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Newark Police Hub to Open at NewPark

The facility will serve as a place where community members can learn about the department's programs

Newark police officers will be visiting NewPark Mall more often — to volunteer time to educate community members about the Newark Police Department's programs.

The Newark police facility at the mall is a way sworn officers and Newark police volunteers can educate residents about the various ways they can become involved with community programs that are overseen by the Newark Police Department, said Sgt. Chomnan Loth.

“It’s a plan to form a community engagement center,” Loth added.

Residents will be able to collect brochures and talk with police department personnel once the center opens. Some community programs they might be able to learn about include the Neighborhood Watch program and Newark police’s community policing program, which is known as R.A.V.E.N. 

The time line of when the facility will open is unclear but Loth said the department is aiming for an opening in the next few weeks. He added that there won’t be dedicated times or days of operation hours at the center but that police hope to have it open often.

What types of Newark Police Department programs would you like to learn more about? Tell us in the comments section below.

James Nelson February 15, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Excellent Idea! I'm interested to see if the Increased PD Presence at the Mall will have any affect on the numerous Shoplifters busted at the Mall.
NewBomb Turk February 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Are we hiring more officers or will we have less on the street to cover the Mall.
Nika Megino (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Sgt. Loth said the sworn officers who will visit the mall will do so on a volunteer basis (not while on duty), but residents will also find residents who volunteer with the department at the community engagement center once it opens.
Mona Taplin February 16, 2013 at 05:57 AM
I will feel safer shopping at the mall with police there. I think that was an excellent idea.
LShaw February 17, 2013 at 07:14 AM
I went to the mall tonight with my 3 year old and there was a police officer and K-9 walking through the mall. The office stopped so my daughter could pet the dog and then the officer gave her a sticker. I saw him several times through out the night there and he was often stopped talking to kids and parents. It not only made me feel very safe, but there was a since of community that was really awesome. Thanks so much to the Newark PD for all you do and for this new form of community outreach.

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