Message from the Chief

From the 2020 Annual Report:

It is with great pleasure that I submit to you the 2020 Annual Report for the Newark Police Department. Without a doubt, 2020 has been the most unique and challenging time in my 41 years of law enforcement experience.

In March of 2020, the department began to adjust its staffing and operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the country and around the world. As new information and guidance about the virus emerged weekly, members of the department adjusted the protective equipment worn and our means of interacting with the public.

In late spring and early summer, in response to police misconduct in Minnesota, Newark Police Officers worked alongside protest marchers, who were demanding additional national police accountability. Many peaceful and successful marches were held in Newark.

As always, the men and woman of the Newark Police Department successfully met these challenges and then some. When calls from across the country demanded specific mandates be implemented in police departments, the Newark Police Department was able to confidently state that most of these mandates were already in place. For example, Newark had already

implemented the use of body worn cameras and had an existing policy in place to limit the use of choke holds. Newark Police Officers were trained in de-escalation techniques and work with mental health professionals.

At the beginning of 2021, most of our police employees, sworn and civilian, have received the COVID-19 vaccination. The members of the department are looking forward to a new year, where we can once again interact with the community in positive programs such as Coffee with a Cop, Citizens’ Police Academy, National Night Out, etc. We are excited to utilize our new PAL vehicle, to continue the positive interaction with the children of our community.

The year 2020 was a challenging year. The members of the Newark Police Department met this challenge and have come into 2021 stronger than before. We appreciate the tremendous support of our City Manager, Mayor and Council, and most of all, the members of the public that comprise our community.

Paul M. Tiernan
Chief of Police