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:
This 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?