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).
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.
Chief Anthony P. Falco, Sr.
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.”
The 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
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.
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.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Hoboken drop-off locations are as follow:
- 400 1st Street (Lobby)
- 311 13th Street
General Public Inquiries:
- Inquiries can be made at 1-800-882-9539
- Search for a collection site near you.
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.
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, Police Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working together with you to make our community safer, stronger and more unified than ever before.
Applications are now being accepted for the Hoboken Junior Police Academy. The goal of the Junior Police Academy is to familiarize children with the role of a Police Officer. It will be held from July 29 through August 9, 2013 from 9am to 3pm at the Stevens Institute of Technology and is open to all City of Hoboken residents ages 12 through 15. A public lottery will be used to select 40 applicants. An application form can be downloaded from our Licenses, Permits & Forms page and returned to Police Headquarters by Monday, June 24, 2013. For any questions, please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at 201-420-2100 or email@example.com.