Chief of Police - Darnell Henry
Chief Darnell Henry was born and raised in Newark, NJ and is a graduate of Newark Technical High School and subsequently continued his studies at Jersey City State College prior to joining the Newark Police Department in 1994. Upon graduating the academy, Henry was assigned to the 2nd Precinct, the Patrol Division, where he distinguished himself as a hardworking and knowledgeable police officer. He was ultimately detailed to the precinct detective squad where he worked plain clothes.
In 1998, Henry became a detective and assigned to the 2nd Precinct where he remained before being transferred to the then Robbery / Homicide Section.
In 2002, Henry was detailed to the Candidate Investigation Division of the Internal Affairs Unit. Early that same year, he was promoted to Sergeant and re-assigned to the Robbery Squad. Henry was then re-assigned to the Homicide Section from 2002-2004.
In June 2004, Sergeant Henry was transferred to the 2nd Precinct Patrol Division before again rejoining the Robbery section. Later in 2004, Henry was assigned to the Homicide Section where he remained until 2007.
In 2007, Henry worked as a supervising sergeant in the Homicide Section where he and his detectives made national headlines after they arrested several men in one of Newark's most infamous and horrific crimes, dubbed the “Mount Vernon School Yard Killings.”
As a result, In September 2007, Henry was chosen to supervise the newly re-established County Cold Case Unit, which successfully closed out a total of 14 Cold Case Homicides, most notable a 31-1/2 year old missing person's case where six black teenagers vanished in 1976. Henry and his team arrested two men for murder in 2010.
A sergeant in 2010, Henry was assigned to the 4th Precinct, a post he held until June 2012 when he was transferred to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit.
In 2013 Henry became supervisor with the newly formed Major Crimes Unit. He remained in that position before being tapped to lead the Executive Protection Unit in July 2014. As the Commander he was tasked with supervising EPU, City Hall Liaison, Intelligent Section and TARU.
In 2016, having served in excess of 22 years with the Newark Police Department, Henry was named the incumbent Chief of Police of the Department. In this new role, Henry responsible for overseeing and directing the day-to-day operations of the police division.