Newton Police Department

  • Agency: Newton Police Department
  • Address: 39 Trinity St, Newton , 07860 NJ
  • Chief: Michael Richards (Chief of Police)
Phone: 973-383-2525
Fax: 973-383-0090

Newton Police Department is located at 39 Trinity St, Newton , 07860 NJ. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Richards. The Newton Police Department phone number is 973-383-2525.

Newton Police Department News

On Wednesday February 21, 2018 at about 2:26 pm, the Newton Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on High Street (Rt. 94) near the intersection of Church Street. Officers immediately responded and found Michael J. Bencivenga, a 70-year-old resident of Newton lying on the ground unresponsive. Newton First Aid Squad, St. Clare’s Paramedic Unit and Atlantic Health Aeromedical were all requested and responded. Bencivenga was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of his injuries that included injuries to his head and the sides of his body. He is currently listed in critical condition. The vehicle that struck him was at the scene and the driver was identified as Howard B. Kern, an 83-year-old resident of Fredon, NJ. Investigation was conducted at the scene and any charges are pending further investigation. A portion of High Street was closed briefly during the on-scene investigation. Responding Officers included Sergeant Michael Monaco, Det. Sergeant Steven VanNieuwland, Det. Thomas Tosti, Ptl. John Flanagan, Ptl. Jared Zappa and Ptl. Anthony Keiling. They were also assisted at the scene by members of the Newton Water & Sewer Department and Newton Fire Department as well as Detectives from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, please contact the Newton Police at 973-383-2525 or submit tips anonymously via Text “274-637” with the keyword “NEWTON” (

Newton Police recently completed #NotEvenOnce training to approximately 450 11th and 12th grade students at Newton High School. Earlier today, the students were all given a t-shirt to help them remember the lessons learned, fortifying them against the opioid epidemic that claims the lives of 175 people every day in America. In response to the growing opiate epidemic, several officers from the Newton Police Department were trained in a program entitled #NotEvenOnce. This program was started by the Manchester Township Police Department in New Jersey - This program, instructed by police officers, brings law enforcement together with educators in an attempt to combat this disease and to reinforce a common theme that is often heard from those struggling with addiction - that if they hadn’t have tried opiates even once, they never would have become addicted and encountered the numerous health, legal, and social issues that are associated with opiate addiction. #NotEvenOnce meets the New Jersey Learning Standards for health classes. The goal is to make students aware of the dangers of opiates before they go to college or enter the work force. Another goal is to teach students how to make healthy decisions. Detective Sergeant Steve VanNieuwland, Det. Tom Tosti and Det. Joe D’Annibale taught this program to the 11th and 12th grade students over the course of four weeks. The officers spent the majority of the four weeks full-time at the school teaching the program in their health classes. The program was very interactive, and the students were extremely attentive. The program was supported in part by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office’s “Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program”. We would also like to thank the Manchester Township Police Department for the development of this program and the Newton High School for working with us to bring this important program to our community. Newton Public Schools #CommunityPolicing #opioidepidemic

A vigilant public is an invaluable component of public safety. We would rather investigate 100 cases that turn out to be false than fail to be informed of something that turns out to be a problem. We always appreciate tips from the community and can receive them anonymously. Find out how at or just call us at 973-383-2525.

We have an outstanding relationship with the administration of the Newton Schools and we work closely with them to help maintain safety and security for all who attend or are employed there. We continually communicate, share information, plan, prepare, train and improve wherever possible. Dr. Greene's blog post has some great information - please read and share.

Chief Richards discusses the Sussex County CLEAR Program with Issues and Ideas host Chris DeBello, aired this morning on local radio stations. Please share and visit to learn more and find out how to help.

Newton Police Lieutenant Mark Zappa and Patrolman Jared Zappa, along with members of the Hardyston Police Department, were honored to participate earlier today in the medal presentation to #SONewJersey athletes at the conclusion of the Special Olympics NJ Winter Games at Skylands Ice World in Hardyston Township.

PRESS RELEASE: Arrest - Possession of CDS On 2/3/18 at about 1:43a.m., Ptl. Jared Zappa was on patrol in the area of the Holiday Inn Express when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot idling and occupied by a male subject. Subsequent investigation, revealed that Ptl. Zappa detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from inside of the vehicle. The male occupant, identified as Joshua Rubin, age 39, of Holmdel, N.J., admitted to possessing marijuana with the intention of smoking it and a search incident to arrest revealed multiple items of paraphernalia (smoking pipes) as well as less than 50 grams of CDS. As a result, Rubin was arrested and charged with the following: N.J.S. 2C:35-10A(4) Possession of CDS (Under 50g) Disorderly Persons N.J.S. 2C:36-2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Smoking pipes, Marijuana grinder) Disorderly Persons 39:4-49.1 Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle Rubin was served with a complaint summons and released pending Court. Investigating Officers: Ptl. Jared Zappa, Ptl. John Flanagan, Ptl. Anthony Keiling and Sgt. Michael Monaco. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please visit for more information. Requests for further information can be directed to the Public Information Officer at 973-383-2525. **Please note that all individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until found guilty in a Court of law.** #NewtonPD #NewtonNJ

