Celebrating 50 Years of the New Berlin Police Department
1964 – 2014
Where were you, 50 years ago? The top song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles was playing on the radio, and Disney’s “Mary Poppins” was playing at the movies. Back in 1964, New Berlin’s population was only 15,700 and the construction of the New Berlin industrial park had just started. Our police department was also just formed. They started with nine sworn police officers on staff and the first Police Chief was William Sadusky. The original building was located at 16248 W. National Avenue, not far from where it stands now. Let’s fast forward to 2014, and New Berlin’s population has grown to almost 40,000. New Berlin’s Police Department has 68 sworn officers and two K-9s. In 2014, our Police Chief was Joseph Rieder. The Safety Building is located at 16300 W. National Ave. New Berlin citizens and businesses are fortunate to have a very dedicated police department taking care of our safety! The NBPD provides services and training programs for the community such as Neighborhood Watch, Teen Court, Citizens Academy, Safety Town, Business Security, DARE, Midnight Basketball, Summer Volleyball, Safety Saturday and many more! We are very proud and honored to know the men and women that work around the clock protecting and serving our community. The shape of the quilt represents the footprint of the New Berlin Safety building as it is today. The blue and gold represents the department color. The embellishments on the front of the quilt are from all of the different areas of the police department. Some of the patches are even from the original uniforms. The quilt was designed and made as a joint effort project between Julie Rieder, the wife of the former Chief of Police, and Stephanie Brown, the Founding President of the New Berlin Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, to commemorate the 50 years of service of our amazing New Berlin Police Department. PROTECTING WITH COURAGE, SERVING WITH COMPASSION.
CHIEF RIEDER’S HISTORICAL REVIEW