Public Safety

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Captain Garcia Provisional Police Chief

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is appointing Captain Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia as Hoboken’s Provisional Chief of Police effective July 1, 2014. He is currently the Hoboken Police Division’s most senior captain, having served as captain since 1995. Hoboken’s current Police Chief Anthony Falco is retiring on June 30, 2014.

“I thank Chief Falco for his many years of service and dedication to our community and wish him a happy retirement,” said Mayor Zimmer. “During his time as Police Chief, crime in Hoboken has reached and remained at historic lows. I thank Captain Garcia for stepping up and taking on this new role as our Police Department undergoes this important transition.”

On June 2, 2014, numerous captains and lieutenants took the civil service Police Chief test. The test results are expected in several months. Following an interview process, Mayor Zimmer will appoint a permanent Police Chief in the coming months.

Community Invited to Public Safety Meeting

Residents are invited to a community meeting to discuss public safety issues. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. In attendance will be Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, Councilman Tim Occhipinti, and representatives from the Hoboken Police Department.

Super Bowl Week Information for Hoboken Residents and Visitors


The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 28 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hoboken Huddle will feature a 12 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In partnership with the US Curling Association, the Hoboken Huddle will also feature 3 lanes of curling which will be free and open to the public each day from 10am to 10pm. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee, and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10am to 10pm. 

Community Invited to Flood Protection Plan Public Meeting

OMA Strategy Diagram

International Design Firms’ Strategy to Protect Hoboken a Finalist in Regional Resiliency Design Competition 

The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about a strategy to protect Hoboken from flooding. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Refreshments will be served.

“Through this design competition, we have a unique opportunity to protect Hoboken from flooding with the help of federal funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s important for our community to understand this project and provide their feedback. Ultimately, support from the community will enhance Hoboken’s chances for winning the competition and receiving federal funding to help protect us from flooding.”

The public meetings are a part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Hoboken is working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the community from all kinds of flooding. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, and Director Shohei Shigematsu, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. The public meeting is a chance for our community to speak directly with these experts and learn more about this initiative.

Winter Storm Warning; Drivers Reminded Not To Park on Emergency Snow Routes; Discounted Garage Parking Available

UPDATE: Street cleaning will be in effect on Thursday, January 23. Plows will be used instead of sweepers to clear parking lanes of snow.

UPDATE: The discounted $5/day garage parking rate is extended through Thursday, January 23 at 8:00am. Street sweeping is suspended on Wednesday, January 22. All other parking rules remain in effect. Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes. Hoboken Public Schools are closed on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from noon on Tuesday, January 20 until 6am on Wednesday, January 21. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are currently forecast with wind chills as low as 10 degrees and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Drivers are reminded that vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes are subject to towing when the streets are snow covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” 

Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

emergencysnowrouteUPATE: Street sweeping is suspended and alternate side parking rules will not be enforced on Tuesday, December 10.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, December 10. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are forecast.

With the City of Hoboken expected to receive the first measurable snowfall of the season, residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting

Hoboken Police Department Launches Anonymous Tip Service As Proactive Crime Tool

The Hoboken Police Department announced today the availability of TipSoft, a service for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app. The use of TipSoft is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce, and solve crime.

Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Tips can be submitted by visiting, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “hobokenpd”.

Winter Storm Information

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area and “near blizzard conditions,” 6-8″ of snow, wind gusts of 35mph, wind chills of -15 and very low visibility. The City of Hoboken has prepared for the storm and spread salt brine on streets in anticipation of snow.

Towing on Emergency Snow Routes
Vehicles parked along emergency snow routes will be ticketed and towed once streets are snow-covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. A list and map of emergency snow routes is available on the City website:

Reduced Rate Garage Parking & Parking Enforcement
The City is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Thursday, January 2nd at 8:00am through Saturday, January 4th at 8:00am for $5 per day for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

Police Department Offers Free Child Car Seat Inspections

car seat inspection

Every Wednesday from 10am-2pm, the Hoboken Police Department will provide free child car seat installations and inspections. Inspections will be conducted by certified officers at Police Headquarters, located at 106 Hudson Street.

Please enter the lobby and ask for an officer to conduct an inspection. It is not necessary to call in advance. This is a free service performed by the Hoboken Police Department.

Hoboken Police Department Receives New Vehicles And Uniforms


Left to right: Police Officer Willie Montanez, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Detective Vince Lombardi, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Sergeant John Petrosino, Police Officer Robert Truppner

Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sergeant John Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers, and Detective Vince Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Officers Willie Montanez and Robert Truppner to display the Hoboken Police Department’s newly purchased vehicles and new uniforms.

“Our Police Department is always there for our community when we need them most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They deserve to be as well-equipped and prepared as possible to do their jobs and keep us safe, and I thank our Police Officers for partnering with us on investing in their new uniforms.”

“This is a big morale booster for our department,” said Police Chief Falco. “The new uniforms have the full support of our rank-and-file, meet the needs of professionalism and utility, and are more adaptable for the daily rigors of the job.”

“The steady hiring of new officers, ongoing replacement of our aging patrol vehicles, renovations of police headquarters, approval of new work uniforms, and future K9 unit are just a few of many positive and progressive endeavors supported by the mayor, and we thank her for her strong commitment to public safety.” said Detective Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association. “Protecting the public and keeping the peace is our purpose, and Mayor Zimmer has proven our purpose is her priority.”