Hoboken Police Department promotes four officers and swears in one new one


The Hoboken Police Department promoted four officers – three sergeants and one lieutenant – and swore in one new one at a City Hall ceremony this afternoon.

From left to right: Police Officer Anthony Ingraffia, Sgt. James Barbro, Sgt. Justin DePascale, Sgt. Joseph Mezzina, and Lt. Donald Rosso. Photo courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Sgt. Donald Rosso was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Police Officers Joseph Mezzina and James Barbro, and Det. Justin DePascale earned the rank of sergeant.

Police Officer Anthony Ingraffia, formerly of the Elmwood Park Police Department, was sworn in as a Hoboken Police Officer as per an intergovernmental transfer.

“I congratulate our new Lieutenant and Sergeants on their well-deserved promotions and thank them for their continued dedication to the City of Hoboken. I welcome Officer Ingraffia to our City and commend him for choosing to join what I believe to be the best Police Department in the nation,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“Policing has not been an easy job the last few years, and I applaud our promoted and new officers for that strong commitment they continue to make,” added Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante.

With the addition of Officer Ingraffia and five recruits currently training at the Bergen County Police Academy, the HPD will be one step closer to filling its table of organization, which is currently 146 officers.

“I know these men will embrace the challenges of their new assignments with pride, while continuing to serve the residents of Hoboken. I am grateful to each, for their ongoing contributions and dedication,” noted Police Chief Steven Aguiar.

The Hoboken Police Department continues to search for qualified applicants from across the state following Hoboken City Council approval to lift the residency requirements.

Those interested in becoming a Hoboken Police Officer can learn more by clicking here.

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