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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 2015, officers fielded 32,920 calls for service. This is the equivalent of one call for service for every resident of the city. This included 22,183 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 5.63% increase in volume compared to 2014 levels. Additionally, City of Newburgh Police officers initiated 10,737 proactive entries in 2015. This includes activities like traffic stops, premise checks and narcotics interdiction among other activities. This was a 39% increase over 2014 volume and accounted for 33% of the Department’s calls for service entries for the year.
The City of Newburgh Police Department submits information pertaining to the Uniform Crime Report system monthly to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) dictates reporting standards for crimes. The first part of the UCR, known as the Part One crimes, covers the major Violent Crimes of Murder, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, along with the major Property Crimes of Burglary (Residential and Commercial), Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft. The City of Newburgh experienced 1,209 Part One crimes in 2015 (Table 3). This was a 6% reduction in total Part One crime compared to 2014. This is the fourth year in a row to show a yearly decrease in Part One crime. This was below a five year average of 1,589, as well as below a ten year average of 1,560.
The City experienced a slight reduction in Violent Crime in 2015 compared to 2014. This was the third consecutive yearly reduction in Violent Crime. The Violent Crime subcategories showed mix results. Homicides saw an increase of 300% with four incidents. It should be noted that 2014’s single homicide was the lowest homicide level in ten years. The City shows a five year homicide average of five incidents and a ten year average of four incidents. Homicide constitutes the lowest percentage of Part One crime in the City. Rapes showed a slight reduction in 2015, while Robberies showed a slight increase. Aggravated Assaults also yielded a reduction in 2015, which help drive the overall reduction in Violent Crime.
The City also saw a decrease in Property Crime in 2015. Residential Burglaries experienced a notable reduction compared to 2014, but Commercial Burglaries did not fair as well. Commercial Burglaries spiked in January and February of 2015 causing a increase that held for the entire year. Over 21% of all Burglaries in 2015 showed an unsecured structure. Larcenies yielded a reduction in 2015. Thefts from Buildings were the most frequent Larceny subcategory and showed an increase of 19% compared to 2014. Theft from Motor Vehicles were the most frequent Larceny type in 2014, but after a reduction of 30% in 2015, this Larceny type was a distant second.
Gun Violence in the City of Newburgh showed mix results in 2015 compared to 2014. The City experienced increased gun violence towards the end of the year that had significant impacts on the year end totals. The City was on track to accomplish a reduction in bullet to body shootings through the end of October 2015 with a 12% reduction year to date. November 2015 experienced a dramatic increase in shooting victims with twelve people shot in six different incidents, including one incident with five victims. This significantly contributed to the end of year increase of 15% in bullet to body shootings.
The City of Newburgh Police Department, through its Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been implementing multiple evidence based programs in the City to target gun violence. These programs include hotspot policing to target emerging issues in the City, as well as other programs like the Group Violence Intervention model which targets known violent offenders while offering assistance to other subjects to course correct their criminal behavior. While these programs take time to show significant results, the City saw fewer gun related Aggravated Assaults in 2015 (-24%). Total gun related incidents tracked for these grant programs yielded a reduction of 18% in 2015 compared to 2014.
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
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