Community Engagement

The Newark Police Department recognizes the importance of involving the public to help combat crime and increase the quality of life as well as police service in our community.  With that philosophy in mind, we look to increase our community partnerships while developing several new community-based ventures while rejuvenating our existing programs.

The Community Engagement Division is designed to provide an increased level of service while engaging the community.  This endeavor will increase efficiency by working with the people we serve.   The Community Engagement Division can assist you and your neighborhood with developing a Neighborhood Watch, RAVEN, crime prevention, and discuss with you other ways that you can assist your community. Click on the titles below for more information regarding Neighborhood Watch, Nixle, Graffiti Abatement and Dog Walker Watch.

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Business Watch Program

Modeled after Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch takes the “neighbors looking out for neighbors” concept to the commercial level, creating a partnership between business, law enforcement, and other organizations that represent business interests. The Business Watch philosophy is straightforward – take control of what happens in your business community and lessen your chances of becoming a victim.

Business Watches actively reduces and prevents crime through cooperation and education. Programs vary according to need: however, successful groups adhere to these fundamental steps:

  • Promote communication and understanding between law enforcement and business.
  • Encourage and enhance cooperation among merchants.
  • Teach merchants to crime-proof their properties, watch over neighboring businesses and document and report suspicious activity.
  • Develop a telephone tree and /or email distribution list to quickly disseminate information about area crime.
  • Develop signals to activate in adjacent businesses when someone needs help.

Program Benefits

Business Watch offers many other benefits, including opportunities to:

  • Network with other area businesses.
  • Foster a good working rapport with area law enforcement. 
  • Offer employee training and education. 
  • Garner publicity and community goodwill for your establishment.

Get Started

Contact the Newark Police Department Community Engagement Division Tim Jones at 510-578-4209, tim.jones@newark.org or Donna Shearn at 510-578-4379, donna.shearn@newark.org to take the next steps!

Business Watch is sponsored the National Sheriff’s Association

Neighborhood Watch Program

A strong Neighborhood Watch is a proven deterrent to criminal activity.


Some of the benefits are:

  • A greater sense of security, well-being and reduction of the fear of crime because you and your neighbors will look out for each other.
  • Reduced risk of being a victim of a crime. Statistics show that having a Neighborhood Watch program reduces the risk of your home being burglarized as well as decreases other types of crimes.
  • Better access to criminal activity information which will better prepare you in spotting criminal activity.
  • Displaying Neighborhood Watch signs and decals in your windows tells criminals that your house and neighborhood are not easy targets and that they are most likely being watched.
  • Convicted criminals have reported that they avoid neighborhoods that have Neighborhood Watch signs posted.
  • We have made the process to start a Neighborhood Watch very easy and we have all the tools you need ready to go! And we will be here to help you form a successful Neighborhood Watch!
  • We have many community orientated projects under way, Map You Neighborhood for Disaster Preparedness, Dog Walker Watch, volunteer to put more eyes and ears on the street and NIXLE, a free service that sends important up-to-date police and traffic information to your cell phone, email account, or Facebook, etc.

How Do I Start a Neighborhood Watch?

  • Begin with the neighbors you know or have occasional contact with.
  • Tell them you would like to begin a Neighborhood Watch group and adk which evenings work best for them to attend an intial meeting.
  • Ask if they would be willing to host the meeting in their home, if your home is unavailable.
  • Call the Community Engagement Specialist at 510-578-4209 to scheudle an available date and time for your first meeting.
  • Each neighborhood must have a Block Captain.  Block Capatains serve as the liaison between the Police Department and the Watch group.
  • Block Captain meetings are held periodically at the Police Department and cover topics such as crime prevention tips, crime trends, training, and information exchanges.

How Do I keep My Neighbors Involved?

