Now clocking in at over a year without a Hoboken Police website, and eight months since the last update about this on Hoboken411.
A reader has gone as far as to send a two-part letter to the Hoboken Council and “those responsible” for the city’s web presence to see what the deal is. They did mistake a godaddy.com placeholder for a real webpage, but that’s ok.
Hoboken’s websites are a joke
To the persons responsible for www.hobokennj.org and www.hobokenpolice.org:
“I’ll be blunt, harsh, and get right to the point. On your webpage (http://www.hobokennj.org/oemsite/) you list the website for the Police Department (http://www.hobokenpolice.org/). My question, is this a joke?
This page is completely useless and inappropriate. I want to know about the Police Department not Computer Notebooks, Music Download, or Online Dating. If the City of Hoboken is paying for this website and the domain name, the money is being wasted and used to redirect traffic to these other sites, making money for someone else.:
“I wanted to find the correct email address at the Police Department to address concerns with pedestrian safety and illegal parking. This website does not even provide the phone number for the Police Department.
I’m copying in members of the city council so that there is some outside oversight in this matter. (They are hard to add because some do not have email addresses listed on www.hobokennj.org. I got the email addresses from Hoboken411.com. I could not find an email address for Councilwoman LaBruno.)”
To the President of the City Council, 3rd Ward Councilman, and the At-Large-Council-Persons:
The reason I wanted to communicate with the Police Department is that near where I live double parking is rampant. I have both photographs and video showing how the double parking makes it next to impossible for a pedestrian to see oncoming traffic, or for a driver to see a pedestrian.
I often call the police to report these hazards. I am often asked if I’m being blocked in, as if the only reason to be concerned about double parking is that I could not move my car. The true concern for me is I do not want to be run over.
I know the police have a lot on their plates, but have we not had enough pedestrians hit by cars already? There are laws on the books that are not being enforced. There are also being violated by members of the Police Department. And once by a member of the city council.
I know parking in this town is inadequate for the number of cars in this town. I know enforcing the law will be unpopular. Politicians that are remembered for doing great things, also did very unpopular things. The Civil War was a very unpopular move to make, but Lincoln did.
Please help in any way that you can.”
See last year’s status of the Hoboken PD website after the jump.
I’ve never really needed to use the Hoboken Police Department website, but since February of this year, it’s been “under construction”.
Initially, the website mentioned it would be only “temporarily” taken offline:
“EFFECTIVE ON FEBRUARY 1, 2007 THE HOBOKEN POLICE WEBSITE WILL BE TEMPORARILY TAKEN OFFLINE IN ORDER TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE & UPGRADES TO THE SITE. YOUR PATIENCE IS APPRECIATED AS WE WILL PROVIDE YOU SHORTLY WITH A NEWLY DESIGNED AND UPDATED WEBSITE.
PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON
Hoboken Police Department”
I’d like to see where they stand with this, and why it’s taken so long to get back online. It was a rather informative site. They had links for Homeland Security, the history of the department, available jobs, information about tickets & parking regulations, the PBA, how to file complaints and more. Additionally, helpful information about safety, car seats, missing persons, and other emergency tips.
I asked Patrick Ricciardi (the City’s head of Information Technology) if he knew what the status of this site was. Do they even have a “webmaster” anymore? I mean the Hoboken PBA site and the Hoboken Police Federal Credit Union sites are working. And they seem to have the same design. I’ll let you know what he says when he responds to my inquiry.
My apologies if this information is already known, and I just overlooked it. But it’d be nice to see the site back up again.
Here’s some examples of other very well done Police Department websites:
But then again, Hudson County doesn’t have the best of sites. For instance, Union City’s website, while it looks better than Hoboken’s, is rather useless. Same goes for Jersey City. Maybe it’s just indicative of our area?