Hoboken National Night Out 2014

Hoboken Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime Event in Church Square Park

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, The Hoboken Police Department, along with Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr., will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken”.  National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the City of Hoboken,  its’ first responders, and local businesses,  to give back to their community.  The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park, where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00pm.  This year, The Hoboken Police Department will be dedicating the night in memory of Police Detective Madhu Chohan who lost a courageous battle with cancer on October 30th, 2013.
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Hoboken National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, Police Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr, along with the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting Hoboken’s annual National Night Out. 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. In addition to changing our event location to Church Square Park, we have added a parade, more entertainment, and a watermelon eating contest! If you are a local business or organization who wishes to participate in the parade, or the festivities, please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at 201-420-2100 or at gigantem@hobokenpd.org. We look forward to working together with you to make our community safer, stronger and more unified than ever before.

The deadline for applications for the 2014 Junior Police Academy have now passed

Hoboken Police Department

Junior Police Academy 

The deadline for applications for the 2014 Junior Police Academy have now passed. The Junior Police Academy will take place on the following dates and location.

  • When:  July 28 to August 8, 2014 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. 40 applicants will be selected in a public lottery.

 

The goal of 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 Customs and Immigration 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.
Waivers MUST be completed for participation in this program if selected for the program.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hoboken Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the below addresses.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

  • 400 1st Street (Lobby)
  • 311 13th Street
  • 221 Jackson Street
  • 707 Clinton Street

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

 

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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.

HPD Launches Anonymous Tip Service As Proactive Crime Tool

The Hoboken Police Department announced today the availability of TipSoft, a service for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app. The use of TipSoft is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce, and solve crime.

Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Tips can be submitted by visiting www.hobokenpd.com/tips, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “hobokenpd”.

TipSoft is successful because it uses technology that is familiar to citizens, which allows them to carry on an anonymous two-way conversation with the agency without requiring them to speak directly to an officer. TipSoft is proven to help stop and solve crimes. To date, the TipSoft system, used across the country, has received more than two million tips, resulting in 145,000 arrests, 55,000 fugitives caught, and more than $5.3 billion recovered in drugs and property – including 11,000 vehicles and 22,000 weapons.

In addition to encouraging the public to submit crime-related information using Web forms, mobile apps, and texting, TipSoft supports users’ ability to submit videos or photographs using the TipSoft mobile app. TipSoft can be used to submit information on crimes, missing children, fugitives, and other non-emergency situations.

“We welcome Hoboken PD to the list of over 900 law-enforcement organizations that are effectively using TipSoft and applaud their commitment to public safety,” says William Kilmer, CEO of PublicEngines. “With TipSoft, agencies can invite the public to take an active role in making their communities safer.”

Hoboken Police and Fire “Fill the Bus” Toy Drive

Toy 2 Toy 3The 2nd annual “Fill The Bus” Toy Drive, hosted by the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments
was extremely successful. With the help of the generous Hoboken community, about 120
children will be able to have a new toy this Christmas. The toys were donated to many places
including the Tomorrow’s Children Fund, The Hoboken University Medical Center, Children of
Essex County Inmates, Bears for Hugs in Little Ferry, and Stevens Institute of Technology. We
couldn’t have done this without the help of the Hoboken Motorcycle Club, The Hoboken Special
Needs Parent Group, and the Wallace School Peer Leadership Program. We would also like to
thank the toy drop off locations at Baby Gap (222 Washington St), Servpro of Hoboken and
Union City (51 Fairmount Avenue, Jersey City), The World of Wonder Day Care (133 Harrison
St) and Work it Out (603 Willow Avenue). We would also like to give a special thank you to Mrs.
Durando from The Wallace School, Dena Russell from the Hoboken Special Needs Parent
Group, Captain Nick Goldsack from the Hoboken Fire Department, Hoboken A&P Manager
John Bincoletto, and Ms. Malenda from Hoboken High School. Without them, this wouldn’t
have been possible. Lastly, thanks to everyone who donated toys to give to the children in need
and to the members of the Hoboken Police and Fire department for donating their time. It was
much appreciated. “We like to do things like this to be an integral part of this community,” Sgt.
Melissa Gigante. Written by: Rachel Feinstein, Hoboken HS Media Literacy and Journalism
student.

Hoboken Police Participate in “Movember” to Raise Awareness for Men’s Health

Last year we started our participation in the Movember campaign.  This year we again had our members show their support for the cause by sporting their best ”Mobro”!  (With the exception of Sgt Gigante’s who’s stache is a stickon!)  This year we had a contest for the worst mobro!  Officer John Cirillo won the contest and also was awarded a gift certificate to Hoboken Man for a precision shave!  We thank them for their support of our department!  Additionally, $150.00 will be donated to the Movember Foundation in officer Cirillo’s name from the Hoboken PSOA!  We hope for more of our personnel to get involved in the years to come.

Pictured from left to right standing: Officer Christopher Markey, Officer Juan Madera, Officer Anthony Fesken, Officer Arbend Drishti, Sergeant Ranaldo Gonzalez, Detective Robert Fulton, Officer Joe Lucignano, Officer Dylan Archilla, Officer James Barbro,  Officer John Cirillo, Officer Keith Rotondi.

Seated: Detective Vito Gigante,  Sergeant Melissa Gigante, Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., Officer Arturo Gonzalez, Civilian Dispatcher Feliciano Santos.

Autism Emergency Contact Information

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. As a result, Chief Anthony P. Falco of the Hoboken Police Department is announcing an update to our website which includes an Autism Emergency Contact Form that may be printed, filled out and dropped off at Police Headquarters. This form is designed to give the Hoboken Police Department some critical information about the City of Hoboken’s Autistic citizens and will also aid the Department in efficiently responding to calls for service with them. The form can be found on the following website, “Licensing, Permits and Forms” page which can be found in the “Citizen Resources” menu.

Police Headquarters Renovations

Police headquarters will be undergoing a renovation project to upgrade security and remodel offices on the first floor.

A trailer with an access ramp for wheelchairs has been placed next to police headquarters at 106 Hudson St., where the front police desk will be located for the public while the renovation work moves ahead.