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Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign

Police agencies from around New Jersey are gearing up for the state’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown. The 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Statewide Labor Day Crackdown begins August 18 and concludes on September 4. During the campaign, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols targeting motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by educational activities including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Despite years of enforcement and public awareness efforts, too many people still make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel while impaired. Nearly 30% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This is a zero tolerance campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local police agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. During last year’s crackdown, participating agencies made 1,649 DWI arrests.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017 crackdown offer the following advice:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Child Safety Seat Inspection/Installation

The Hoboken Police Department offers child safety seat inspections and installations during the following days and times:

  • Monday and Friday 9 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 3 pm
  • Evenings and weekends are by appointment only – please call 201-420-5109

Hoboken National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante along with the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting Hoboken’s annual National Night Out at Church Square Park from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. The goals of National Night Out are to 1) heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership; 4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year, we would like to see more of the Hoboken Community involved in this event.  If you are a local business or organization who wishes to participate in the parade, or the festivities, please contact either Sergeant Melissa Gigante at gigantem@hobokenpd.org or Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@hobokenpd.org. We look forward to working together with you to make our community safer, stronger and more unified than ever before.

2017 Junior Police Academy

Hoboken Police Department

Junior Police Academy 

The goal of the Hoboken Police Junior Police Academy is to familiarize children with the role of a Police Officer.  Participants should be prepared for a hands-on experience of a wide variety of Law Enforcement techniques and training.

The Junior Police Academy consists of various activities to prepare youths for future entry into the law enforcement field.  Several neighboring agencies including New Jersey State Police and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will be coming in to teach the participants the many different aspects of law enforcement.  In addition, there will be one hour of physical training per day.  Lunch will be provided daily.

Children are required to wear sneakers along with the issued t-shirt, shorts, baseball cap, gym bag, and water bottle (items provided at orientation).

All instruction, demonstrations and presentations will be administered and supervised by the men and women of the Hoboken Police Department.

When: July 10 to July 14, 2017
9 am to 3 pm

Where: Steven’s Institute of Technology (Castle Point on Hudson)

Who: Open to all City of Hoboken residents ages 12 through 15 at the start of the Junior Police Academy. 20 applicants will be selected in a public lottery.

Applications for the 2017 Junior Police Academy will be available at 3 locations;

  1. Applications will be given out at all Hoboken schools to students who qualify by age.
  2. At Police Headquarters (106 Hudson Street)
  3. by clicking this link

Applications can be dropped off at Police Headquarters by Monday May 22, 2017 at any time.

Waivers MUST be completed for participation in this program if selected for the program.

Any questions please e-mail us at simoneda@hobokenpd.org

Bicycle Registration

Bicycles are often stolen and many bicycle owners do not have their Serial Numbers recorded and in a safe place to provide to police. Without a description and serial number recorded, even if the stolen bicycle is recovered by police, it is very difficult to return the bicycle to its rightful owner.

By registering your bicycle/s with the Hoboken Police Department, it will make it easier to return your stolen bike to you should it be recovered.

  • Register your bicycle/s using our FILLABLE PDF FORM and bringing it to Police Headquarters.
  • You will need to complete a new form for each bicycle that you own (i.e., you have two bicycles, complete the form twice).
  • Please be as accurate as possible with filling in the information.
  • Be sure to print a copy of the completed registration form for your records!

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

If your bike is stolen…

Report any stolen property immediately to your local law enforcement agency. If your bike was stolen in the city of Hoboken, please call the Hoboken Police Department non-emergency line at 201-420-2100 to make your report. Have your bicycle serial number and other identification information ready to provide for the report.

What if I sell my bike?

If you sell your bike after you have enrolled with the Hoboken Police Department Bike Registration Program, contact the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to notify us of the transfer.

Lastly, don’t forget:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Always lock up your bike. Whether you use a bike lock or place it in a storage space, keep it under lock and key!
  • Ride your bike safely. Always follow the rules of the road and be sure to keep a watchful eye on young riders.

Complete your bicycle registration by downloading and completing this pdf form.

HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

6D-Web Button-round-400x400pxThe Hoboken Police Department is participating in the “National Take Back Initiative” which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (www.dea.gov).

This initiative, which will take place on Saturday, April 30 between the hours of 9:30 am and 2:15 pm, aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The drop off sites will be a place where residents will be able to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal. The Hoboken Police will have drop off stations throughout the city, focusing on senior citizen residences. The idea is to make the program more accessible to those whom might otherwise have difficulty responding to one or two fixed locations. There will be a fixed location at Police Headquarters during the entire time. Additionally, there will be two moving sites that will spend over an hour at various senior resident buildings.

