Reader Mail: Hoboken’s Finest

Today’s reader mail comes from Eric, who sent this letter in last week during our Valentine’s Day Nor’easter. He has some questions and complaints about our police department and their responsibilities. 411 doesn’t necessarily have anything against the cops, because the radios are going pretty much all day, they’re understaffed, and feel they have lots to deal with anyway. Conversely, he writes:

Dear Hoboken411,

hoboken cop car cs - Reader Mail: Hoboken's FinestThis is something that’s bugged me for quite a while but today was just ridiculous. I commute to work in my car, take the same route everyday. I drive down to Observer Hwy, take a right and then take a left at the Hoboken Beer and Soda outlet to get out to the Pulaski Skyway.

Every day there are 2 cop cars parked in front of the Beer and Soda Outlet on the entrance side. I would say 80-85% of the time the 2 cops are sitting in the front seat of one of the cars. The other 15-20% they are out directing traffic. I leave at the same time every day and there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when they direct traffic and when they’re in their cars. Though if the weather is crappy or it’s raining, they are never directing the traffic, which brings me to my point.

It took me about 45 minutes to get out of Hoboken this morning, the bulk of that time was spent waiting to make a right on Observer and subsequently crawling up to the beer and soda outlet intersection. The traffic in Hoboken was completely snarled and if there was ever a day when they should have been directing traffic IT WAS TODAY!! Yet when I finally got to the intersection the 2 officers were chatting away in the front seat.

That’s unconscionable! What are they getting assigned/paid to do, not just today but all the other days when they don’t leave their cars? When they are doing their jobs it works, as that area of Hoboken is usually a mess during the morning commute. Hoboken’s finest at their best.


What do you think of his observations?
In an unrelated note regarding the police, I wonder about one thing myself: Why do ON-DUTY police officers have to be the gophers for “the desk” (dispatch & headquarters)? I hear pretty much multiple times a day, requests for “packages” to be delivered to Police HQ. Whether it be from “Chock“, “D&D” or “Mailbu“, it happens day in and day out.

I have no problem with a cop going to the donut shoppe to get some caffeine to stay awake. Everyone drinks coffee. But why do the officers have to be the ones to deliver the coffee and sandwiches? Hasn’t anyone ever thought of calling a place directly? Or is it because they get their coffee gratis?

Here’s a great idea for the Hoboken Police Headquarters, if they haven’t heard of it yet: Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Subscription. They can get giant boxes of fresh ground coffee delivered whenever they want, without even calling. Maybe the fact that they have to make it themselves turns them off.

Does the HPD have a “30 minutes or it’s free” guarantee?
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Tuesday, April 3, 2007 7:13 pm

Seems like its okay to judge a police officer without any idea what the hell you are talking about. Have you ever been a cop or put on a uniform? I doubt it. But anyway, HPD are some of the coolest, down to earth cops I’ve had the pleasure of working with. By and large they are professional, and capable. They run a tight ship in town, as they don’t give the working people here a hard time. Nothing but positive experiences from me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:50 pm

Seems like a common area for bus crashes. The lightrail-bus crash wasn’t that long ago, about 2 blocks away.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:50 am

Truck hit a bus. Buddy of mine was on the bus and said it got kind of hairy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:27 am

Anyone know what the deal was with why it took 45 minutes to exit Hoboken at the north end of town this morning? It seemed like there was some sort of accident on the Willow Bridge and they were directing cars over the light rail tracks. The Park bridge was no better.

Monday, March 12, 2007 6:47 pm

[quote comment=”16522″][quote comment=”16516″]Hey NAF,

[quote comment=”14665″]wgenese, you’re wrong. Members of the HPD must have 25 years before they can collect a pension (60-65% of last year’s salary). Officers with 30 years service time collect 70% of their last year’s salary.[/quote]

I know this was some time ago but I was just hanging out with one of friends that is a cop in town (before anyone starts in – he was off duty) and I remembered to ask about the pension. I also call up another two friends on the HPD and got the same answer, which was:

20 years – 50% pay and no benefits
25 years – 65% pay and full benefits.

Just thought you might want to know.[/quote]

So I was correct, they need 25 years to retire. No one is going to choose to retire after 20 years wo/ health benefits.[/quote]

I just figured that since you told me twice that I was wrong stating that HPD officers can retire after twenty years of service I would find out.
Weather they will or not wasn’t what you were questioning.
It’s OK to admit that you were wrong NAF.
I feel like I’m talking to a five-year-old.

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