The City of Newburgh Police Department is an active department of 84 sworn officers and 15 non-sworn staff. All officers have passed civil service exams, rigorous training and physical fitness requirements before entering a patrol car for duty. After academy training, officers participate in field training where they spend several months with seasoned field training officers learning about department policies and procedures, as well as learning about the City of Newburgh itself.
In 2014, officers fielded 28,724 calls for service. This is the equivalent of one call for service for every resident of the city. This included 21,000 public generated calls for service from sources such as 911, direct emergency phone lines and walk-in complaints. Public generated calls for service showed a 5% decrease in volume compared to 2013 levels. Additionally, City of Newburgh Police officers initiated 7,724 proactive entries in 2014. This includes activities like traffic stops, premise checks and narcotics interdiction among other activities. This was a 13% increase over 2013 volume and accounted for 27% of the Department’s calls for service entries for the year.
The City of Newburgh Police Department submits crime information to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services on a monthly basis. This information follows the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Uniform Crime Reporting standards. As such, the Department regularly tracks information pertaining to the major crimes that fall under the Part One crime definitions set forth by the FBI. These include the Violent Crimes of Murder, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, as well as the Property Crime of Burglary, Larceny-theft and Motor Vehicle Theft. In 2014, the City of Newburgh recorded 1,283 total Part One crimes. This was a 13% reduction compared to 2013 totals. This included a 5% reduction in Violent Crime and a 17% reduction in Property Crime. In 2014, the Department investigated 1 Homicide, 22 Rapes, 124 Robberies, 272 Aggravated Assaults, 230 Burglaries, 577 Larcenies and 57 Auto Thefts. This was the second year in a row for crime reduction in the City.
Increases in officer initiated activity combined with intensive investigations into serious crime, along with innovative programs and partnerships have allowed the City of Newburgh Police Department to continue crime reduction efforts. New techniques are combined with good old fashion police work to improve the entire community. The Department actively seeks grants and partnerships to improve police operations. This has allowed the Department to do more with less. While budget constraints still exist, the needs of the community for an active law enforcement agency is still prevalent. Consequently, the Department continues to be creative, use evidence based practices and improve
Daniel C. Cameron
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