History of the Newton Police Department

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HISTORY OF THE NEWTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
SERVING SINCE 1872

2010 Dept Patch

1930's - 1940's

1940's - 1950's

1960's - 1970's

1970's - 1990's

1990's - 2009

2010 - Present

In February 1872, Newton was incorporated as a Third Class city.  William Brooks, a stage coach driver, was appointed the first City Marshal of Newton.  He resigned in June 1872 after being shot.

Newton's early days were filled with violence and bloodshed.  Newton was described as "the toughest, loudest and most dangerous spot in the West."

Gradually, Newton settled down and began to develop into a peaceful and prosperous community.  The city was protected by numerous City Marshals until 1928 when J.W. Brown was appointed the first Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety.  There have been 32 City Marshals and Police Chiefs in Newton.

Today, the Newton Police Department has 33 Police Officers and 5 civilian personnel.  The department has a number of specialized units, which include the K-9 Unit, Drugs and Narcotics Unit and School Resource Officers.  The Newton Police Department also has programs for Police Reserve Officers and Cadet Officers.

 

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