Douglas Solomon Sworn in as The City of Newburgh’s New Police Chief
By Michael Lebron
Douglas Solomon was sworn in as the City of Newburgh’s new Police chief during the City Council’s February 26 meeting.
Solomon brings 30 years of experience in police work to Newburgh. He was Police Chief of the Village of Monticello for ten years. He was then Police Chief of Beacon for another seven years, where he was instrumental in the revitalization and renaissance of that municipality.
He has worked in a jurisdiction with significant socio-economic problems, and has worked extensively with the NAACP, the Monticello Housing Authority and the Community Progressive Response group in order to stabilize and address problems in the community as well as building relationships and trust between diverse community constituencies and the police department.
Chief Solomon has extensive skills and experience in planning, organizing, supervising, directing and coordinating police operations at all levels. Of note, as the Beacon Chief he wrote and obtained an Impact Tools Grant to combat guns, narcotics and gangs. During a three year period, he planned and supervised this task force initiative in conjunction with the New York State Police uniform, investigative and specialized units which resulted in one of the most successful law enforcement crime reduction efforts in the region. He also served as chair of the NYS Counter Terrorism Zone 14 that encompasses Dutchess, Columbia, Greene and Ulster counties.
In his brief address to City of Newburgh residents in attendance, he stated that “…you already have a great police force…” and that he will “…build upon the initiatives that are already in place, including the gun violence initiative, the youth police initiative, and the junior police academy summer camp.”
His many awards include The Sullivan County Shields, a Certificate of Recognition from the Sullivan County Carecorps, and an Achievement Award from the Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP.
(PHOTO by Michael Lebron)