Hoboken Mounted Police

Mounted Police in Hoboken NJ

With the issues surround the Hoboken Police and the Horses and lawsuits, it might be interesting to see a little more.

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krewedetat
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krewedetat

Mouse, the Mounted Police, as I mentioned earlier, was started sometime after 2001 when Roberts was elected. Rumor was that the chief wanted this on his resume (I believe he is a professor somewhere, besides being one of the highest paid police chiefs in the country). He found a grant to cover the costs for the first year or two. The horses were housed at Maxwell House at no cost for the first year.

Now the grant has dried out and several people have tried to get clear information on how much the horses really cost. Maxwell House could no longer house the horses and we recently found out that the place where they are now does not have a legal certificate of occupancy. There are also questions of conflicts of interest with the parties involved. You can find all this on this board under different subjects.

Why can’t this program, like any other public program be asked to prove its effectiveness? Saying you can’t put a dollar value on a police program is saying we have sacred cows, or horses in this case.

I’m happy you served safely for 27 years. In Hoboken, city officials love to cite our low crime rate. Given the budgetary problems we face, we should evaluate all programs to make sure we use resources effectively. It’s only fair.

Mouse
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Krewedetat,

I did it for 27 years and survived( not in Hoboken). It’s not an easy job. Mounted officers are just another tool in the arsenal to fight crime. It’s worth the effort if it’s effective. Did you ever wonder how many extra unpaid hours those guys spend with their horses? You really have to walk in their shoes before you can question the cost. Why not just write a letter to the Chief of Police and ask? He’s a very intelligent guy and I’m sure he didn’t just jump in to a Mounted Unit without research and cost analysis. Sometimes you can not put a dollar value on some type of police programs.

krewedetat
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krewedetat

I have not put down police officers. I was a PD volunteer for several years but still I would not dream of knowing what a police officer’s job is really like. I simply question the need for $XXX,XXXX (perhaps you know, no one here or on the video has said how much) spent of 4 police horses that seem to me more like pets than anything else.

Mouse
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Being a police officer! Duh!

krewedetat
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krewedetat

what job?

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