Keep the problems away by keeping up with meetings and developing a "Watch only" notification system for more frequent communication/information within the group and surrounding Neighborhood Watch groups.  The continued interest and involvement of your neighbors is crucial to its success.  Periodic meetings are important, but try to avoid "dooms day" types of meetings, you will surely lose the interest of the participants.  Introducing a variety of activities provides a welcome change of pace.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Street Parties or BBQ's
  • Pool Parties
  • Holiday Parties
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Progressive Parties of all types
  • Participation in National Night Out - held annually the first Tuesday in August

Click the link for more information on National Night Out

To go directly to the NNO registration page, click here National Night Out 2015 Registration

For more information contact:
Tim Jones
(510) 578-4209
tim.jones@newark.org

Dog Walker Watch Program

A strong community committed to observation and communication with law enforcement is a proven deterrent to crime.
Some of the benefits are:

  •     A greater sense of security, well-being and reduction of the fear of crime because you and your neighbors will look out for each other.
  •     Reduced risk of being a victim of a crime. Statistics show that having a watchful community reduces the risk of your home being burglarized as well as decreases other types of crimes.
  •     Better access to criminal activity information which will better prepare you in spotting criminal activity.
  •     Having your pet wear Dog Walker bandanas tells criminals that your neighborhood is not an easy target and that they are most likely being watched.
  •     Convicted criminals have reported that they avoid neighborhoods that have Neighborhood Watch signs posted.
  •     We have made the process to become involved in Dog Walker Watch very easy and we have all the tools you need ready to go!  We will be here to help you get started whether you are a dog walker, jogger, or a walker without a dog!

We have many community orientated projects under way, Map You Neighborhood for Disaster Preparedness, Neighborhood and Business Watch, volunteer with the police department to put more eyes and ears on the street, and NIXLE, a free service that sends important up-to-date police and traffic information to your cell phone, email account, or Facebook, etc.

For more information contact Tim Jones at (510) 578-4209 or by email at tim.jones@newark.org


 

 

 

Nixle - Community Information Service

Nixle logoThe Newark Police Department has launched a new Community Notification Service called “Nixle” to help improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our community. The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the department will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers. Notifications might be considered in the following instances:

  • A young child or adult with Alzheimer’s disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen.
  • A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what’s happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety.
  • A serious injury or fatal crash in which traffic investigators close down the intersection for several hours during the morning commute. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route to work.
  • Other uses: Large-scale public works projects, traffic safety implications around large fire scenes, community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc., details about a case of H1N1 (“swine flu”) in the area, city council meeting information, utility outage advisories/boil orders.

The information can be viewed at www.nixle.com but for notifications individuals must register. To register, visit http://local.nixle.com/newark-police-department-ca.

 

Graffiti Abatement

Graffiti Abatement Volunteers are a group of dedicated Newark citizens who volunteer their time to combat the destructive influence and blight associated with graffiti in Newark. Volunteers work hand in hand with the Newark Police Department and are committed to removing blight and keeping Newark beautiful and virtually graffiti-free.

If you are interested in becoming a Graffiti Abatement Volunteer you must be:

  • over the age of 18,
  • interested in committing your time for the long term, and
  • submit to a criminal history background check.

To sign up contact - Tim Jones, tim.jones@newark.org or call him at (510) 578-4209

Help Newark by reporting graffiti: anti.graffiti@newark.org

Citizen Police Academy

Newark Police Department Fall 2014 Citizen Police Academy – Class #16    

The City of Newark is seeking residents, as well as individuals who work within the City of Newark, to participate in our Citizen Police Academy. The next Academy is scheduled to begin on September 10, 2014 and end on November 19, 2014 with a graduation ceremony.  Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. primarily at the City Administration Building located at 37101 Newark Boulevard, although a few sessions require meeting at other local venues.

This eleven-week academy is designed to provide participants with a "behind the scenes" look at local law enforcement and to promote a greater understanding and awareness of our role in the community.  Police personnel will provide an overview of the department's structure, services, and personnel, as well as offer students the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any specific public safety concerns they might have.  Participants will also be given an opportunity to ride along with a police officer to experience first-hand the duties they perform on a daily basis.

Citizen Police Academy participants will be selected through an application process.

Applicants must:
  • Have no prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Be willing to have a background check completed.
  • Have the ability to attend scheduled sessions.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Live or work in the City of Newark.
  • Not be a prior Citizen Police Academy graduate.
     

Those interested should complete and submit the application form no later than Monday, August 25, 2014.

For more information, please contact Beverly Ryans at (510) 578-4352 or beverly.ryans@newark.org