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.
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.
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 residents.
Newtown Department of Police Services Historical Timeline
(Statistics are taken from the Newtown Annual Reports, not actual strength)
2015 - 45 Sworn Officers
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)
1986 - 27 Sworn Officers (Crafts "Woodchipper" Case)
1971 - 17 Sworn Officers (Organized as Police Department from a Constabulary Force)