Newly sworn-in Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante gave an interview with Hudson County View on Wednesday about a myriad of topics including alleged racial profiling by the Hoboken police department, homelessness and identity theft, among other topics.
Ferrante, a police commander during both the Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy storms, was named the new chief of the department on October 29 and was sworn in on December 1.
Speaking one-on-one in his office at police headquarters, I brought up a USA Today report from November 19 which said that racial profiling among police departments across the nation was becoming a growing trend, with the Hoboken PD being named in the article.
However, Ferrante said the study did not do enough research on the topic.
When I noted that most Hudson County residents look at Hoboken as a relatively safe place to live, Ferrante said that although violent crime is very low in the Mile Square City, he wants to aggressively address quality of life issues such as homelessness.
Ferrante also told me that he addressed the entire Hoboken police department on Friday the 5th for the first time since 2003, putting the officers on notice that identity theft is the largest growing crime in the United States that has become commonplace among Hoboken residents.
Finally, Ferrante wanted to let residents know that bicycle patrols, as well as more police canvasing of the waterfront and parks, will be a regular occurrence in 2015.