Two Wayne County natives recently joined the Newark Police Department: Jacob Jackson and Thomas Robertson.
Jackson, 24, graduated from Finger Lakes Community College and St. John Fisher College. He started his career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy in 2018.
Police Chief Mark Thoms said Jackson’s outgoing personality, passion for helping others and commitment to the Newark community will bring an energetic connection to village residents.
“I strived for the Newark Police Department, because the department operates in a very professional and efficient way,” Jackson said. “Growing up in Wayne County, it allows me to work where I was raised and interact with those people that I know and others.”
Robertson, 29, worked in various departments in the area as a part-time police officer since 2011, and spent the past three years as a full-time member of the Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy.
Thoms said Robertson will bring enthusiasm, integrity and a dedication to helping everyone in the Newark community for years to come.
“I enjoy community policing and believe it is a very important part of this job,” Robertson said. “The community and police department need to have a positive relationship for us to do our job effectively. I am looking forward to the additional training and advancement opportunities within the department.”
Jackson and Robertson started their field training in April.
“Public safety is paramount in any community,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said. “I am happy to have Jacob and Tom join our excellent village police department, and applaud their desire to become part of the fabric of our community. Their goals to serve our community will be a vital part of the continuance of a high level of public safety.”
By filling vacancies due to retirement, Jackson and Robertson provide an influx of younger officers to the 16-member law enforcement agency.
“Newark is a great community, offering a tremendous quality of life. That quality of life is due in part to the work of our Newark Police Department,” Police Commissioner Stuart Blodgett said. “The addition of these officers will only further enhance our police department. I personally was impressed with both of these gentlemen’s desires to work in small-town community policing. They will be a great fit and I am glad to welcome them to our family.”