Newark Police Department (New Jersey)
|Newark Police Department|
|Patch of the Newark Police Department.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Newark in the state of New Jersey, USA|
|Size||26 square miles (67 km2)|
|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.|
In July 2014, newly elected mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka. appointed Eugene Venable as police director and Anthony Campos as police chief. Later that month he 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.
The post of chief of police was abolished in 2008, when the job of chief of police was to handle day-to-day operations and the director was to handle policy. However, the position of police chief was reinstated by the City Council in July 2011. The department was headed by police director Samuel DeMaio between 2011 and 2014. Sheilah Coley was police chief between 2011 and 2014.
The Newark Police Department is the largest police force in New Jersey. In 2011 the size of the police department was reduced by 13%,(167 officers) as the result of budget cuts. In November 2013, the NPD re-hired five officers who had been laid-off, and another four who had previously worked in Camden. 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. The new hires are part of larger plan to expand the force to 1400 officers. 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.
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.
- 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
- Headquarters -Clinton Avenue
- 2nd Precinct - North Ward
- 3rd Precinct - Ironbound District
- 4th Precinct - Central Ward
- 5th Precinct - South Ward
- Metro Division
- Special Operations Division
- Administration Bureau
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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."  The city agreed to a federal monitoring program.
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- Zambito, Thomas (July 22, 2014). "Justice Department calls for federal monitor of Newark Police Department". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
- Wulfhorst, Ellen (August 19, 2011). "Newark, New Jersey gets first female police chief". News (Reuters).
- Queally, James (May 3, 2011). "Deputy Chief Samuel DeMaio is named Newark's acting police director". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- Alden, William (February 25, 2011). "Newark Police Layoffs Threaten Crime-Fighting As Budget Cuts Spark Fears". Huffngton Post. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
- Queally, James (November 11, 2013). "Newark Police bolster ranks, hire nine laid-off police officers". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- Queally, James (January 7, 2014). "Newark to hire 100 more cops after deadliest year since 1990". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- 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:
- 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.
- New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force official web site accessed
- Officer Down Memorial Page, accessed 24 July 2014
- Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years for Assault; Veteran officer attacked civilian in 2011, by Paul Milo, 7 May 2013, Newark Patch
- Newark cop loses job, sentenced to 3 years probation for torching SUV, by Thomas Zambito, 13 January 2014, The Star-Ledger
- Former Newark Police Officer Gets 3 Months For Section 8 Scam, 13 August 2013, New Jersey Today
- U.S. Inquiry Reports Bias by the Police In Newark, by Monique O Madan, 23 July 2014, New York Times
- Queally, Jamres (February 9, 2014). "Newark police to be monitored by federal watchdog, sources say". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-09.