Due to ongoing efforts to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Newark Police Department’s Records Division is closed to the walk-in public. Requests for copies of police reports and other information should be made in writing or by telephone. The Records Division will be available by telephone Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm at (302) 366-7100 option 3. All payments must be made by check or money order sent via mail or can be placed into the payment dropbox in the Municipal Building lobby.
The form for requesting a copy of a police report can be found here.
Anyone who walks into the police lobby for police assistance will still be able to contact a police officer at all times of the day.
On March 14, 2020, at about 2157 hours, Newark Police were called to a residence in the unit block of Caldwell Place for a report of a gunshot being fired. Arriving officers contacted a resident on the street who reported that he had accidentally fired a shot from a firearm within his residence.
This resident, identified as Wiktor Kedzierzawski, 27, was taken into custody without incident. An investigation revealed that Kedzierzawski was “dry firing” a handgun inside his residence, when he accidentally fired a round through a wall of the residence. Officers found that the round had penetrated one piece of drywall of a common, adjoining wall, but did not penetrate through a second piece of drywall into the occupied, adjoining residence next door. Contact was made with the owner of that residence and no one was injured.
The handgun involved was recovered at the scene.
Kedzierzawski was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Reckless Endangering First Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. Kedzierzawski appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $15,000 secured bail. Kedzierzawski posted bail and was released.
Over the past several days, Newark Police have internally prepared our officers and employees to continue to perform their job functions while also attempting to minimize exposure to anyone infected by Coronavirus. This includes distribution of additional personal protective equipment and dissemination of information about how to deal with the virus and people who may be affected. Newark is currently the only municipality in the state in which there are presumptive positive cases of the virus.
Although there are no changes in police services being provided to members of the public, there may be two noticeable differences when a member of the public contacts Newark Police:
These measures are being undertaken to minimize the risk of exposure of our personnel to the virus.
The public is also reminded that the Governor has declared a state of emergency requesting that event hosts cancel any planned gatherings of 100 or more people. The declaration can be found here.
Anyone with questions about the virus, or who wants updated information, should refer to public information available from the Delaware Division of Public Health or the United States Centers for Disease Control.