Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante will officially retire on July 1 after serving as police chief since 2014.
“I have been a police officer for 28 years, the Police Chief for the past seven years, and two years as OEM Coordinator before that,” said Ferrante. “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.”
The longtime public servant said for the past nine years he has never disconnected from work but now he is “ready to take a little break” before his next unnamed venture.
He said the Hoboken Police Department and law enforcement, in general, will face many changes and needs someone new at the helm.
“The major changes in law enforcement occurring over these next six 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,” he said.
Reflecting on his time as chief he said he was proud of all he and the department accomplished together including lower crime rates and forming new units.
“I feel our department has had a very successful seven years and there is nothing left to accomplish for me personally,” he said. “From the crime rates, to the arrests rates, to forming the [Emergency Services] Unit, Waterfront/Parks [Unit], 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 those who have retired in the last seven years.”
‘Above and beyond’
Mayor Ravi Bhalla said he wished Ferrante well and thanked him for his years of 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. The greatest achievement of any Police Chief is to leave a community safer than when they came into the position, and that is precisely what Chief Ferrante has accomplished,” he said.
He said he is most grateful for the chief’s willingness to go “above and beyond” during the pandemic.
“It was during this time that his true leadership was on full display, serving as a critical partner to my administration at a time that his city needed him the most,” said Bhalla. “His steady hand and crisis management skills allowed Hoboken to stay a step ahead from the very beginning. I’ll be forever grateful for his partnership during that time.”
Of Ferrante’s accomplishments at the helm of the police department, Bhalla said the chief not only increased transparency but helped lower crime rates.
“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,” said Bhalla. “I sincerely thank Chief Ferrante for all he has done for our city, and wish him well in his next steps.”