Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara congratulates Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima for attending President Biden’s meeting on reducing gun violence at the White House Monday.
In a statement, Director O’Hara said, “I am honored that Lieutenant Lima was selected as a representative not just of the Newark Police Division, but of the policing profession in the United States.
I am confident that there aren’t many others as worthy as Lieutenant Lima to participate in the discussion to decrease the nationwide surge in gun violence”.
“He is a leading investigator who heads the Newark Police Shooting Response Team and works closely with the Newark Community Street Team in reducing violent crime in the City of Newark.”
Lieutenant Lima attended today’s meeting with Aqeela Sherrills, head of the NCST. Others in attendance included: Attorney General Merrick Garland; New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams; Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; and other law enforcement officials.
During the two-hour meeting, which included strategies for interrupting violence, President Biden encouraged the leaders in attendance to utilize $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, in their strategies to stem gun violence in their jurisdictions.
“Newark Police Lieutenant Lima is a highly-skilled police professional who has served the Newark Police Division for the past 24 years,” Director O’Hara said.
“He has led our Shooting Response Team since 2019, and investigators under his leadership have successfully resolved a myriad of shootings that occurred in the City of Newark.
I am grateful for his participation in President Biden’s strategy session today and for his commitment to graciously lend his expertise towards reducing violence to cities across our country.”