On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the City of Hoboken was a prime viewing destination for the 37th Annual Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. As expected, crowds estimated well over 100, 000 people (both residents and visitors alike) settled upon the waterfront area(s) to take part in the celebration of Independence Day.
An event of this magnitude required extensive planning and coordination to ensure safety and security remained the primary focus. This year’s event required stricter security procedures, tighter checkpoints, limited accessibility and more restrictions on the number and type of items allowed in designated viewing areas. Although countless hours were spent on the preparation and planning phase for this event, a special acknowledgement and heartfelt thanks is in order for the general public. The display of cooperation, patience and understanding was crucial to the overall success of the entire operation.
I also want to thank my commanding officers for their continued display of leadership and proactive planning to ensure that public safety was maintained throughout the day. The level of commitment to the public and the rank and file were evident.
A special and most deserving acknowledgement is required for each and every police officer that worked tirelessly throughout the day, amidst the extreme heat, to ensure the plan was carried out to completion. These officers were required to check each and every spectator along the waterfront areas to ensure safety was maintained for all, conduct pedestrian and traffic control and enforcement, and respond to numerous calls throughout the day. Many officers were asked to do “triple duty” at times to ensure the levels of security and traffic control were maintained. I could not be more proud of the effort and level of professionalism displayed.
Lastly, I would like to give a big thanks for the support and assistance of the following agencies that helped this department significantly; Union City Police Department, Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, McCabe Ambulance, Hoboken Parking Authority, Hudson County Prosecutors Office, Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force, Jersey City Police Department, Westfield Police Department, Port Authority Police Department, New Jersey Transit Police Department, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Stevens Police Department, Hoboken Traffic & Signal Division, OEM and the Hudson County Command Center.
Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr.
Hoboken Police Department
Chief of Police