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Newark PD looks at bolstering community policing efforts

The village of Newark police force hopes it can improve community policing in the next several months.

Getting engaged with the community is going to be part of a new initiative that the Newark Police Department is undertaking.

Newark Police Chief Mark Thoms says traffic stops, accidents, or an arrest should not be the only times people interact with law enforcement.

“Instead of staying in their cars, our officers will be on the street and engage with members of the community,” Thoms said this week. “We want the public to see our officers as people out there trying to do their job, instead of just helping in a negative situation.”

He’s also encouraging residents to engage with police if they feel there is an issue or shortcoming. Concerns or comments can be directed to [email protected] or by phone at 315-331-3701.