 

The drop off locations and times are as follows:

  • Hoboken Police Department, 106 Hudson Street: 9:30am to 2:15pm
  • 400 First Street: 9:30am to 11:45am
  • 221 Jackson Street: 9:30am to 11:45am
  • 514 Madison Street: 9:30am to 11:45am
  • 220 Adams Street: 12:00pm to 2:15pm
  • 76 Bloomfield Street: 12:00pm to 2:15pm
  • 311 13th  Street: 12:00pm to 2:15pm

 

General Public Inquiries:

Traffic Bureau will be conducting a D.W.I. checkpoint on Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will be conducting a D.W.I. checkpoint on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The location of the checkpoint will be in the Southern end of the City. The approximate hours of operation will be from 10pm until 2:00 a.m.

The goal of the program is to reduce citizen involvement/injury, due to D.W.I.-related collisions. Through implementation of this and similar events, the Hoboken Police Department hopes to significantly reduce accidents, injuries and property damage throughout our city. Informational pamphlets will be handed out on site.

The Hoboken Police Department is committed to working hand-in-hand with the citizens of Hoboken to provide a safe environment for the motoring public. For more information, contact the Hoboken Police Traffic Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Hoboken Police and Fire “Fill the Bus” Toy Drive

 

The Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, in partnership with the Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group, will be hosting our annual toy drive and Fill the Bus events.  The toy drive will have several drop locations throughout the city beginning November 1st and ending December 2nd, 2015.  Our Fill the Bus event will be Wednesday, December 10th, 2015 from 7am-7pm, outside Hoboken Police Headquarters (106 Hudson Street).  The Fill the Bus Event will offset toys collected in November.  Toys will be distributed to Hoboken children in need.

If you are interested in participating, please bring a new, unwrapped gift to Hoboken Police Headquarters on December 10th, or to one of our following drop locations between November 1st, and December 2nd:

  • Hoboken Police Department
    • 106 Hudson Street
  • Hoboken Firehouse
    • 1313 Washington or
    • 801 Clinton Street
  • My  Gym- Hoboken
    • 720 Monroe Street , #E312
  • Urban Jungle Play
    • 1140 Maxwell Lane
  • World of Wonder
    • 133 Harrison Street

If you, or someone you know, have a Hoboken family in need, please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante @ 201-420-2100.

WALLACE SCHOOL BULLYING ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

During the months of February and March, Officer Daniel Simone III spent some time with the 4th through 6th graders at Wallace speaking on the topic of bullying.  They participated in an essay contest regarding bullying and its effects on children.  Two winners were chosen from each grade level and were rewarded with a pizza party with Officer Simone.  Pictured from left to right are:  Officer Daniel Simone III, Alanis Cangley (6th), Lyanni Nieves (6th), Arianna Santiago (5th), Bottom row:  Gage Lucken (4th), Tyler Pistilli (5th), Sean Mannillo (4th).

Zero Tolerance Policy for Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Dear Residents and Visitors of Hoboken,

The first Saturday of March has traditionally marked the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day season in Hoboken, and we are preparing for thousands of people to visit our beautiful city.

In past years, some of our residents and guests become disorderly and unruly making it a difficult and unpleasant day for our residents. There has been excessive damage to private property and even attacks on public safety officials. In order to keep our city under control and create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone, I will have all of my officers working on that day, out on our streets, on patrol. We will also have assistance from multiple outside agencies, including the County Sheriff’s office.

My officers will be strictly enforcing all criminal and motor vehicle laws as well as all city ordinance violations. The Fire Department will be conducting occupancy inspections throughout the city to ensure that homes and businesses do not become dangerously overcrowded. Residents may report any concerns to the Police Department at 201-420-2100.

The following are among the more common violations where there will be a zero tolerance policy in effect for the day:

1) City Ordinance 145-23 A/B (Consumption of Alcohol/Open Container in Public)- Any person seen possessing an open container of alcohol in public faces maximum penalties of a fine up to $2,000, and the possible sentence of having to perform Community Service.

2) City Ordinance 145-22 (Urinating in Public)- Any person observed urinating on public streets, sidewalks or in parks faces maximum penalties of a fine up to $2,000, and the possible sentence of having to perform Community Service.

3) City Ordinance 145-18 (Disorderly House)- House parties have become our largest problem. In past years, most of the calls we responded to were for disorderly house parties. This year, when a party is deemed to be unreasonably reckless, disorderly and unsafe, the renter or owner of the apartment or house will be charged with violating this ordinance. Along with the issuing of the summons, the Hoboken Police Department will shut the party down and clear out the apartment or house if it is determined that a hazardous or reckless condition exists. The maximum penalties for this violation is a fine of up to $2000 and the possibility of having to perform Community Service.

4) New Jersey State Statute 2C: 33-2a (Disorderly Conduct, Improper Behavior)- A Person is guilty of disorderly conduct if “with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he, 1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior, or 2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.” This offense carries maximum penalties of a 30 day prison term and a fine not to exceed $500.

I ask all the residents and guests of our city to please be considerate to everyone on this day, and to inform all family and friends to act respectfully and remain orderly. Once again, we want this to be an enjoyable, but more importantly, safe day. The Hoboken Police Department will do everything within their powers to keep it as such. Finally, Do Not Drink and Drive. You may injure yourself or others, and if caught, you will be arrested.

Sincerely,

Chief Anthony P. Falco, Sr.