Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notifications 12-17-14

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Burglary at Happy Fortune Chinese Restaurant 12-17-14

Incident #: 50-14-34178   Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Location:  Happy Fortune Chinese Restaurant , 1030 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

Narrative:
The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating an overnight burglary at the Happy Fortune Chinese Restaurant located in the Gateway West Shopping Center.  The unknown suspect forced entry through the rear door of the business, damaging the door and door jamb.  Once inside, the suspect damaged registers and took an undisclosed amount of cash, then fleeing from the area.   Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

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Dover Police Obtain Warrants for Suspect in August 27th Kirkwood Street Shooting 12-17-14

Update:
Dover Police have obtained warrants for Thomas C. Harris (22), of Hartly, for the August 27th shooting of another man.  Dover Police developed Harris as a result of their investigative efforts.  Harris is currently wanted for Assault 2nd Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited (previous felony conviction). Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Thomas Harris is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or  call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Thomas C. Harris Age: 22

Thomas C. Harris
Age: 22

 

Incident #: 50-14-22678  Date/Time: August 27th, 2014 at10:08AM

Location: Area of Kirkwood Street and Division Street, Dover, DE

Narrative:
Dover police are on the scene of a shooting in the area of Kirkwood and Division Streets that occurred at approximately 10:08 this morning.  A male victim suffered a gunshot wound to his foot and is being treated at a local hospital.  The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, last seen wearing blue jeans, a 2-tone brown sweatshirt, and has a light mustache.  The suspect was last seen running northbound from the scene.  Dover Officers along with officers from the Delaware State Police K9 and Aviation Units are on scene checking the area for the suspect.  Wesley College and area Dover schools made the decision to place their campuses on lock-down as a precautionary measure after police informed them of the situation and made the suggestion to do so.  The department will issue a release providing further details as they develop.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or  call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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CALEA Completes Assessment of Dover Police Department 12-17-14

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) wrapped up a six-day review of the Dover Police Department’s Policies and Procedures on Wednesday morning. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
  • Formalize essential management procedures;
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
  • Improve service delivery;
  • Solidify inter-agency cooperation and coordination; and
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

The Accreditation Manager, Pfc. Krista Roosa, is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining and organizing the department’s General Orders, Procedural Notices and Directive Memoranda. The Section’s primary function is to maintain 480 standards which are mandated by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement), and the 105 standards which are mandated by DPAC (Delaware Police Accreditation Commission) and to ensure that the police department remains in compliance with these standards. The Dover Police Department is one of only eight departments in the State of Delaware to hold the prestigious honor of National Accreditation. Jay Murphy, Lead Assessory for CALEA and former Chief of Cape Coral, FL Police Department, had this to say as the assessment ended: “Following six days of review that encompassed every aspect of the City of Dover police Department, we are please to say we are left with a favorable impression.  Our final report will be submitted to the full commission in the coming weeks.”

On March 24, 2012, the department was selected by the Commissioners of CALEA to receive the Accreditation with Excellence Award, which is the Gold Standard for Public Safety, and is a title that shall attach to the department’s CALEA Accreditation for a period of three years. The Dover Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the state of Delaware to receive the “Accreditation with Excellence Award”.  In 2013, New Castle County police Department became the second Delaware department to receive this honor.  The final review will take several weeks to complete and upon completion the Dover Police Department hopes to be the first 2-time recipient of the “Accreditation with Excellence Award.”

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Days Inn Robbed by Man Armed With Knife 12-17-14

Incident #: 50-14-34146   Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:20AM

Location:  Days Inn, 272 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Narrative:
The Dover Police Department is investigating a hotel robbery that occurred on Wednesday morning at a Days Inn (272 North DuPont Highway) just after 6:00AM.  A large build black male suspect entered the hotel lobby wearing a black (or dark colored) ski mask, dark   colored hooded sweatshirt with red writing on it, black gloves, torn blue jeans, and black boots.  The suspect displayed a knife and demanded money from the employee.  The suspect then fled northbound from the business with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect is wearing similar, if not identical clothing to a robbery at the Valero/Shore Stop on Route 8 that occurred on Tuesday evening.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Surveillance photos of the suspect from the Days Inn Robbery

Surveillance photos of the suspect from the Days Inn Robbery

 

In response to the recent string of  robberies, police are encouraging businesses to review the following safety tips to help reduce the chances of becoming a robbery victim:

Cash Control
Strong cash-handling policies along with good signage can greatly reduce rates of robbery. One study found that robbery rates drop by 80% when potential robbers know that there’s $50 or less in the cash register.

