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Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante Announces Retirement

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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On Tuesday, May 18th, Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante announced that he will be retiring from the Hoboken Police Department effective July 1, 2021. In a letter to the press, he explained that he had just met with the mayor and county officials to apply for retirement.

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Ferrante served as a Hoboken Police Officer for 28 years, two years as OEM Coordinator, and as the Chief of the Department for the last seven years. This announcement comes one year after his new 3-year contract was negotiated with the City of Hoboken.

In a letter to the press, he shared,

“I have proudly served this city and loved every second of it. In fact, my father Retired Captain Fred Ferrante and I served for a combined 60 plus years at the HPD. For the past 9 years, I have not disconnected from work, not one day and my command staff knows that is not an exaggeration. Over 3000 days straight where every single day I spoke to my command staff and answered emails and calls,” he stated in the letter.

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He continued, “The major changes in law enforcement occurring over these next 6 months (i.e. Body Cams, Marijuana Legalization, Juvenile Justice Reform, Use of Force reboot, Motor Vehicle Pursuit reboot, Police Licensing) needs someone who can dedicate the next several years in ensuring those changes happen as best as possible.”

Ferrante stated that he feels the last seven years of the department have successful under his leadership and “there is nothing left to accomplish for him personally.”

“From the crime rates to the arrests rates, to forming the ESU Unit, Waterfront/Parks, Drone Team, to the most important statistic NOT ONE PENNY paid in any civil liability during my tenure, as well as the many other changes over the past seven years. This was a teamwork accomplishment with the combination of the work by me, my Command Staffs, and all of you, and those who have retired in the last seven years.”

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He ended the letter by writing, “I am ready to take a little break before my next venture. It has been a pleasure working with all of you. I will be talking to many of you over the next couple of days and weeks as I have a lot more to share with you. For now, I have many notifications that need to be made today!”

Based on his comment and the fact that he is known for being active in the community, it’s likely that he is not retiring from public work indefinitely but instead will work for or in the city in some capacity, however, it is unclear as to what his next venture will be as of now.

Mayor Bhalla released a statement shortly after, thanking Chief Ferrante for his service. “Over the past seven years, Chief Kenneth Ferrante has demonstrated a commitment to the City of Hoboken and to the profession of law enforcement that has been second to none. Beyond the pandemic, Chief Ferrante wrote the playbook for a department reflecting modern, community-based policing, provided more transparency as Police Chief than any other department in the state, and enacted policies resulting in lower crime statistics in virtually every major category compared to seven years ago when he took the job.”

It has not been announced who will be taking his place as the new Chief of the Hoboken Police Department. We will keep you updated as more details unfold.

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