The Newark Police Department gathered April 1 to celebrate the retirement of Cpl. Jeff Schwagel as Schwagel left the police station for the final time. Schwagel was part of NPD’s explorers program, a youth outreach effort, when he was in high school. He then spent seven years working for the city as a parking enforcement officer and emergency dispatcher before becoming certified as a police officer. He served as an officer for 20 years and is also a volunteer firefighter with Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company. “Thank you for all you've done for the residents of Newark. Certainly Newark is a better place because of you,” Mayor Jerry Clifton said.

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