HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Policing Policy Task Force has released a survey soliciting feedback from community members.
Established in June, the task force is a central component of former President Barack Obama’s “Commit to Action” pledge, for more equitable and community oriented policing. Hoboken's task force was formed in the wake of weeks of massive protests nationwide, calling for a re-evaluation of law enforcement strategy and tactics to combat what many have deemed to be systemic racism within this country's public safety ranks.
As for the Hoboken Police Department, the existing “use of force” order makes it one of the few cities in the tri-state region to meet all eight of the “8 can’t wait” pledge. The eight policies include banning chokeholds, requiring de-escalation, requiring warnings before shooting, exhausting all alternatives before shooting, duty to intervene, banning of shooting at moving vehicles, requiring use of force continuum, and the requirement of comprehensive reporting.
The Hoboken Policing Policy Task Force is made up of:
- 3 City Councilmembers: Vanessa Falco, Emily Jabbour and the Chair of the Public Safety sub-committee (currently Councilman Mike Russo)
- 2 Hoboken Police Officers: Lieutenants Johnathan Butler and Steven Aguiar
- 3 Hoboken residents: Agan Singh, Mariah Tarawally and Christy Hoffman
- 1 NAACP and Hoboken Housing Authority Board member: Jason Smith
- 1 retired police officer: Edgardo Cruz
- 1 Hoboken schools representative: Chris Munoz
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