The Hoboken Police Department promoted four of their own and swore-in a new police officer today, Sept. 13, 2023. Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante, and Police Chief Steven Aguiar joined the honorees and their families to celebrate the officers moving up in the ranks and to welcome the newest member to the department.
During a ceremony at City Hall, Sergeant Donald Rosso was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Police Officers Joseph Mezzina and James Barbro, and Detective Justin DePascale were promoted to 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,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “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.” \“By taking the oath to protect and serve this community, and to take on the responsibility of leading our finest, these officers are renewing their already strong commitment to Hoboken and its residents,”
“By taking the oath to protect and serve this community, and to take on the responsibility of leading our finest, these officers are renewing their already strong commitment to Hoboken and its residents,” said Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante. “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"
“I know these men will embrace the challenges of their new assignments with pride, while continuing to serve the residents of Hoboken,” said Police Chief Steven Aguiar. “I am grateful to each, for their ongoing contributions and dedication.”
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. 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 at: https://hobokenpdnj.gov/employment-opportunities.