Newark Police to Host 14th Citizens’ Police Academy

The Newark Police Department will be hosting its 14th Citizens’ Police Academy starting on Wednesday October 9, 2019.  The Academy will run every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm until November 20, 2019.

The program is designed to give citizens who are interested in learning about law enforcement a unique opportunity to observe firsthand the various duties and responsibilities of a police officer.  Anyone over the age of 18 may apply and there is no cost to attend the program.  Preference is given to City of Newark residents, but City residency is not required.

The program will offer a variety of instruction to the attendees, including classroom lecture, first-hand participation and role-playing. The program curriculum highlights include:

  • Crime Scene Investigation and Processing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) investigation procedures
  • Firearms (including shooting at the range)
  • K-9 demonstration
  • Patrol procedures
  • Police Culture
  • Ride-Along
  • Special Investigations Unit
  • SWAT
  • Traffic Enforcement – RADAR & LIDAR
  • Use of Force

Citizens interested in applying for the program can apply online by going to the Citizens’ Police Academy page at  Applicants may also obtain a paper application from the Newark Police Records Department during normal business hours.

Questions about the program can be directed to M/Cpl Will Smith at or (302) 366-7100 x. 3413.

Applications will be accepted until September 6, 2019.

Fatal Crash on Library Avenue (DE Rt. 72)

On July 8, 2019, at about 0736 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to a crash with injuries at the intersection of Library Avenue (DE State Route 72) and Wyoming Road.  Responding officers conducted an investigation at the scene.  Officers determined that a 2005 Mack dump truck was traveling southbound on Library Avenue approaching Wyoming Road.  At the same time, a 2012 Jeep Patriot was traveling northbound on Library Avenue in the left turn lane to westbound Wyoming Road.  Both vehicles had solid green lights.  The Jeep turned left in front of the dump truck and the Jeep was struck on the passenger side while in the intersection.

As a result of the crash, the operator of the Jeep, Michael Gazo, 76, of Newark, sustained unspecified injuries that were not initially believed to be life-threatening.  He was admitted to an area hospital at that time.  The driver of the dump truck was uninjured.

On July 16, 2019, Newark Police were notified that Gazo, who was still admitted to the hospital, succumbed to the injuries received as a result of the crash.

No prosecution is anticipated in this case.

Library & Wyoming