Silent Panic/Holdup Alarms and Surveillance Cameras
These types of alarms protect your employees in potentially violent robbery situations. They are not useful in preventing robberies but can help to reduce the impact of a robbery in process. Provide proper training on the usage of silent alarms so that employees know how to safely use them.  Ensure that alarms and surveillance cameras are in good working order.

Remove Signage From Windows
Visibility in and out of a convenience store plays an enormous role on the psychological comfort of the would-be robber. If robbers know they can be seen from the outside then the likelihood of a robbery falls. Keep your windows free and clear of any and all signage.

Have Two Employees on Duty During High-Risk Times
Having more than one employee on duty can reduce the risk of robbery during the most high-risk robbery times. It’s vital that both are well trained on violence reduction though, as sometimes two employees are more likely to fight back against robbers.

Provide Adequate Lighting
Adequate lighting is shown to reduce incidents of robbery. Be sure that faces in your parking lot are easily visible from the street. Further, be sure that you’re not creating a glare that could reduce visibility. Strong, white lighting outside of your convenience store can also make your customers feel safer.

Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

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Man Robs Convenience Store on Route 8 12-17-14

Incident #: 50-14-34105   Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 7:48PM

Location:  Valero/Shore Stop, 1358 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

Narrative:
The Dover Police Department is investigating a convenience store robbery that occurred on Tuesday evening at the Valero/Shore Stop on Route 8/Forrest Avenue at 7:48PM.  A large build black male suspect entered the store wearing a blue ski mask, dark   colored hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, torn blue jeans, and black boots.  The suspect displayed a knife and demanded money from the employee.  The suspect demanded the money be placed in two plastic grocery bags that he brought into the store himself.  The suspect fled eastbound from the store with an undisclosed amount of money and two packs of Newport cigarettes.  The suspect dropped some evergreen tree leaves and a small branch inside the store, indicating the suspect may have traveled through the wooded residential lots just east and south of the business.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Surveillance Footage of the Robbery Suspect

Surveillance Footage of the Robbery Suspect

 

In response to the recent string of convenience store robberies, police are encouraging businesses to review the following safety tips to help reduce the chances of becoming a robbery victim:

Cash Control
Strong cash-handling policies along with good signage can greatly reduce rates of robbery. One study found that robbery rates drop by 80% when potential robbers know that there’s $50 or less in the cash register.

Silent Panic/Holdup Alarms and Surveillance Cameras
These types of alarms protect your employees in potentially violent robbery situations. They are not useful in preventing robberies but can help to reduce the impact of a robbery in process. Provide proper training on the usage of silent alarms so that employees know how to safely use them.  Ensure that alarms and surveillance cameras are in good working order.

Remove Signage From Windows
Visibility in and out of a convenience store plays an enormous role on the psychological comfort of the would-be robber. If robbers know they can be seen from the outside then the likelihood of a robbery falls. Keep your windows free and clear of any and all signage.

Have Two Employees on Duty During High-Risk Times
Having more than one employee on duty can reduce the risk of robbery during the most high-risk robbery times. It’s vital that both are well trained on violence reduction though, as sometimes two employees are more likely to fight back against robbers.

Provide Adequate Lighting
Adequate lighting is shown to reduce incidents of robbery. Be sure that faces in your parking lot are easily visible from the street. Further, be sure that you’re not creating a glare that could reduce visibility. Strong, white lighting outside of your convenience store can also make your customers feel safer.

Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Public Information Officer

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Two Men Arrested After Robbing Woman 12-15-14

Incident #: 50-14-33866   Date: Sunday, December 14th at 12:55AM

Location:  North DuPont Highway/Jefferic Blvd, Dover, DE

Narrative:
Two Dover men were arrested early Sunday morning after robbing a 27-year-old female.  On Sunday, December 14th at 12:55AM, Maurice Cason (21) and Reggie Williams (18) approached the female victim in the area of North DuPont Highway and Jefferic Boulevard.  Cason and Williams threatened the woman with violence, forcing her to give them an undisclosed amount of cash.  The two then fled the area and the victim notified police.  After the victim provided a detailed description of the suspects, Dover Police officer’s located the suspects a short distance away and took them into custody without incident.  Both Cason and Williams were charged with 2nd Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Conspiracy.  Maurice Cason was released after posting $1,500.00 secured bond and Reggie Williams was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $1,500.00 secured bond.  The victim suffered no physical injury.

