Fulop Administration Has Hired a Over 300 New Officers Since Taking Office in 2013
Fulop Administrations Grows Jersey City Police Department to Largest Size in Two Decades; Graduating Class Brings Department to 932 Officers
Mayor Steven M. Fulop will swear in 25 new Jersey City police officers at a graduation ceremony at City Hall on Thursday. This latest class brings the size of the department to 932 total officers, its largest size in two decades. The Fulop administration has hired over 300 officers since 2013, increasing visibility and allowing for added walking posts in areas where they are needed most. Continuing the administration’s priority on diversity recruitment, the 25 new graduates also include thirteen Hispanic officers, three African-American officers, and two Asian officers. And with five females now joining the department, this class marks one of the largest amounts of female officers graduating from a single class. Another class of officers currently in the Police Academy will allow for an additional 24 officers to graduate this fall, bringing the department closer to Mayor Fulop’s goal of 950 officers.
Officers Sworn in Brings Department to 922 Officers; Fulop Administration has Hired Over 250 Officers and Mayor Fulop Pledges to Hire Two Additional Classes with a Total of 50 Officers in 2017
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop today swore in 25 new Jersey City police officers, bringing the size of the department to 922 officers – its largest size in two decades – as the administration continues to grow the force and enhance public safety, while also diversifying the department.
“We have made rebuilding the police department a priority since day one, and while there is still more work to do, we are proud of this new class of officers and on where we are today with our police department,” said Mayor Fulop. “We will continue to build the department and with each new class we hire, we will be able to increase foot patrols with officers interacting directly with members of the community, enhancing public safety and strengthening community relations.”
Since taking office in July of 2013, Mayor Fulop has hired more than 250 new police officers, including today’s class. An additional class of 26 officers is also in the police academy expected to graduate this summer. Mayor Fulop has also pledged to add two more classes of recruits this year for a total of 50 new officers to be hired by the department; the goal is for a department with over 950 officers.
When Mayor Fulop took office, there were 779 officers in the department and utilizing grant and capital funds, the administration has hired several new classes of officers with plans for continued expansion. Since last spring, the new officers joining the force have been assigned to foot patrols, primarily in the South and West Districts. Today’s class of officers will also be deployed to foot patrol as they start their careers to enhance visibility and expand community policing.
“Today is a proud day for these men and women as they take the oath of office to protect and serve their community,” said Public Safety Director James Shea. “We are proud of them and what they have achieved, and while it is a great accomplishment to have a growing department that reflects the community, the true achievement will be when these men and women are on patrol, building relationships with the community and helping others each and every day.”
The Fulop administration has also made diversity recruitment a focus, establishing the city’s first recruitment center at the HUB and dedicating two officers to work with the community on outreach. As a result, of the new officers hired since 2013, nearly 70 percent have been minorities, including today’s class, which includes 16 Hispanic officers, two African-American officers and one Asian-American officer.
Languages spoken within the JCPD include Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Urdu, Creole, Polish, Swahili, Bengali and Vietnamese.
On February 3rd, 2017 Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop signed an Executive Order re-affirming and strengthening Jersey City’s Sanctuary City status and outlining a detailed policy on the matter for the Police Department and other city departments and agencies who work with the immigrant community. Here is the Executive Order:
WHEREAS, Jersey City values its ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity. which is a source of our strength and ensures that all our residents can live and pursue their livelihoods in peace and prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the targeting of immigrants undermines our democracy and our common humanity and degrades life everywhere but especially for the residents of a proud and richly diverse City such as the City of Jersey City; and
WHEREAS, local enforcement of immigration law whereby local law enforcement voluntarily works on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to facilitate deportations, undermines trust and cooperation between immigrant communities and the police and could expose the City to liability for violations of individuals’ Constitutional rights; and
WHEREAS, the identification and reporting of immigrants who have not been charged much less convicted of any crime unduly burdens and diverts municipal resources; disrupts and interferes with the City’s duty to deliver basic municipal services such as healthcare, education and police protection; and
Executive Order Provides Detailed Policy Preventing City Resources from being Used on Federal Immigration Enforcement
JERSEY CITY – Joined today by a coalition of immigration advocates, Mayor Fulop today signed an executive order re-affirming and strengthening Jersey City’s Sanctuary City status and outlining a detailed policy on the matter for the Police Department and other city departments and agencies who work with the immigrant community.
As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, with 40 percent of the population foreign born and 75 languages spoken in the public schools, the executive order establishes a firm policy preventing city resources from being used on the enforcement of federal immigration law and will serve as a model for other cities in New Jersey and the nation.
