Ne­wark Po­lice to cel­e­brate 150th an­niver­sary with event Satur­day

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The Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment will cel­e­brate its 150th an­niver­sary by host­ing a pub­lic open house on Satur­day.

The free event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the po­lice sta­tion, lo­cated at 220 S. Main St.

“The Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment re­ceives tremen­dous pub­lic sup­port, for which the men and women who serve are grate­ful,” Chief Paul Tier­nan said in a state­ment. “We in­vite every­one to par­tic­i­pate in our 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion to com­mem­o­rate Ne­wark’s rich his­tory in law en­force­ment and our on­go­ing ef­forts to be a pos­i­tive presence in the com­mu­nity.”

The event will in­clude tours of the po­lice depart­ment, demon­stra­tions of spe­cial­ized po­lice units and games for chil­dren.

It will also mark the cul­mi­na­tion of NPD’s trad­ing card pro­gram, which en­cour­aged kids to col­lect trad­ing cards fea­tur­ing po­lice of­fi­cers. Any child who col­lected the com­plete set will be en­tered into a ran­dom draw­ing on Satur­day. The top prize is a trip to Dis­ney World.

NPD’s his­tory dates back to June 15, 1867, when Ne­wark, with a pop­u­la­tion of roughly 900 peo- ple, was get­ting a lit­tle out of hand. At the re­quest of some res­i­dents, the town gov­ern­ment came up with a few rules to main­tain or­der, such as no bois­ter­ous singing or un­due noise; no al­low­ing horses, cat­tle and pigs to run freely through the streets; and res­i­dents must shovel their side­walks and drive­ways 10 hours after snow­fall or face a fine of $1.

The town com­mis­sion­ers ap­pointed Jesse Rus­sell as a bailiff to en­force the rules.

There was no of­fi­cial po­lice sta­tion un­til 1890, when NPD moved into a build­ing on Academy Street next to Skid Row that is now used to house an Aetna Hose, Hook and Lad­der Com­pany am­bu­lance. NPD later moved to 294 E. Main Street, now Mar­garet’s An­tique Mall, and then to the cur­rent sta­tion on South Main Street.

Today, the depart­ment has 71 sworn of­fi­cers and 25 civil­ian em­ploy­ees.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Chief Allen P. Reed was the sole po­lice of­fi­cer in Ne­wark for a pe­riod in 1911 and 1912.

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