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Newark Police Foundation

Newark Police Foundation

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About Us

The City of Newark is the largest city in the State of New Jersey, which maintains a residential population of nearly 300,000 people and enjoys well over 100,000 commuters and 40,000 college students each day, on average. The Newark Police Division is the largest municipal police department in the State of New Jersey and employs over 1,400 sworn and civilian members to protect Newark’s occupants. The Newark Police Foundation was created for the purpose of furthering the Newark Police Division’s mission of serving and protecting the residents of and visitors to the City of Newark.

As is often the case with cities of its size, Newark experiences significant demands and constraints on its resources. The Foundation strives to counteract the burgeoning demands on the Division by providing resources that are not readily available through other means. It supports innovative programs and projects designed to help the Division keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, community policing strategies, and training.

The Foundation has invested millions of dollars in projects to reduce crime in Newark, including the purchase of ShotSpotter sensors to help the Division detect gunshots before a call is made to 911, and the creation of the Crime Stoppers and Gun Stoppers Tip Hotlines which allow individuals to anonymously report suspicious or criminal activity and receive a reward for their efforts. The Foundation is currently focused on assisting the Division with community policing efforts and youth engagement.

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Our Mission

Our Mission

The Newark Police Foundation was created in 2006 with the mission of enhancing the effectiveness of the NewarkPolice Division (“Division”). The Foundation provides resources to the Division that are not readily available through other means, and supports innovative programs and projects designed to help the Division keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, community policing strategies, and training.

The Newark Police Foundation was very active in the community for about 7 years - from its creation in 2006 until 2013. During this time, the Foundation invested millions of dollars in projects to reduce crime in Newark, including the purchase of ShotSpotter sensors to help the Division detect gunshots before a call is made to 911, and the creation of the Crime Stoppers and Gun Stoppers Tip Hotlines which allow individuals to anonymously report suspicious or criminal activity and receive a reward for their efforts.

The Foundation was recently reconstituted, and is currently focused on assisting the Division with constructive engagement between the police and the communities they serve. Its current initiatives include fundraising to support the work of Newark’s Community Service Officers who engage in programs such as the Block Watch, Coffee with a Cop, and Police Explorer programs, and providing grants for the development and implementation of other innovative community policing initiatives in the future.

Crime Stoppers & Gun Stoppers

Crime Stoppers & Gun Stoppers

12400+

Anonymous Tips

787

Arrests

399

Recovered Guns

CrimeStoppers and GunStoppers is a partnership between the Foundation and the Newark Police Division, with the goal of lowering crime by recruiting help from the community. The Foundation also provides vital funds to the Crime Stoppers and Gun Stoppers Tip Hotlines, which award up to $1,000 for anonymous tips leading to an arrest or recovery of an illegal weapon. Since the inception of Crime Stoppers in March 2007, over 12,400 anonymous tips have led to 787 arrests and 399 recovered guns.

To submit an anonymous tip, please call 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or click the button below:

Crime Stoppers
Gun Stoppers

Our Leadership

Christopher Porrino,
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chair of the Litigation Department, Lowenstein Sandler, 60th Attorney General of New Jersey.

Modia Butler,
Co-President of the Board

Partner, Mercury Public Affairs, Former Senior Strategist for Cory Booker for President.

Carlos Couto,
Co-President of the Board

First Vice President & Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

James Crann,
Vice President of the Board

Vice President-Security and Life Safety, Prudential Center, Former 26 year veteran of NJ State Police.

Chip Hallock,
Treasurer

President & CEO, Newark Regional Business Partnership.

Leah Smith,
Secretary

Legal Counsel & Administrative Director - Litigation, Lowenstein Sandler.

Craig Carpenito,
Trustee

Partner at King & Spalding, Former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Rabbi Isaac Frankel,
Trustee

Managing Partner, Creative Capital Group, LLC & Chaplain for Newark Police, Essex County Corrections, and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

Bari Mattes,
Trustee

Independent Strategic Consultant, Former Senior Advisor to Senator Cory Booker & Former Campaign Finance Chair for Senator Booker’s 2014 reelection campaign.

Mary Toscano,
Trustee

Member at Sills Cummis, Former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit for the USAO-NJ.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Cops and Kids Community Policing Contest

As Newark starts to reopen, it’s time for our community and the Newark Police Department to reconnect! To advance this engagement, the Newark Police Foundation is hosting the Cops and Kids Community Policing Contest – a city-wide contest among the Newark Police Department precincts for the best community engagement programs and activities for Summer/Fall 2021! Each precinct will receive a grant from the Foundation to develop innovative community policing initiatives with a focus on youth engagement. Later this year, these initiatives will be judged by a committee of community stakeholders, and a grant will be established in the name of the winning precinct to support citywide implementation of its program.

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