The Newton Police Department utilizes a variety of methods to disseminate information to the public. Citizens can stay informed by using the services outlined below.
Newton Police Press Releases
The Newton Police Department's Public Information Officer regularly distributes information relating to notable incidents, upcoming road closures or traffic changes, and other pertinent information through the use of press releases.
You can also sign up to receive the press releases by email:
The Newton Police Department believes that sharing information about criminal activity and the efforts of the Department helps to build trust and accountability. We provide information regarding police activity and calls for service to CrimeReports.com to provide an easy way for citizens to learn about the police department's activities.
We also encourage citizens to consider signing up for the site's crime alerts feature.
If you use Facebook, you already have an easy way to stay connected to us. Simply log into your Facebook account and "Like" the Newton Police Facebook Page.
The Newton Police Department also utilizes Twitter to help communicate short, useful alerts to area residents and business owners. If you have a twitter account of your own, sign in and follow us.
Outbound 9-1-1 is a system that allows emergency dispatch centers to notify residents of emergency events. When activated by officials, this automated system calls homes and businesses in the affected area and delivers a recorded message to notify the public about the emergency and what actions they may need to take.
To ensure that your wireless or VOIP phone is registered for this service, complete a registration form.
Wireless AMBER Alerts
Statistics show that the first three hours after a child abduction are the most critical in recovery efforts. By signing up to receive free wireless AMBER alerts on your cell phone, you could play an integral role in the recovery of an abducted child.
NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows State Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event.
Register Ready is a confidential statewide online database that enables individuals with special needs and/or agencies that care for them to self identify in order for emergency responders to know who they are, what their needs are and where they reside.
If you are an individual who would have difficulty in meeting your needs during a serious emergency (such as evacuation from your residence), then signing up with Register Ready will provide important information to emergency service agencies as they allocate resources and respond. Providing information before a disaster allows for better planning and managing of resources during an emergency.
Each year, more than 400 people with dementia and other cognitive disorders go missing in New Jersey. According to nationwide statistics published by the Alzheimer's Association, up to half of such cases end in injury or death when the missing person is not found within 24 hours.
Police issue a Silver Alert when such a person appears to have gone missing and a missing persons report has been filed; the missing person is believed to be in danger; there is reason to believe the alert will help locate the person, and there is information available that could help find them.
The Silver Alert is then disseminated by police using emergency alerting methods such as NJ Alert. Highway message alert signs may be utilized, and news media may broadcast the information to assist in reaching the largest audience possible.