, associated with the Hitler Youth during World War II, raised significant concern.

Following the public reaction, further investigation revealed that Dare had additional tattoos linked to white supremacist groups. His Facebook page displayed images of iron crosses on his wrists and a pit bull illustration that matched the logo of the Keystone State Skinheads, a Pennsylvania-based white supremacist group, as noted by the Anti-Defamation League.

The investigation, conducted by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, also found that Dare had shared posts on Facebook alluding to white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. The probe concluded that Dare violated law enforcement policies due to his visible tattoos and affiliations with racist ideologies.

While Dare’s termination was documented under “uniform and grooming standards,” the disciplinary report also cited other instances of misconduct. These included leaving a medical facility without notifying his division, entering an unoccupied residence in Pennsylvania without permission, and discharging a shotgun through his home’s front window.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has not disclosed details about the circumstances of Dare’s medical treatment and disappearance or the firearm incident. However, the office confirmed that Dare was dismissed following the internal investigation.

Dare’s case underscores the ongoing issues within law enforcement regarding officers with extremist ties. Despite the serious allegations, detailed information on the case has been limited, and a spokesperson for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office did not immediately provide further comment.