Chief Garcia is currently in his 41st year of service in the Hoboken Police Department, having first been appointed to the department on October 1, 1973. During his first few years of service, Chief Garcia served primarily in the Tactical Patrol Force, a walking beat assignment with community relations concepts.
In 1978 Chief Garcia was among a select number of officers to be assigned to the newly re-formed Motorcycle Patrol Bureau. The Motorcycle Patrol Bureau continues to this day and Chief Garcia is the last remaining officer of it’s original members.
Chief Garcia was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 1980, then to Lieutenant in November 1989. In January 1995, Chief Garcia was promoted to the rank of Captain. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Police Inspector. Prior to his appointment as Provisional Chief of Police, Chief Garcia was the commander of the Uniformed Patrol Bureau in charge of all tours of duty.
Chief Garcia has commanded the Investigations Division which encompasses to the Detective Bureau and the Anti-Vice Squad. Chief Garcia has also served as the commander of several bureaus and units during his tenure including the Bureau of Identification. He organized the first D.A.R.E. program in Hudson County. As the commander of the School Resource Officers he was one of the original coordinators in establishing the first EMT program for High School students in their junior and senior years at the Hoboken High School. It became the first self-sustained ambulance corp. with a fully equipped ambulance. Chief Garcia, along with the 1st student to go through the program, were both certified in the State of New Jersey and National EMT Certification test. Chief Garcia holds numerous other certifications including Enhanced Incident Management Unified Command.
Chief Garcia is one of the last founding members of the Hoboken Police Superior Officer Association. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Hoboken Local No. 2. Chief Garcia holds several departmental Commendations in recognition for his work with the Hoboken Police Department. He has been recognized for his work by the Federal and State government.
Chief Garcia is married to the former Lucille G. Calabrese for 40 years and is the proud father of Joseph A. Garcia, Esq., an attorney since 2003. Joseph has been practicing law for the past 11 years. Joseph graduated from The College of Holy Cross and Columbia Law. Chief Garcia is also the proud grandfather to Joseph M. and Alexandra Garcia, and proud father-in-law to the former Dana DeGennaro.