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Newtown, Connecticut

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History Of NDPS

In the year 1705, a company of men from the then important settlement of Stratford and Milford bought a tract of land from the Indians living on a stream called Pootatuck. This land was incorporated as a town. In distinction of the old town of Stratford, from which it was taken, it was called NEWTOWN.

It is one of the lovely hill towns of our wonderful state of Connecticut. The founders had respect for beauty in locating it on a ridge, commanding a picturesque view.  They also had the idea of dignity in laying out a wide main street. The department's patch is a symbol of the historic center of Newtown and the famous flagpole which sits in the middle of Main Street.



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Within a year, the small settlement boasted forty-eight families, who yearned and hungered to become a full fledged town with  such privileges as the other colonial towns enjoyed. The general assembly meeting in New Haven so endowed Newtown on
October 11, 1711.

Whereupon the townspeople immediately held a town meeting and promptly elected a town clerk, constables (police officers),and other officials.

Today the Department consists of Forty-Five Sworn personnel in the Administrative Services, Operations Bureau, Detective Division, Patrol Division and Five Civilians. They are responsible for the Town which encompasses an area of 60 square miles populated by 29,000 people.
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Newtown Department of Police Services
Historical Timeline
(Statistics are taken from the Newtown Annual Reports)
(Number of sworn personnel reflects the number of officers listed in the Newtown Annual Reports, not actual strength)

2013 - 45 Sworn Officers
2012 - 45 Sworn Officers
2011 - 45 Sworn Officers
2010 - 45 Sworn Officers
2009 -  47 Sworn Officers
2008 -  47 Sworn Officers
[Link]2007 -  44 Sworn Officers
2006 - 46 Sworn Officers      (11/16/06 Western Ct. Credit Union Robbery)
2005 - 43 Sworn Officers
2004 - 42 Sworn Officers
2003 - 41 Sworn Officers
2002 - 40 Sworn Officers
2001 - 38 Sworn Officers
2000 - 36 Sworn Officers
1999 - 37 Sworn Officers
1998 - 34 Sworn Officers
1997 - 37 Sworn Officers
1996 - 36 Sworn Officers
1995 - 36 Sworn Officers
1994 - 33 Sworn Officers
1993 - 31 Sworn Officers
1992 - 31 Sworn Officers
1991 - 31 Sworn Officers
1990 - 31 Sworn Officers
1989 - 29 Sworn Officers
1988 - 29 Sworn Officers
1987 - 28 Sworn Officers
1986 - 27 Sworn Officers        (Crafts "Woodchipper" Case)
1985 - 28 Sworn Officers
1984 - 25 Sworn Officers
1983 - 25 Sworn Officers
1982 - 25 Sworn Officers
1981 - 25 Sworn Officers
1980 - 25 Sworn Officers
1979 - 24 Sworn Officers
1978 - 23 Sworn Officers
1977 - 23 Sworn Officers
1976 - 26 Sworn Officers
1975 - 24 Sworn Officers
1974 - 23 Sworn Officers
1973 - 22 Sworn Officers
1972 - 21 Sworn Officers
1971 - 17 Sworn Officers   
(Organized as Police Department from a Constabulary Force)