The Jersey City Police Department, along with other city officials, recognized the retirement of Anthony “Sonny” Silver – their most senior officer – today after 41 years on the job.
By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View
A “walkout” event at the JCPD’s North District on Central Avenue was held in celebration of Silver’s long career – first joining the force in 1979 and only retiring since he’s reached the state-mandated age of 65, he said.
“Only age is forcing me out: I don’t want to go, I want to stay. I want to be able to still work helping the community and working with all the young cops.”
Regarding what he liked most about being part of the JCPD, Silver said “the enormous amount of people that I grew to love and work with and help.”
Silver served in every JCPD District in Jersey City, including the Juvenile Bureau, the Street Crimes Unit, and the Investigations Bureau. He also made the rank of detective twice and is the third longest service officer in department history.
“The business people: I went out of my way to make their lives easier. I did not come at them as a cop – I came at them as a friend and helped them through their problems and worries,” he added.
“I was always there for them, and now they’re here for me,” Silver said, noting the large assembled crowd.
A Jersey City native, his passion for helping people led to him choosing to remain on patrols.
Silver was the recipient of several accolades during his long career, including a World Trade Center award. His favorite assignment was working on the Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force, where he felt he made a significant impact.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Police Director Tawana Moody, and Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano, a retired police detective, were present for his send off.
“Anything you ask Anthony Silver to do, last minute, we need you to cover another shift: he’s that person,” Moody said.
“It’s very sad to see him go, but he’s taught so many of the officers a great way of policing. We wish him nothing but great things in retirement.”
Silver is known as “the last revolver on the force” because of the 38 caliber Smith & Wesson service weapon he purchased in 1979. While he still carries it, he has never had to fire it in the line of duty.
Furthermore, the Silver legacy at the JCPD isn’t over yet: his son, Police Officer Anthony W. Silver, joined the force in 2015 and works in the East District.