Office of the Chief of Police

Message From Police Chief James Leal

On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Newark Police Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive information about our department, its operations, and the programs we offer to serve our community. To ensure this effort is a success, we will update our site frequently to make it as useful and interactive as possible; however, I encourage you to contact us with comments and suggestions on how to improve.

I am very proud to serve you as the eighth Police Chief in Newark’s history since its incorporation in 1955. I have served this community since 1988 and have watched Newark grow from a small, sleepy town to a thriving and diverse city that is still rich with tradition and culture. While the city has grown and gone through many changes, the one thing that has not changed is the Newark Police Department’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our citizens. This is accomplished through a philosophy of community oriented policing and problem solving, public education, prevention, and proactive law enforcement efforts.

I have an exceptional staff of sworn and non-sworn personnel who work 24 hours a day to protect the lives and property in our community. Our goal is to deliver the highest level of professional service possible to all of our customers, whether internally to other city departments, or externally to you, our community members. Our core values of Honor, Integrity, Professionalism, Commitment, and Leadership define the Newark Police Department and are the keys to our success.

There are ways for you to get involved and make a difference as well. We offer an annual Citizen Police Academy to residents free of charge. During the Academy, you will learn more about the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as the function of some of our specialized teams such as the K9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Detective Division, Special Enforcement Team, Gang and Narcotic Task Forces, and SWAT. There are also general volunteer opportunities available through our RAVEN (Ready & Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark) program if you have the time and energy to spare. I also encourage you to stay connected to what's happening in Newark by signing up for our Nixle alerts.  Registration for this service is free, quick, and easy, and in return, you will receive trusted, up-to-date information directly from the Newark Police Department.

We wouldn’t be nearly as successful without all your support and for that I thank you.  It is an honor to serve as your Police Chief and to represent all the men and women who work very hard to make Newark a great place to work and live.


James Leal
Chief of Police