The City of Newburgh Police Department is established in Article XI of the City Charter and organized under a Police Commissioner, Police Chief, and other members as the City Manager creates with approval by the City Council.
The Police Commissioner is appointed by the City Manager under City Charter §11.02 and is responsible for the overall operation of the Police Department and its seventy-one sworn officers and seventeen non-sworn staff. The Police Commissioner is responsible for the Department’s enforcement of the laws, ordinances, rules, regulations of the City of Newburgh and New York State, and is the custodian of the City jail. The current Police Commissioner is José A. Gomérez.
The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager under City Charter §11.03 and is responsible for the immediate direction and control of the Police Department, subject to the policies, rules, regulations and orders established by the City Manager and Police Commissioner. The Chief of Police serves as the Sergeant at Arms of the City Council and exercises further powers as prescribed by the City Code. The current Police Chief is Anthony Geraci.