NEWTON, NJ- After 33 years serving the Town of Newton, Chief Robert Osborn Jr, Badge number 13, took his “final walk out” on Tuesday, June 1, marking his last day with the Newton Police Department.
Flanked by members of the Newton Police Department, with a crowd of coworkers, family, friends and officers from nearby police departments, Osborn walked out of the rear door of the police department “at 1600 hours.” Over the radio, Dispatch announced Osborn, “the 11 appointed Chief of Police” was “leaving the watch.”
Osborn was sworn in as chief in December 2019, when Michael Richards retired. He began his association with the Newton Police Department in July 1988 as a police dispatcher. Following his graduation from Somerset County Police Academy in 1990 Osborn took his oath as a patrolman.
While at the academy he earned recognition including the Chief Richard R. Ryan Physical Fitness Award and State of New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Certificate of Merit Award, having been selected by his fellow class members for exemplifying leadership and scholarship.
As a patrolman, Osborn served as a DARE Officer for 10 years. In July 2020 he moved to the Detective Bureau where he became the first School Resource Officer, Juvenile Detective and community policing officer.
Osborn attained the rank of Patrol Sergeant in 2002. He is a certified Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer and served the Sussex County PBA Local #138 as Treasurer.
By March 2006 Osborn had earned the rank of Lieutenant and was Operations Division Commander.
The final callout read by dispatch said, “After over 30 years of service we want to thank you for representing the department with professionalism and unsurpassed dedication to the Town of Newton. You’ve exemplified a long and distinguished law enforcement career and through your leadership you gave us direction. A good chief is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.”
May you be proud of the work you have done, the person you are and the difference you have made. Retirement is the end of something great but the start of something better. Chief Robert E. Osborn Jr, Badge #13 you have safely reached the finish line. Best wishes in you retirement and all of your future endeavors.”
On Wednesday at noon the next Newton Chief of Police will be sworn in. The ceremony, scheduled to take place on the plaza in front of the municipal building, will also see two officers promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant and Sergeant.