The Administration Division is under the command of Lieutenant Andrew Rubin, who also serves as the Department’s Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Officer and Public Information Officer. The Administration Division is staffed by seven sworn officers, one full-time civilian, and one part-time civilian. The division consists of the following positions: Accreditation Manager, Training Coordinator, Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention, School Resource Officers, Evidence Detection, Property Management and Property Coordinator.
The Accreditation Manager is responsible for ensuring that periodic reports, reviews and other activities mandated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) are accomplished. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners covering a wide range of up to date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
The goals of CALEA are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices
- Improve service delivery
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
The Newark Police Department has been accredited since 1997 and participates in the Advanced Law Enforcement Program, consisting of 484 standards. The Accreditation Manger is responsible for developing and maintaining the department’s rules and procedure manual while ensuring that compliance with the standards are met and maintained. The current accreditation cycle began in 2015 and culminated with a Gold Standard on-site assessment from December 3rd through December 6th, 2017. The assigned assessors were Deputy Chief Jason Moen of the Auburn, Maine Police Department and Mr. John Tucker of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The Gold Standard Assessment verifies compliance to the CALEA standards through interviews and observation in the normal work environment with a focus on the process and the outcomes. It further identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as related to the standards. The agency attended the March 2018 CALEA Conference in Frisco, Texas where it was awarded the prestigious Gold Standard with Excellence Award.
The Training Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of Departmental employee training. The responsibilities of the training coordinator include: ensuring that all sworn and civilian members of the Department receive training in compliance with the standards established by the Delaware Council on Police Training (COPT), Departmental Policies, CALEA standards, and Federal mandates. The training coordinator also makes available select training opportunities to outside agencies, as needed. The training coordinator is responsible for all newly hired police officers, from their date of hire through completion of the Field Training Program.
Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention
The Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention Officer serves two separate, yet related functions. The crime prevention function is responsible for implementing crime prevention and community involvement activities for the department. The crime analysis function focuses on crime trends in and around the city. In 2017, the Crime Analysis/Crime Prevention Officer helped to coordinate the following activities:
- Police Department Tours
- Shop with a Cop
- Toys for Tots
- A New Night Downtown Newark
- Community Day
- Trunk or Treat
- Coffee with a Cop
- Girl Scout/Cub Scout Tours
- Public Safety Announcement (PSA) Videos
- Neighborhood Watch/Civic Association Meetings
- Citizen Surveys
Evidence Detection Unit
The Evidence Detection Officer is responsible for all procedures relating to the collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence for the department by coordinating the processing of major crime scenes, processing agency wide evidence for fingerprints and DNA, and submitting evidence to outside laboratories for special processing. The evidence detection officer is on-call 365 days a year for call-outs to major crime scenes. The position maintains a special crime scene response vehicle and numerous pieces of specialty evidence equipment.
Property Management & Property Coordinator
The property management function is comprised of one full-time civilian evidence custodian and one part-time civilian property coordinator. The Department’s civilian evidence custodian is responsible for storing all evidence received from police officers as well as found property within the city. This position is also responsible for the management of the police department’s vehicle fleet. The civilian property coordinator is responsible for purchasing, distribution and inventory of all Departmental property and equipment.
School Resource Officers
NPD is committed to working in cooperation with the students, parents, teachers and staff of the Christina School District and the Newark Charter Schools to provide a safe and secure learning environment at all schools within the city. There are two School Resource Officers (SRO) assigned full-time to Newark High School and they respond to the other schools as needed. In addition to Newark High School, the SROs serve Downes Elementary School, West Park Elementary School, Newark Charter Elementary, Newark Charter Primary, and Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School. The SROs administer a variety of youth related programs and provide classroom instruction on several topics, including:
- Youth Police Explorers Program
- Gentleman’s/Ladies Club at Downes Elementary School
- Driving and DUI Presentations
- Safe Kids Camp