Reggie Williams Age: 18

Reggie Williams
Age: 18

Maurice Cason Age: 21

Maurice Cason
Age: 21

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Dover Police Are Giving Back This Holiday Season

Dover PD Free Coffee Gift
Five-hundred people received an extra perk with their daily cup of coffee today at the WaWa on Route 8 earlier today.  The Dover Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), representing the men and women of the Dover Police Department purchased the 1st 500 cups of coffee for store-goers as a way of thanking the community for their support and encourage the public to pay it forward and help make Dover a more pleasant place to live and work.  The idea came from the FOP President, Dave Gist and FOP member Mark Hoffman.  Gist and Hoffman wanted to do something during the Holiday Season that would benefit a wide range of people in the community.  When the coffee gift came to mind, they reached out to WaWa management who immediately loved the idea.  Each coffee gift recipient also received a card from the Dover FOP as well.  “We felt it was a great way to give back to our community and thank them for supporting their police department, but also to encourage citizens to pay it forward and perform random acts of kindness.  Small acts like these serve to make our community stronger and develop positive relationships, which only makes our city a better place to live.” said FOP President Dave Gist.  The funds that supported the coffee gift came from the FOP’s private funds raised by members of the FOP.

Heroes and Helpers
The Free Coffee Gift is just a small part of the DPD Gives Back campaign which has gained traction on social media under the hashtag #DPDGivesBack and #DPDChristmasCoffee.  On Wednesday, December 10th, nearly 30 officers took 24 under-privileged children to the Dover Target store to go Christmas shopping for themselves and family as part of the 2nd annual Heroes and Helpers event.  Each child was given $125 to spend, in addition to arts-and-craft activities, free pizza for the children and families by Little Caesar’s Pizza, and free play day gift cards from Hoppin’ Good Time in Camden.  While the children were shopping, Cpl. Mark Hoffman and Sgt. Chad Bernat surprised each parent with an additional $125 gift card which caused tears to flow in the room.  Throughout the store, officers and children were seen laughing, smiling, and playing together as they went shopping.  As the night ended, it was clear that the officers and other volunteers were impacted as much as the children being helped.  Photos from the event can be seen on the Dover Police Department Facebook Page and are available upon request by media.  A video from the event can be seen here:

Code Purple Shelters
DPD Gives Back didn’t stop there though.  On, Friday December 12th, the department donated items to Kent County Code Purple.  The organization provides overnight shelter to men, women, and children  when temperatures dip below 32 degrees.  The department donated the following items:
-5 air mattresses
-50 pairs of socks
-4 sets of bedding
-Dozens of winter hats and gloves
-30 travel hand sanitizer bottles
-30 travel toothbrush/toothpaste kits
-Additional personal products

Code Purple is always looking for more items for men, women, and children. For more information on the Code Purple program, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/codepurplekentcounty/?fref=ts

 

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Man Robbed After Attempting to Purchase Marijuana 12-15-14

Incident #: 50-14-33916   Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 1:30PM

Location:  Heritage Drive/Hamlet Shopping Center, Dover, DE

Narrative:
An attempt to purchase marijuana led to the attempted robbery and shots fired on Sunday afternoon.  The incident occurred when a 43-year-old male victim approached two young black males in the parking lot of The Hamlet Shopping Center and inquired about purchasing marijuana.  When the victim and suspects were unable to make a transaction, the victim walked away towards Heritage Drive.  One of the suspects caught up to the victim and attempted to rob the victim of his money with a handgun.  A struggle over the handgun ensued and the victim broke free and fled.  As he fled, the suspect fired two shots at the victim.  One of the shots went through the rear of the victims coat and shirt and exited the front without striking the victim.  The suspects were described as black males in their late teens/early twenties. The suspect with the handgun was described as being 6’00”, average build, with an orange or red hooded sweatshirt under a dark jacket with bright blue shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Public Information Officer

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Dover Man Robbed by Suspect with Knife 12-15-14

Incident #: 50-14-33841   Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:15PM

Location:  Governors Avenue and Mary Street, Dover, DE

Narrative:
The Dover Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday afternoon.  The incident occurred when a 27-year-old male victim was riding his bicycle to work in the area of Governors Avenue and Mary Street when he was approached by an unknown black male suspect who asked for a light (lighter).  The suspect then produced a wood handled steak knife and stated “You already know what it is” and took the victims cell phone, wallet, and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.  The suspect was described as a black male in his late teens/early twenties, 5’10”, 150-160 pounds,, black hooded sweatshirt, white shoes, and white socks on his hands.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Public Information Officer

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