High-Visibility Patrols Also Targeted Disorderly Groups and Holiday Shopping Areas
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the Jersey City PoliceDepartmentarrested 17 individuals on a variety of charges, including various narcotics offenses, and issued nearly 150 motor vehicle summonses during a large-scale, joint law enforcement operation.
The operation, which was led by the JCPD, began at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6th and went through the early morning hours on Saturday, Dec. 7th. A total of 50 undercover officers from the JCPD, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency participated in the operation.
A key success of the operation was the execution of a search warrant at a home on Orient, which has been a source of community complaints as a known drug distribution site. The home was heavily fortified, however, the JCPD Emergency Services Unit breached the front door. As suspects with known prior weapons offenses were believed to be inside, a flash bang was deployed upon entry. Three individuals were arrested at this location. Earlier in the day, police recovered two bricks of heroin which had been sold from the house. Continue reading Jersey City Police Arrest 17 Individuals As Part of Large-Scale, Joint Law Enforcement Operation→
Warning Phase Activated at 12:01 a.m. on 4/14/2012 and Ticketing Period to Commence on May 13, 2012
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JERSEY CITY – Police Department officials announced today that an additional red light camera began its trial phase at 12:01 a.m. (midnight) on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Route 139/Hoboken Avenue. The camera, which is part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation program, will take video and photos of red-light violators.
The Lava Beds/ Featherstone Gang of the late 1800s and Downtown Jersey City
By Maureen Wlodarczyk
Super Bowl Sunday did not disappoint this year as Big Blue did Jersey proud. For Gang Green fans, there’s always next year. Speaking of gangs, I want to tell you the story of a very different gang of men, the criminal kind, that roamed the streets of Jersey City in the 1800s.
While New York had its infamous gangs like those depicted in the memorable film, Gangs of New York, its neighbor was no different. In the 19th century, Jersey City was home to many gangs who claimed specific streets and neighborhoods as their turf. These hoodlums instilled fear in residents and business owners, committing robbery, burglary, assault, extortion and even murder. Those they victimized were afraid to testify against them, making it difficult for law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate them. One of the worst of these Jersey City gangs was the Lava Beds, also known as the Featherstone gang, which operated in what was then the Sixth Ward, a poor immigrant neighborhood. Continue reading Hudson Then…Again -The Gang that Terrorized Downtown Jersey City in the Late 1800s→
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and police officials announced details for the third stage of Operation Lifesafer 2, the continuation of the successful municipal gun buyback program initiated during the summer.
On Saturday, October 8th, 2011 between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at four locations across the city, residents can turn in weapons for an amount of either $100 or $150 depending on the type of weapon, officials said.
Lifesafer 2 , launched on consecutive weekends in July, led to the recovery of 234 weapons, including rifles, handguns and semiautomatic weapons, officials reported.
The gun buyback, which was made possible by funds allocated by generous donations of local businesses and residents, as well as the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, was part of the city’s Operation Summer Shield – a multi-faceted plan to stem crime throughout the city that is usually associated with the summer months. The Interfaith Ministerial Alliance and the Jersey City Police Department are also co-sponsors.
“The first two weekends were very successful, which led us to conclude we should add at least a third weekend,” said Mayor Healy, who launched the city’s first gun buyback program in 2005 where 897weapons were collected. “Any gun we take off the streets ends the opportunity for that gun to play a role in violent street crime and that’s a win for our city.”
The gun buyback and amnesty program allows residents to turn in weapons for stipulated prices; $100 for rifles and shotguns, and $150 for handguns and automatics. The locations for gun turn in are: Saint Johns AME Church, 326 Pacific Ave; St. Michael’s Methodist Church, 37 Virginia Ave; New Hope Baptist Church, 472 Bergen Ave; and Abundant Joy Community Church, 137 Bowers Street.///
As they have been doing for the past 50 years,the crowds came to see a parade rain or shine on Sunday August 22nd as thousands of spectators waited patiently for the 50 Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Day parade to get underway. Just after 1 pm it began at Lincoln Park and Kennedy Boulevard and it ran for over 2 hours long as it made its way along Montgomery street to its final destination -City Hall on Grove Street in Downtown Jersey City. While the rain came down hard at times the spectators and parade marches waved Puerto Rican flags and yelled back and forth to each other “Puerto Rico” “Puerto Rico.”
Our River View Observer photographer Newsboi was there to capture the days event.