With a filled to capacity standing room only crowd of over 200 in attendance and his family looking on, Ken Ferrante was sworn-in as the City of Hoboken's 10th Police Chief at the Stevens Institute's Howe building.
NJ.com reported on the new police chief's focus on communications, an aspect Ferrante highlighted himself when he spoke of those plans at the early November City Council meeting earning a standing ovation from the audience and even a rarer one from the council members.
From the NJ.com story, Chief Ferrante reiterated that emphasis:
Forming relationships with residents is part of Ferrante's goal to make the department more "community sensitive," he said. Other steps include following up with crime victims, attending city council meetings and having more than one officer who is permitted to speak to media representatives, he said.
Ferrante takes on the the head policing role with interest in community policing highlighted and plans to implement plans improving communications and a number of related measures both within the department and with residents at large.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer in attendance is quoted in the story saying of the new police chief, he has the "highest level of integrity" who is capable of handling crises adding; "Today, more than ever, the public needs to know that they will be treated fairly. Chief Ferrante knows the challenges facing Hoboken."
The full NJ.com article is available here.