More About our Community Policing Initiatives
Project Medicine Drop
For too many New Jerseyans, addiction begins in the medicine cabinet.
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 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.Learn More
Coffee with a Cop
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.
Body Worn Cameras
The Newton Police Department equips each of its uniformed police officers with a body worn camera. Body-worn cameras are a valuable asset intended to document evidence and witness/suspect statements, improve Officer training and performance, prevent and resolve citizen complaints and strengthen accountability and public trust.
Due to the enormous popularity of Web and Mobile based apps, the Newton Police Department is now utilizing state of the art technology to receive crime tips. Citizens of Newton now have several options to securely submit crime tips to their local Police Department.
These services are for reporting tips to aid in investigations, not for reporting crimes in progress. To report a crime in progress call 9-1-1!
Submit Crime Tips Online
Use this online form to submit tips about crimes or other suspicious activity. Tips submitted through this website are encrypted, entirely confidential, completely anonymous and are immediately and securely transferred directly to police.
Text Message (SMS)
Texting a tip is easy. All you have to do is :
- Send Text Message tips to:
- Use the key word:
For example, text “NEWTON John Doe is selling drugs at describe location or vehicle“ to CRIMES (274-637).
We use a service which allows the sender to be 100% anonymous. The technology routes messages through a server that encrypts cell phone numbers before they get to police. The technology also allows investigators to securely reply back to the cell phone without compromising the tipster’s identity. No one will know the identity of the text tipster.
Newton Police Smartphone App
Use our iPhone app to submit anonymous tips. No short code or keywords required. Include images and video with your tips and have fully anonymous two-way dialogue and real-time chat.