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?