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.