Should on-duty cops get parking passes?

First responders in Hoboken – should they be able to bend rules?

It’s always been my belief that a Police Officer in any municipality – when on duty – should essentially be able to park wherever they wish, provided it doesn’t create a hazardous situation. The reason for this belief is that if there was an emergency which required immediate response, every second counts for them in order to get to the scene as quickly as possible.

However, Hoboken411 reader Ryan feels differently about this cop who stopped in for a quick cup during a coffee break this week (probably OSHA-mandated as well).

“Seen outside the Starbucks at the Shipyard: Hoboken’s finest abusing their power. Anyone else would be ticketed for parking like this (in a NO PARKING zone no less). Clearly his parking violation was not necessitated by official police business, since the offending officer was sitting in Starbucks enjoying a coffee with a friend.”

Do you think the cop should have found a regular parking space? Would you feel the same way if he was the one responding to your call of an intruder in your home?

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13 Comments on "Should on-duty cops get parking passes?"

bigman23
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bigman23

I was always under the assumption that on-duty officers need to be in close proximity to their vehicles at all times, in order to quickly respond to calls and emergencies. So for a cop to have to park 2 blocks away to go to Starbucks (hey, we all need coffee breaks) and then be 2 blocks away when an emergency is called in, well that’s a little scary. So Ryan needs to get over himself.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

xxxx there you go again with another comment.for you info that north side of starbucks on 12th st is given summons by the hpd..wisen up xxxxx.

xxrjxx
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xxrjxx

You’re one to talk about commenting–you never keep your trap shut, and when you do open it, it’s usually to lay down a line of fertilizer sufficient for cornfield in Kansas. That’s if and when you make sense, which is rarely. You come on 411 telling everyone else to “wisen up”–you expect people to listen to your condescension…the wise man usually knows when to open up his trap–which is as rare as the times you make sense.

Keep your condescension Whiskey, and go back to singing your own Whiskey Lullaby. [quote comment=”212225″]xxxx there you go again with another comment.for you info that north side of starbucks on 12th st is given summons by the hpd..wisen up xxxxx.[/quote]

Mavrande
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Mavrande

I’d rather have the first responder near the police car or ambulance than on the other side of the block, so that when there’s an emergency, they’re ready to go…

YipYap
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That little particular stretch of real estate is full of illegally parked cars day and night. I see everything from the Range Rover to the Toyota Corolla parked there while someone is running in and getting a coffee. Also see the occasional delivery truck there too. Never seen anyone ticketed or towed either.

I would think anyone who needs to respond at a moments notice to a perp or a heart attack or a raging inferno should be able to park wherever the need to to take their break, as long as it is not blocking someones view around a corner when they are crossing the street etc.

Also when the area was zoned to maximize profits they did not make the road wide enough to support parking. Something that should not be overlooked in the future hopefully. There should be parking free or metered on every street in town not just the older part of town.

HoBoSearch
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HoBoSearch

Agreed.

I have never seen anyone receive a ticket here while simply grabbing a cup o joe so I dont see the big deal.

[quote comment=”212214″]That little particular stretch of real estate is full of illegally parked cars day and night. I see everything from the Range Rover to the Toyota Corolla parked there while someone is running in and getting a coffee. Also see the occasional delivery truck there too. Never seen anyone ticketed or towed either.I would think anyone who needs to respond at a moments notice to a perp or a heart attack or a raging inferno should be able to park wherever the need to to take their break, as long as it is not blocking someones view around a corner when they are crossing the street etc.Also when the area was zoned to maximize profits they did not make the road wide enough to support parking. Something that should not be overlooked in the future hopefully. There should be parking free or metered on every street in town not just the older part of town.[/quote]

pollcatfactor
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pollcatfactor

Yea, that’s fine. Not blocking traffic, not blocking sidewalk view.
It’s really the non-emergency city employees that bug everybody.

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