Friday, February 16, 2018

HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES SECURITY BREACH IN CITY HALL

Office of the mayor announces:

The Hoboken Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at the Mayor's Office on Thursday night.

A male individual entered City Hall through the Newark Street entrance just before 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15th, 2018. The person went through metal detectors and told security officers that he was going to use the restroom.

At the time, the only person in the Mayor's Office was Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman. Mayor Bhalla was on his way to the office following a community meeting. From his office, Mr. Freeman observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant's desk and made eye contact with the individual. The individual then ran out of the Mayor's Office. Mr. Freeman called the police, which are currently investigating the incident.

"This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously," said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. "The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building."

"We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall," said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante.

Talking Ed Note: No one can say what this bag contained that was tossed in City Hall. So there won't be any speculation what it contained. But if it dangerous, it should have been included in the official release. 

The City Council previously approved requests for expenditures for added security in City Hall this year.