Message from the Chief

2017 marked the 150th Anniversary of the creation of the Newark Police Department. I am sure that if Newark’s first police chief, Jesse G. Russell, could travel through time and visit Newark today, he would be amazed at how much policing in the city has changed. I am equally sure in many ways, Chief Russell would find that policing in Newark is the same, especially regarding community engagement and service to the public.

Newark Police Officers are responding to more calls for service each year while reducing serious criminal activity. Our patrol officers continue to be the backbone of the police department, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. our patrol officers saved lives,
arrested violent criminals, and engaged in community projects.

Our Communications Center personnel also work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are often the first contact between the public and the police department. They often deal with people who are experiencing traumatic events such as serious medical conditions, injuries, crimes in progress, and motor vehicle accidents. They seamlessly coordinate the response of police officers, while offering reassurance to the caller.

Our Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit, who work closely with our Street Crime Unit and Victim Services Specialist, investigated many serious crimes this past year. Their clearance rate of solving cases is much higher than the national average. We had an outstanding, 100% clearance rate of felonious assaults as compared to a national average of 54%. Tragically, we had one homicide in Newark, but the suspect was located and arrested in New York City after an intense investigation.

All our officers and non-sworn personnel participated in our “Trading Card Project” which resulted in one lucky family winning a trip to Disneyworld. Many other community engagement projects were held throughout the year such as Coffee with a Cop, National Night Out, and our 150th anniversary celebration, to name a few.

As you take the time to look through our website, you will see the dedication and commitment of our members, whether sworn or non-sworn. We value each and every  member of the department for their contribution to making Newark a safer place to live, work, and visit.

In my 39 years of law enforcement, I have had the opportunity to travel across the country to visit and observe many police departments. I can honestly attest; the Newark Police Department is comprised of the most dedicated and professional personnel that I have encountered and I am proud for the opportunity to serve as their Chief.

Paul M. Tiernan
Chief of Police