Uniformed Patrol Division

Lieutenant Brandon Rola-Operations Bureau Commander

Brandon Rola is a 14 year veteran of the City of Newburgh Police Department.  Brandon was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, New York.   May 2008 Brandon graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in the City of Newburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration.  September 2008 Brandon joined the Orange County Police Chief’s Association Police Academy.  

 Brandon served in the Patrol Division until 2015 where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.   Spring of 2020 Brandon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he currently serves as the Operations Commander.   

 During his 14 years of service Brandon has attained certifications as an FBI Firearms Instructor, FBI Sniper, FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor, New York State Firearms Instructor, New York State Defensive Tactics Instructor, New York State General Topics Instructor, Taser Instructor, New York State SWAT operator, and NYS SWAT School Director and lead instructor.  


  • Three Lieutenants
  • Eight Patrol Sergeants
  • One Special Projects Sergeant
  • One Community Affairs Sergeant
  • Thirty Five Patrolman
  • Five Patrol K9 Teams
  • Three Drone Unit Operators
  • 15 Bicycle Unit Officers
  • Two Community Affairs Unit Officers
  • Six Parking Enforcement Officers
  •  Three Motors
  • Two Pick Up Trucks
  • Twenty Five Fleet Vehicles
  • One Command Post
  • Two Electric Police Bicycles
  • Four Police Bicycles


The patrol division consists of three Lieutenants, Eight Sergeants, five patrol K9 teams, and 36 Officers.  Personnel assigned to patrol are the City of Newburgh’s first line of defense against crime.    

Patrol handles over 30,000 calls for service consisting of responding to emergencies, rendering aid to the injured, protecting people and property, enforcing criminal laws, enforcing vehicle and traffic laws, and practicing community policing principles.    


Bicycle Unit

 The bicycle unit is a community oriented group patrolling the City of Newburgh on Police equipped bicycles.  Bike unit members are physical fit, proactive, and community based members of patrol.  The bike unit allows for direct and personal interactions between police and community members.  All bike unit members had to successfully complete a 40 hours New York State DCJS approved course.  


Drone Unit

 The drone unit is a group of police officers that have been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in Part 107 as remote pilot operators.  They have the capability to utilize drones to assist with police investigations, missing persons incidents, and a variety of other applications.      


K9 Unit

 The City of Newburgh Police Department K9 Unit is comprised of five handlers and five dogs.   Police Department K9s and their handlers are trained in tracking suspects, locating missing persons, narcotics detection, and gun powder detection, which can be used to locate explosives or guns and ammunition.  


Special Projects Sergeant - Sergeant Daniela PortilloSergeant Daniela Portillo - Special Projects Sergeant

The Special Projects Sergeant handles community events, records requests, grant compliance, taxicab compliance, tow truck compliance, and police traffic services.   


Community Affairs Unit - Sergeant  Jessica BrooksSergeant  Jessica Brooks - Community Affairs Unit

The Community Affairs Unit consists of one Sergeant and two Officers.  The sergeant is the primary information officer for the media, an extension of operations and patrol, and a liaison between other law enforcement and private agencies.  The officers primarily conduct foot patrols on Broadway and the business districts.   The Community Affairs Unit works closely with other City of Newburgh departments, residents and business owners to find creative solutions for quality-of-life issues.


Parking Enforcement Division 

The City of Newburgh Police Department has a civilian Parking Enforcement Division.   The Parking Enforcement Division is comprised of two full time and four part time employees working various hours.   The Parking Enforcement Division is tasked with parking compliance throughout the City of Newburgh.