Newark Police Department (New Jersey)

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Newark Police Department
Abbreviation NPD
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Patch of the Newark Police Department.
Agency overview
Employees 1,100
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Newark in the state of New Jersey, USA
Size 26 square miles (67 km2)
Population 281,402
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters City of Newark
Police Chief responsible Eugene Venable
Agency executive Anthony Campos
Newark Police site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
Headquarters at Government Center

The Newark Police Department (NPD) is the primary law enforcement agency serving Newark, New Jersey, and the largest municipal law enforcement agency in New Jersey.[citation needed]

In July 2014, newly elected mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka. appointed Eugene Venable as police director and Anthony Campos as police chief. [1] Later that month, Baraka and US District Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman announced that the city had entered into an agreement with the US Justice Department, to monitor the force. [2][3][4]

The post of chief of police was abolished in 2008, when the chief handled day-to-day operations and the director handled policy. The position was reestablished by the City Council in July 2011.[5] The department was headed by police director Samuel DeMaio between 2011[6] and 2014. [7] Sheilah Coley was police chief between 2011 and 2014.[5]


The Newark Police Department is the largest police force in New Jersey.[8] In 2011 the size of the police department was reduced by 13%,(167 officers) as the result of budget cuts.[9][10] In November 2013, the NPD re-hired five officers who had been laid-off, and another four who had previously worked in Camden.[11] As of January 2014, the force had 1,006 officers in its ranks. It was announced that month that the city would hire 100 new officers, 50 immediately after they graduate from the policy academy, which begins in March 2014.[12] The new hires are part of larger plan to expand the force to 1400 officers.[13] In October 2014 Baraka said "We are looking at ways to make our police department more efficient, more responsive to our residents’ needs." and proposed cost-cutting steps get rid of stipends paid to detectives on top of their overtime payments, make weekends part of regularly scheduled workweeks (effectively creating Saturday to Thursday or a Tuesday to Sunday workweeks voiding weekend overtime). The plan would eliminate gasoline allowances for detectives and stop allowing department vehicles to be available for 24-hour personal use and stop automatic on-call time for police personnel, Baraka hopes to save $2 million annually and plans to use the money to hire 65 new officers in 2015. Baraka said the city also hopes to increase police salaries by two percent.[14]

In April 2014,it was announced that the state police would play a more prominent role in patrolling the streets of the city under the "TIDE-TAG" program.[15][16]

In July 2014 the mayors of Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson announced an initiative whereby the respective police forces would collaborate in certain areas including the sharing of intelligence about gangs, purchasing power agreements, provide employment training and job entry programs.[17][18]

The department is a member of the New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.[19]


  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC Board)
  • Detective Division
  • Internal Affairs Bureau
  • Patrol Division
  • Records and Communications Bureau
  • Special Operations Bureau
  • Taxicab Commission
  • Youth and Community Service Bureau

Precincts / Divisions[edit]

  • Headquarters -Clinton Avenue[21]
  • 2nd Precinct - North Ward
  • 3rd Precinct - Ironbound District
  • 4th Precinct - Central Ward
  • 5th Precinct - South Ward
  • Metro Division
  • Special Operations Division
  • Administration Bureau

Slain officers[edit]

