April 17, 2012 > Commander Douglas retires
Commander Douglas retires
Submitted By Newark PD
Commander Bob Douglas is retiring from the City of Newark after serving over 30 years in law enforcement, with over 28 years as a member of the Newark Police Department. Bob's last day with the department was Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Bob began his career in law enforcement with the Town of Los Gatos as a Police Cadet and in 1981, was promoted to the position of Community Service Officer. Hired as a Police Officer by the Newark Police Department on November 16, 1983, Bob served as a Field Training Officer, Property Crimes/Fraud Detective, Reserve Officer Coordinator, Citizen Police Academy Instructor, PR-24 Baton Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and was involved in the Police Activities League Youth Golf Program.
Appointed as the first K9 handler since the K9 program dissolved previously in the 1960's, Bob and his K9 partner Drago served seven years together until Drago's retirement in 1998. Bob was recognized by his peers as the Police Officer of the Year in both 1991 and 1998.
Bob served a five month term as Acting Sergeant until his official promotion to the rank of Sergeant on February 25, 2002. He was assigned to the Patrol Division and served two terms as the Detective Sergeant. For two years he was in charge of the Field Training Program for new officers and received the Winter 2002 Police Department Employee of the Quarter Award and City of Newark Pride Award in 2006.
A graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) August 26, 2005, he was trained in that program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors.
Bob was promoted to Police Lieutenant on November 1, 2008 and served in that capacity as the Administrative Lieutenant. On January 1, 2009, the Lieutenant position was reclassified to the rank of Police Commander. As Administrative Lieutenant and Commander he has been in charge of the Training Division, Recruiting and Hiring Process, Detective Division, Record Division, Dispatch, Internal Affairs, Property/Evidence, Red Light Photo Enforcement, and served as the department's Public Information Officer (PIO).
On March 29, 2010 Bob was awarded the Chiefs Challenge Coin of Special Recognition, along with his fellow commanders, for outstanding work, loyalty to the organization, and tireless efforts in the development and promotion of the Newark Police Department's mission, vision, and values. This coin is issued only to members who consistently perform at the exemplary levels or rise above with a single act of excellence.
Bob plans on spending his retirement honing his golf game, traveling, and watching Idaho State Softball.
The City of Newark staff wants to thank Commander Douglas for his dedication to the city and law enforcement profession for the past 30 years. We hope that he enjoys a long and fulfilling retirement.