Chief Anthony P. Falco, Sr., was appointed the 9th Chief of the Hoboken Police Department by Mayor David Roberts on June 18, 2009, after achieving the No. 1 ranked position on the 2009 Police Chief’s Civil Service examination.
Chief Falco is currently in his 38th year of service in the Hoboken Police Department, having first been appointed to the department on January 1, 1971. During his first few years of service, Chief Falco served primarily in Uniformed Patrol.
In 1978, Chief Falco 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 Falco is one of two remaining original members.
Chief Falco was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 1979, then to the rank of Lieutenant in January of 1985. In April of 2001, Chief Falco was promoted to the rank of Captain, having achieved the top score on that test.
Prior to his appointment as Chief of Police, Chief Falco was the Commanding Officer of the Investigations Division, which encompasses both the Detective Bureau and the Anti-Vice Squad. Chief Falco has also served as the commander of several bureaus and units during his tenure, including the Training, Planning & Operations Bureau; the Community Policing Bureau (CPOP) as well as the Motorcycle Patrol Bureau.
A lifelong resident of Hoboken, Chief Falco graduated from Hoboken High School in 1966 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Jersey City State College. Chief Falco also holds several certifications, including training in Narcotics & Criminal Investigation; Accident Investigation, Hazardous Materials Investigation and Hostage Negotiation. Chief Falco has also participated in the FBI’s Joint Conference on Terrorism.
Chief Falco is a founding member of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers Association. He is also a member of the New Jersey Honor Legion and the Italian American Police Officer’s Association of New Jersey. In addition, Chief Falco is also a member of New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Hoboken Local No.2,where he was the recipient of the State’s prestigious Gold Card Life Member award for his work as a member of that organization. He has also received the VFW Outstanding Citizen Award in 1975 and was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man in America” in 1979. Chief Falco holds several departmental commendations in recognition for his outstanding police work and has been recognized by N.J. Governors Thomas Kean & James Florio for his work.
Chief Falco is married to the former Georgean Hodges and is the proud father of Sgt. Anthony Falco, Jr. and Sgt. Melissa Falco-Gigante, who have both followed in their father’s footsteps and are current members of the department. In addition, both his son-in-law, P.O. Vito Gigante and his nephew, P.O. Jason Falco are also members of the department. He also served with his brother, Lt. Peter Falco for 25 years before his brother’s retirement from the department in 2006. Chief Falco is also the proud grandfather to Antonio, Vito and Vincent Gigante.