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RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE W/ INJURIES On Saturday January 27, 2018 at 6:26 am, Newton Police received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting a house on fire and patrols immediately responded to the area and found a structure fire at 75 Trinity Street, which is a two-family dwelling consisting of an upstairs and downstairs apartment. Upon arrival, Patrolman Russell Post and Patrolman Jose Morales observed thick smoke and flames coming from the residence. The downstairs tenants, Ruth Pellek (age 35), Jason Staton (age 38), and their two young children (female age 1 and male age 6) were already out of the apartment. Patrolman Morales attempted to climb the stairs leading to the 2nd floor apartment, but due to the heavy smoke and fire, he was unable do to so. As Patrolman Morales exited the apartment, both he and Patrolman Post observed two people, William Thogode (age 57) and his friend Melanie Griffiths (age 41), exit a window and were standing on the roof of the front covered porch, which is approximately 12 feet off the ground. Patrolman Post positioned his patrol vehicle next to the porch and both Officers assisted Thogode and Griffiths off the porch roof onto the roof of the patrol vehicle and to safety. Before escaping the fire, Thogode suffered 2nd degree burns to his head along with smoke inhalation. He was transported to the Newton Medical Center where he was subsequently transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Thogode was listed in critical but stable condition. Sussex County Assistant Fire Marshalls responded to the scene along with Detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation revealed the specific cause of the fire is undetermined and not suspicious, originating between the floor joists of the ceiling dividing the first and second floors. Newton Fire Department responded to the scene and were assisted by the Andover Fire Department and Byram Fire Department. The Hampton and Fredon Fire Departments were on stand-by at Newton Firehouse #1. Newton First Aid Squad and Atlantic Ambulance responded to the scene and Lakeland and Stillwater Ambulance were on stand-by.

Congratulations to Detective Sergeant Steve VanNieuwland for graduating from the prestigious Command & Leadership Academy of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, a program whose mission is "To promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout New Jersey."

Arrest - Aggravated Assault, Poss. of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Burglary(14), Theft (14): During the overnight hours into Saturday, 1/20/18, numerous burglaries to unlocked motor vehicles occurred within the Town of Newton. Specifically, in the area of Hillside Terrace and Landmark West Apartments. Officers and Detectives initiated an investigation and increased patrols in the area. -- CONTINUE - -

View police activity near your home or business with Newton Police crime reports application - updated every day.

CLEAR program is expanding, forging new partnerships and growing stronger in fight to help county residents struggling with addiction. Everyone can help and everyone benefits as substance use disorders permeate our communities affecting quality of life for all. Sussex County CLEAR Program Sunrise House Newton Medical Center The Center for Prevention & Counseling

Great community collaboration and partnership with the Sunrise House. Visit the Sussex County CLEAR Program for further information.

Pedestrian Struck by Motor Vehicle: On 1/8/18 at 11:15a.m., Newton Police received a report of a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian in the parking lot of the Newton Shop-Rite supermarket. Upon arrival, investigation revealed that a 2015 Honda CRV being operated by Beverly Barney of Stillwater, age 70, was making a left hand -- CONTINUE - -

Chief Mike Richards - "Until now, it was not evident where to channel the energies of those who were moved to action. Now, the answer is CLEAR. The tireless work of our recovery coaches and the invaluable hope that they bring will help turn the tide on this epidemic." He said, "CLEAR will reduce the number of families that experience the devastation of losing a child to overdose. I applaud civic-minded businesses like TJ's Pizzeria, who so generously give and who so genuinely commit themselves to the betterment of their communities." Sussex County CLEAR Program

Warrant Arrest/Parole Violation: On 12/29/17 at 11:07a.m., Ptl. Mahir Kaylani was present at 33 Mill Street conducting an unrelated investigation when he observed a male known to him to be Matthew Delgado, age 26, of Newton who reportedly may have an existing warrant for his arrest. A subsequent check revealed that a warrant -- CONTINUE - -

MVA-DWI Arrest: On 1/1/18 at 2:10p.m., the Newton Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a pick-up truck had crashed into a house at 57 High Street and that the vehicle was trying to leave the scene. Officers responded to the area and found the vehicle being operated by Tod A. Theise, age, 55, -- CONTINUE - -

Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year! Here's something to keep in mind to help prevent traffic fatalities. #BuzzedDrivingIsDrunkDriving

MVA - Car vs. Pole, Road Closure: On 12/28/17 at about 2:02p.m., the Newton Police received a 9-1-1 report of a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle into a telephone pole in the area of 83 Woodside Avenue. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver, Felix Morales, age 26, of Sparta Avenue, Newton was heading -- CONTINUE - -

Possesssion of CDS, Paraphernalia: On 12/28/17 at 1:57p.m., Sgt. Michael Monaco observed a Ford Focus being operated by Ryan Devine, age 38, of Main Street, Newton being operated northbound on Water Street as he was utilizing his cell phone. As a result, Devine was stopped on Water Street and Sgt. Monaco observed an empty bag -- CONTINUE - -

Chief Mike Richards is proud to announce the appointment of two new hometown officers at tonight's Town Council Meeting. Patrolman Anthony Keiling and Patrolman Donald Meisinger were sworn in before the Newton Town Council. Both of the new Officers grew up in Newton and bring with them valuable education and prior experience. Chief Richards expressed appreciation to the Town Manager and the governing body for their continued support of the Police Department. We wish the new Officers success and safety in their careers.