The Dover Police Department wishes to recognize the following employees as Officer and Civilian of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of 2015.
Patrolman 1st Class James Johnson
Pfc. Johnson is a three year veteran of the Dover Police Department and currently serves on the patrol unit. During the 2nd quarter of 2015, he led his shift in reports taken, traffic arrests, criminal arrests, and DCO’s (Dover City Ordinance) issued. In addition to his high production, Officer Johnson had several standout cases in the 2nd quarter.
On June 29th, he responded to a report of a 3-year-old child not breathing. Upon arrival, Johnson immediately began chest compressions and began administering oxygen. His actions helped the child begin breathing again. The child was treated at AI DuPont Children;’s Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
On June 12th, Officer Johnson responded to the Wells Fargo bank for a subject attempting to pass a forged/stolen check. When he arrived, the suspect fled on foot and Johnson gave chase. After a brief foot pursuit, Johnson arrested the suspect and found a .22 caliber handgun magazine in the suspects pocket.
On May 14th, Officer Johnson stopped a vehicle and detected an odor of marijuana. An investigation and resulting search led to the discovery of 63.6 grams of marijuana, paraphernalia, and 48 gift cards to various retailers that were determined to be the result of theft.
On May 27th, Officer Johnson assisted his shift in the arrest of four subjects for breaking into vehicles and stealing cash and other valuable items. His assistance in that case led to charges against the suspects in several other vehicle break-ins during the same time period.
These are just a few examples of Officer Johnson’s work ethic and attention to detail that have earned him the Officer of the Quarter award.
Dispatcher Mark Hall
Dispatcher Hall was named the Civilian of the Quarter for the 2nd quarter of 2015 for his ability to lead and operate under extreme pressure. On April 18th, Delaware State University had a shooting that resulted in multiple persons being injured and nearly 2,000 people involved in a riot on campus. During this time, the Dover Police Dispatch Center was flooded with calls for service. Dispatcher Hall aided in the coordination of police and other emergency response, to include over 100 police officers from 15 different police agencies to assist Dover and DSU Police, all while continuing to handle complaints throughout the City of Dover that were not related to the DSU incident. A total of 53 complaints occurred during the DSU incident, forcing Hall to operate under extreme stress while monitoring multiple radio channels, and looking out for the officers and public’s safety. Operating under stress is a strong point for Mark Hall, who also serves as the Chief of the Dover Fire Department.