Former HPD Officer speaks
We all know the Hoboken S.W.A.T. team has made news more than once recently, from alleged racist actions, to racy photos that pictured officers partying with topless ladies and Hooters girls. Those recent events caused the SWAT team to be disbanded, and resulted in a new Public Safety Director Bill Bergin being appointed to watch over the city’s Fire and Police Departments.
Retired Hoboken Police Lieutenant Janet Aiello (formerly John Patrick Aiello – prior to sex-change operation) contacted Hoboken411 with this letter. Janet had her run-ins with the HPD too (see this comment left by a 411 reader.)
Here she shares her viewpoint about the recent news, and her experiences in Hoboken.
Hoboken SWAT team takes down Alabama Hooters!
“After 25 years of dedicated, honorable and distinguished service to the HPD, I was not surprised that the police department would make national headlines by such asinine antics of a few of the “privileged one’s.” I was sworn in about eight months after Carmen La Bruno and since that time, I cannot ever remember him as being a ‘street cop.’ For whatever reason, he was in some cushy job out of harms way, while the rest of us patrolled a city in strife during the period of Vietnam, riots and disregard for the public order. His appointments to rank always seemed to take place in broom closets so as to shut out those who also passed their promotional exams in the top ten, myself included.
I am not writing this letter out of anger, because I purged that which would have destroyed me a long time ago. No, this letter is written because I know first person, the way La Bruno and his favorites can be homophobic, gender phobic and distrusting of anyone outside of his myopic point of views and beliefs. I retired 01 December 1997, not because I wanted to but, because I no longer wanted to be the ring mistress of HPD’s circus.
In my entire career, all I wanted to do was serve, protect and genuinely respect the community and people of the City of Hoboken. Sadly, I could not because politics and ignorance by those chosen to uphold the law, thought of themselves as above the law. Therefore, I would have lost everything I worked so hard for those twenty five years.
There is a phrase in the transsexual community; “someone once said, that life is a journey of who you are now, and who you really want to be”. In answer to a members question, I have retired and moved to NYC in 1995 and live in East Harlem. I am out and proud to be a part of both the transsexual and lesbian communities and stay active in many events as possible. By the way, I guess that all of you want to know if I completed my full transition to female, huh? The answer is YES. Shortly after retirement, I underwent all the surgical procedures that now and forever have completed my person as a living breathing FEMALE. God bless all of you and may you find the means to change things that some say can never be changed and embrace the fluidity and wonders of life.
Lieutenant Janet Aiello (Ret.)
Transportation and Traffic”