Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka had a vision to consolidate the Police, Fire, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security under the newly created Department of Public Safety. The merger enhances public safety by reducing costs and making the operations of police, fire and OEM more efficient and effective. Mayor Baraka selected Director Anthony F. Ambrose to head the department in January of 2016.
The departments are now known as the Police Division, Fire Division, and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The consolidation has also resulted in the creation of a Communications Division. The operating budget for the Department of Public Safety is in excess of $200 million a year and is staffed more than 1,900 employees, with more than 990 sworn Police Officers and over 630 sworn firefighters.
The Police Division is entrusted to protect and serve the citizens of the City of Newark by securing neighborhoods, business districts, municipal assets and life, liberty and property. The Police Division currently responds to more than 520, 000 calls for service yearly.
The Fire Division is also tasked with protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Newark. They accomplish this by fighting fires and responding to sudden medical emergencies and exposure to dangerous conditions whether natural or man-made. Each year, the Fire Division responds to over 16,720 calls for service.
The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM) is responsible for coordinating training, preparedness and response to man-made and natural disasters. These events include blizzards, hurricanes, extreme heat, acts of terrorism and special events. The Division of OEM works with its public and private partners to accomplish this goal.
The Communications Division unifies 911 calls and responses, as well as internal operational communication between the Police, Fire Divisions and OEM when necessary. The 911-call center handles approximately 960,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year
We, the members of the Department of Public Safety's Police Division, exist to serve the diverse population within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and sensitivity. We are committed to the protection of life and property; the prevention of crime and the safeguarding of Constitutional guarantees. Empowered by the community, we are committed to enhance the quality of life and foster a sense of security to enable citizens to live, work, be educated and prosper in the city of Newark. We nurture the public's trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and integrity. We, the men and women of the Police Division, who represent the varied culture in this city, pledge that through our effort, we will establish a new standard of excellence in law enforcement and service to our community.