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Hudson police officer still on force, unpunished after leaving weapons in former police building

Sep 30, 2020 6:33 am
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports for The Other Hudson Valley that a Hudson police officer received no punishment for keeping four unlocked guns, one an unregistered pistol, in Hudson’s closed police station for more than a year. Jacob “Jake” Hoffman seems to have violated some laws and regulations but was not punished according to an internal report The Other Hudson Valley obtained through a partial fulfilling of a Freedom of Information Law request. The guns were discovered in 2018. Hoffman remains a police officer today. Not registering a handgun on one’s pistol permit is a misdemeanor in New York State. Hoffman may have also violated the SAFE Act, which makes it a misdemeanor to sell or give someone a gun without a background check from a licensed gun dealer. Hoffman also told police investigating the incident that he did not know where he got the WWI-era rifle that was also left unlocked in the former police building. Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said he was not told about the investigation as mayor, nor when he led the Police Committee for the Hudson Common Council beginning in 2017. Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore declined comment, and said that he believes he still cannot comment on his officers’ personnel matters, despite the legislature this year passing a rule allowing officers’ personnel records to be made public. Read more about this story in The Other Hudson Valley.