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Mayor Ras Baraka And Newark Police Department Launch 2015 Business Police Academy

Newark, NJ – March 13, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos announced that the Newark Police Department’s second “Business Police Academy” was launched last night, at the Police/Fire Communications Center, located at 311 Washington Street.

The free 13-week class will continue on Thursday evenings at the same site. The academy is a program that will enable participants to experience firsthand how the police department operates and performs its day-to-day business of protecting and serving the citizens and visitors of the city. The goal of the program is to strengthen the relationship between the community and the department while giving business owners an “insider’s view” of law enforcement. It will work to dispel any misconceptions that participants may have about policing. The last time such a class was held was in 2011.

“We are determined to break down the barriers between the Police Department and all sectors of our community, and that includes the business community,” said Mayor Baraka. “These measures have included working with the US Department of Justice monitor, moving the Internal Affairs Bureau to City Hall, and creating a Civilian Complaint Review Board. Now we are engaging our business leaders as full partners in our efforts to eliminate crime in Newark. I congratulate the Police Department on restoring this program and extend my best wishes to all the participants.

Instructions are given primarily by police personnel and will include attending a firearms training session for uniformed officers and classes on firearms safety and patrol techniques. The participants will gain an understanding of the decision-making process involved in deterring crime and how to detect and report crime.

Other areas to be covered are constitutional and state laws, laws affecting business owners (shoplifting, theft, etc.) local ordinances and safety and security issues.

There are no costs for this program. The class size is limited to 40 participants. The class is comprised of Newark business owners, managers and employees.

“I think this a wonderful opportunity for business owners and their staff to experience in a controlled environment the inner working of the police department and some of the training our officers receive,” said Police Director Venable. “As a staunch advocate of community policing, I am thrilled to have the business owners join us in a partnership that will certainly help in crime reduction and an improved quality of life.”


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