Newark Police Announce Promotions

The Newark Police Department announces the promotion of four police officers and a police dispatcher effective this month:

Sergeant Chris Jones to Lieutenant
Master Corporal James Skinner to Sergeant
Corporal Aaron Olicker to Master Corporal
Corporal Joseph Kendrick to Master Corporal
Communications Officer Jamal Boanes to Communications Officer II

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold a formal promotion ceremony at this time.

Lt. Jones, an 18-year veteran, spent a significant portion of his career as a K-9 handler and was instrumental in starting the Newark Police K-9 program.  He is a Master Firearms Instructor and has been the Department’s primary firearms instructor for a number of years.  Lt. Jones will take over the Special Enforcement Division, which consists of the Traffic Unit, Special Operations Unit and Animal Control.

Sgt. Skinner, a 15-year veteran, previously worked as a Detective in the Family Services Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division.  He is the Team Leader of the Newark PD Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  Sgt. Skinner will command a patrol platoon in the Patrol Division.

M/Cpl. Olicker, an 8-year veteran, is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and a CPR/AED Instructor.  He is a member of the Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team.  M/Cpl Olicker will work as an assistant shift supervisor in the Patrol Division.

M/Cpl. Kendrick, a 19-year veteran, has worked in the Street Crimes Unit and is a Field Training Officer.  He also assists at major crime scenes as an Evidence Technician.  M/Cpl. Kendrick will work as an assistant shift supervisor in the Patrol Division.

CO II Boanes, a 7-year veteran, works in the 911 center as a call taker and dispatcher.  He is a certified emergency police dispatcher.  In his new role, he will train newly hired communications officers and will lead a shift of dispatchers.

The Newark Police Department congratulates all of these employees on their promotions and wishes them continued success in their new assignments.