The Director's Welcome

As the NHA Director of Public Safety , I am pleased to have the opportunity of introducing you to the NHA Public Safety page. Through the helpful information contained in our website, you will find that our agency is committed to addressing the concerns of our residents and community. You will also discover the various services we provide to the residents of Newark.

NHA Public Safety Initiative is committed to providing public safety services in accordance with the law and guided by a spirit of fairness, compassion and excellence. Always sensitive to the needs of the public, NHA Public Safety Department's success is built upon a community policing philosophy executed by our staff of dynamic and energetic professionals who are focused on providing effective, efficient and professional services to the residents we serve.

I encourage you to navigate through our website, which reaffirms our commitment to proactively and responsively address the needs of our community. On this site, you will find information on our “One Strike Policy”, NHA/Newark Special Police Officers, NHA’s Investigative Unit, and more.

With the many challenges that we face today, I am extremely proud of our ability to adapt and remain dedicated in our commitment to providing the best possible services to our residents.

Director of Public Safety

NHA Public Safety Administrative Team



Lee Douglas

Security Director

Richard Warren

Chief Investigator
Detective Richard Warren has over 25 years of experience in investigations. After some time as a City of Newark Police Officer, he was promoted to detective under the major crimes unit. He spent 15 years under the robbery unit, two years under the homicide unit, two years under the cease fire unit and the reminader of his time as a 4th Precinct detective before retirement. He has been the Senior Investigator for the NHA Public Safety division since August 2018.


Vanessa Davis

Community Affairs Coordinator
Officer Vanessa Davis is a retired City of Newark Police Officer. Most of her time as an officer was spent working on community policing and relations. She is currently in charge of Community Relations at NHA. Her passion from this stems from her 25 years as an officer. If she can help save one inner city youth, then her work is not in vein.