Date Name Cause Note
23 October 1854 Maxwell Badgley Stabbed
13 July 1876 Benjamin Ellsden Gunshot
8 August 1876 Stanley J. Brock Gunshot
14 April 1885 Thomas Lyons Stabbed
9 March 1886 John Sebold Dragged by mules
29 November 1888 Thomas Roach, Jr. Gunshot
13 October 1912 John J. McGovern Gunshot
7 December 1912 John J. Gaffney Gunshot
19 April 1914 James P. Parkinson Streetcar accident
21 June 1917 William H. Hopkins Motorcycle accident
17 August 1918 Thomas S. Adubato Gunshot
16 July 1919 Patrick J. Ryan Gunshot
4 January 1922 Thomas J. Downey Streetcar accident
22 May 1922 Cedric J. Peterson Motorcycle accident
29 August 1923 Edward Bonnet Motorcycle accident
20 February 1924 John Laubenstein Assault
12 December 1924 John T. Plunkett Motorcycle accident
31 October 1925 Joseph Nichols Motorcycle accident
14 December 1927 William A. Frederick Electrocuted
6 February 1929 Alfred Thiele Streetcar accident
18 March 1929 Charles A. Robbins Motorcycle accident
5 Mach 1930 Robert W. Anderson Gunshot
2 July 1931 Harry Beasley Gunshot
16 September 1931 Albert Houston Motorcycle accident
1 December 1933 Edward Dehmer Vehicular assault
30 November 1934 Charles J. Gerstner, Jr. Automobile accident
9 October 1935 Albert E. Seltzer Accidental gunshot Shot by another officer
18 September 1942 Joseph J. Bauman Stabbed
4 February 1950 Theodore Laux Automobile accident
28 November 1950 John F. Galler Heart attack
10 July 1957 Jack Woomer Gunshot
10 February 1958 Howard K. Downes Automobile accident
15 March 1961 Joseph C. Hagel Gunshot
29 March 1963 Francis J. "Frank" Shannon Gunshot
16 October 1965 John C. Gutekunst Gunshot
12 December 1965 Walter A. Debold Heart attack
14 July 1967 Frederick W. Toto Gunshot
27 October 1967 Robert M. LaMotta Motorcycle accident
13 March 1970 Leslie Haskins, Jr. Gunshot
29 March 1973 Frank C. Irvin Motorcycle accident
23 February 1975 Richard P. Burns Gunshot
13 August 1976 John William Snow Gunshot
1 March 1978 Arthur L. Williams Gunshot
28 March 1980 John F. Gottfried Gunshot
3 June 1993 John Sczyrek Gunshot
9 November 1997 Dewey Joe Sherbo, III Vehicular assault
24 June 2003 Melvin Lisojo Vehicular assault
3 March 2007 Tommaso Popolizio Vehicle pursuit
7 November 2011 Michael Morgan, Jr. Gunshot



In May 2011, Officer Hugo Fierro beat a man with his pistol outside a local restaurant. He did not report the incident and the man was not charged with a crime. Fierro was sentenced to five years in jail for the assault.[23]

In March 2012, Officer Johnathan Taylor set fire to his own car as a scheme to collect an insurance payment. He was convicted in January 2014 and sentenced to three years probation.[24]

In August 2013, Officer Suliaman Kamara pleaded guilty in a scheme to defraud the federal government of money meant to house poor people. He was sentenced to three months confinement.[25]

In January 2014, Detective Ugo Bellomo was forced to resign after a court placed him in a program designed to divert offenders from a conviction. This was as a result of a road rage incident in November 2012.[24]

In July 2014, a federal investigation determined that the department "engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional practices, chiefly in its use of force, stop-and-frisk tactics, unwarranted stops and arrests and discriminatory police actions."[26] [27][28] The city agreed to a federal monitoring program.[2]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Zambito, Thomas (July 22, 2014). "Justice Department calls for federal monitor of Newark Police Department". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
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  5. ^ a b Wulfhorst, Ellen (August 19, 2011). "Newark, New Jersey gets first female police chief". News (Reuters). 
  6. ^ Queally, James (May 3, 2011). "Deputy Chief Samuel DeMaio is named Newark's acting police director". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
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  10. ^ Alden, William (February 25, 2011). "Newark Police Layoffs Threaten Crime-Fighting As Budget Cuts Spark Fears". Huffngton Post. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  11. ^ Queally, James (November 11, 2013). "Newark Police bolster ranks, hire nine laid-off police officers". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
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  13. ^ Queally, James (January 7, 2014). "Newark to hire 100 more cops after deadliest year since 1990". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  14. ^ Nix, Naomi (October 22, 2014). "Newark seeks to slash cops' pay, hire 65 more officers in 2015". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-1-021.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ Queally, James (April 16, 2014). "State Troopers deployed to battle rising Newark crime as part of new initiative". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
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  19. ^ New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force official web site accessed
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  22. ^ Officer Down Memorial Page, accessed 24 July 2014
  23. ^ Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years for Assault; Veteran officer attacked civilian in 2011, by Paul Milo, 7 May 2013, Newark Patch
  24. ^ a b Newark cop loses job, sentenced to 3 years probation for torching SUV, by Thomas Zambito, 13 January 2014, The Star-Ledger
  25. ^ Former Newark Police Officer Gets 3 Months For Section 8 Scam, 13 August 2013, New Jersey Today
  26. ^ U.S. Inquiry Reports Bias by the Police In Newark, by Monique O Madan, 23 July 2014, New York Times
  27. ^ Queally, Jamres (February 9, 2014). "Newark police to be monitored by federal watchdog, sources say". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
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