City of Hoboken to launch public safety and community engagement forums

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken will launch a new series of informal community engagement sessions with public safety officials next week to raise awareness of public safety initiatives and education campaigns. .

“Open and transparent lines of communication are essential to keeping our community safe and informed,” said Mayor Bhalla. “The new Hoboken CAPS series will bring the city’s key first responders, residents and business leaders together under one roof for an open dialogue about current trends, concerns and agendas. I look forward to the launch of the series next week and encourage everyone in the community to attend and participate.

The Hoboken Community and Public Safety Forums, hosted by Director of Public Safety Ken Ferrante and Chairman of the Hoboken City Council Public Safety Sub-Committee, Councilman Joe Quintero, will be held every two months to strengthen public safety and community relations.

“The essence of strong community relations and public safety is community engagement,” said Ferrante. “After more than two years of these types of in-person community events being interrupted by the pandemic, it is time to re-engage in person. The Coffee With a Cop series when I was Chief of Police was incredibly successful and this new program will expand that initiative to bring our residents and all City Public Safety divisions together for informative conversations.

“I am thrilled to be working with director Ferrante to launch this series. If you think about it, public safety is the most important function of government,” said Councilman Quintero. “If people don’t feel safe walking down the street or resting in their homes, nothing else matters. So it’s critical that first responders and residents of our city ​​have direct access to each other to share their priorities, expectations and concerns.

The forums, known as Hoboken CAPS, will bring community members together with all divisions of public safety, including the Office of Emergency Management, Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Fire Department and Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp., for an open discussion.

Members of each Public Safety Division will give a brief presentation on current trends in public safety in Hoboken relative to their division, along with public safety tips.

The public forums will be held at various times and in various locations around the city to promote better access for residents. Each event will also offer free coffee and pastries to attendees.

The first forum will be on Wednesday, May 25 at the Johnny Pepperoni at 219 11th St. from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Public safety officials who will participate in the first forum include Sgt. William Montanez, Hoboken Police Chief Steven Aguiar, Police Captain John Petrosino, Traffic Commander Lt. Keith Rotondi, Liquor and Enforcement Division Lt. Charles Kucz, Fire Chief Anton Peskens, Chief of Staff of the battalion Dave Buoncuore, training battalion chief Audra Carter and Hoboken Thomas Molta, president of Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Harry L. Blanchard