For a century and a half, the protection and safety of Newark, as well as its residents, visitors and businesses has been the responsibility of the Newark Police Department (NPD). To commemorate its founding in 1867, the City of Newark will host a 150th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 220 South Main Street.
"Our officers demonstrate bravery, selflessness and strength of character and it is an honor to work alongside them," said acting city manager Tom Coleman. "We congratulate them on this incredible milestone and hope future generations recognize their efforts as strengthening the foundation for those who will follow in their footsteps."
The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Officers will be conducting tours of the police department, providing demonstrations of the specialized police units, games will be available for children, and presentations will be given by distinguished guests. The department will also be announcing the prize winners from the 2017 Police Trading Card Project.
"The Newark Police Department receives tremendous public support, for which the men and women who serve are grateful," said police chief Paul Tiernan. "We invite everyone to participate in our 150th anniversary celebration to commemorate Newark’s rich history in law enforcement and our ongoing efforts to be a positive presence in the community."
The NPD traces its origins to June 15, 1867, with the appointment of Jesse Russell as the Town Bailiff. During the Town Commissioners’ meeting it was noted, "numerous complaints had been made by citizens respecting various disorder and misdemeanors." At that time, Newark had a population between 800 and 900 people, with a size of less than one-half square mile and approximately 200 houses.
The City of Newark now boasts a population of over 33,000 people and has an authorized police force of 71 sworn officers and 25 civilian employees. The department has eight specialized units and has continuously evolved throughout the years to keep pace with technological advances.