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Hoboken Police Captain Steven Aguiar appointed as Acting Police Chief

Hoboken Police Captain Steven Aguiar was appointed as the city's new Acting Police Chief. Photo provided by the City of Hoboken.

Hoboken Police Captain Steven Aguiar has been appointed by Mayor Ravi Bhalla as Acting Police Chief of the city’s Police Department, and will succeed retiring Acting Chief Daniel LoBue on March 1.

A Hoboken police veteran of two decades, Aguiar is a city native who’s served as a uniform patrol officer and detective with the vice unit. He also commanded the Bureau of Internal Affairs, the department’s Technical Service Bureau, and the Emergency Response Unit, and has also served on the chief’s command staff since 2018.

Aguilar was also part of the city’s policing policy task force that was created to review the police’s use-of-force policies following the racial justice protests in the summer of 2020.

He will become the city’s second Hispanic Acting Police Chief in its history, following Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia’s time in the role in 2014.

“I am honored to continue to serve the city I love in this new capacity,” said Aguiar in a press release. “I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla for the opportunity to lead the Hoboken Police Department, and I look forward to working with my fellow officers and the administration to modernize the department, keep residents safe, and enhance community relations.”

Aguiar will succeed LoBue, a 34-year veteran of the department. He followed a similar path last year, where he was promoted from captain to Acting Police Chief to replace retiring Chief Ken Ferrante.

During his time, LoBue had worked in the uniform division before being assigned to the Detective Bureau, and later worked as a Lieutenant in the Commander of the Community Policing Unit, Commander of the Detective Bureau, Commander of the Vice Squad, and Internal Affairs.

“I know that I am leaving the department in good hands under the capable leadership of Captain Aguiar,” said LoBue. “Captain Aguiar is an officer of integrity who possesses the experience and knowledge to lead the department in the years ahead. I know he will continue to serve the city and its residents well.”

The city will be holding a retirement ceremony for LoBue and a promotion ceremony for Aguiar in the coming weeks.

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