Crime Prevention Bureau
It is the mission of the Newton Police Department to serve our citizens by engaging in activities that benefit all in our community, from the youth to our senior citizens through programs of education and crime prevention and to accomplish these goals by adhering to a core set of values that include integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and compassion.
The Newton Police Department is starting a crime prevention program which will include but not limited to the following:
- Online safety strategies for children and teens
- Awareness of fraud, ID theft and other internet crimes
- Home Security Surveys
- Gun Safety
- Theft Prevention
- Bike Safety, free bike helmets
- Abduction prevention and fingerprinting programs
- Firearm Safety
- Internet Safety Measures
- Retail store security
- Proper alarm and camera installation
- Shoplifting Prevention
- ABC Regulations, underage drinking deterrence
Motor Vehicle Safety
- Roadway Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- Passenger Safety
Crimes Against the Elderly
- Avoiding Sales Calls
- Nigerian Scam
- Telemarketing fraud
- Telephone Cramming
- ID Theft victim tips
- Pyramids and Multilevel marketing schemes
- Travel Fraud
- How to sign up for the national "Do not Call" registry
- Charity Scams
- Credit Card loss protection
- Avoiding identity theft
- Phony medicare prescription drug plans
- Prize and sweepstakes scams
The Newton Police Department invites community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Newton. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers can be unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make and maintain lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
Check out our Facebook Page for information regarding upcoming Coffee with a Cop dates and locations.
The Newton Police Department is proud to participate in Project Medicine Drop, joining with other law enforcement agencies in a statewide initiative from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. The medication drop box is now available in the lobby at Police Headquarters located at 39 Trinity Street Newton NJ. The box will allow members of the public to safely and securely dispose of unused and/or expired medications anonymously, sevens days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
- For people or for pets
- Other medical waste
Visit the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs for more information.
Ptl. Thomas Tosti serves as our our D.A.R.E. instructor and our Juvenile Officer. If you have any questions, please contact Ptl. Tosti at (973) 383-2525 or .
Underage Drinking Prevention
Underage drinking is when anyone under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 drinks alcohol.Underage drinking is a risk that attracts many developing adolescents and teens. When young people try alcohol, they often don’t realize the damaging effects drinking can have on their own lives, their families, and their communities.Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a widespread public health problem that poses many risks.
Request our Services
If you're interested in requesting crime prevention services or have suggestions for future programs, please contact Sgt. Frank Philhower, program coordinator, at 973-383-2525 or .
Crime Prevention Resources
- "I'm from the Government...": Sweepstakes Scams Feature Con Artists Impersonating Government Officials - Describes fraudulent sweepstakes scams and how to avoid them.
- Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards: What To Do If They're Lost or Stolen - How to deal with a lost payment card.
- FTC.gov - Provides numerous resources for consumers to protect themselves from scams.
- National Crime Prevention Council