Back to School Safety from the Dover Police Department 8-17-2017

Back to School Safety

Summer is quickly coming to an end and families across Dover are preparing to send their children back to school in the coming weeks.  The Capital School District begins school on Thursday, August 24th and Caesar Rodney begins Monday, August 28th.  The Dover Police Department is offering the following information to better prepare the citizens we serve for Back to School week.

Police in Schools:
The Dover Police Department has a full time officer dedicated to the Dover High School, Central Middle School, William Henry Middle School, and Parkway Academy.  These officers are otherwise known as SRO’s or School Resource Officers.  We encourage parents to tell their children to communicate concerns with those officers as needed.  The department also has a G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Instructor at the William Henry Middle School that will also visit elementary schools on occasion as well.  In addition to our four full-time youth officers, the department will increase their presence at schools across the city during the first days of school to ensure a smooth and safe process for all children and school faculty.  There will also be increased presence by the Special Enforcement Unit Motorcycle Division in area school zones, cross walks, and bus routes to crack down on vehicle violations.  People who speed in school zones, disobey crossing guards, or pass school buses will be cited accordingly.

H.A.W.K. Traffic Signal at Dover High School
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDot)  installed the new High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK system at the Dover High School main entrance/exit prior to the 2014-2015 school year.  This system is designed to maximize the flow of traffic in what is expected to be a congested area before and after school.  A video showing how the light works can be viewed below.

Tips for Motorists
The Dover Police Department will utilize special enforcement units to increase presence in school zones and on bus routes throughout the city to target speed violations, passing of school buses, and other driving violations that threaten the safety of school children.  The beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and many drivers’ patterns change. Shorter daylight hours make it especially difficult to see young pedestrians and bicyclists. So as schools open their doors, it’s time for everyone – motorists, parents, educators, and students – to improve their traffic safety practices. The following tips can help make this a safe and happy school year for the whole community.
School Bus Safety:

  • It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended.
  • On undivided roadways, with no physical barrier or median, vehicles must stop on both sides of the roadway.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and children are getting on or off. Motorists approaching from either direction must wait until the red lights stop flashing before proceeding.
  • Learn and obey the “alternately flashing warning light” system that school bus drivers use to alert motorists.

School Zone/Bus Stop Safety:

  • When a school bus or children are present slow down and proceed with caution, obeying all traffic laws and speed limits.
  • Obey School Zone speed limits & watch for flashing yellow lights, crossing guards, etc.
  • Be alert and ready to stop. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.

Walk/Bike to School:

  • Practice taking the route your child will walk before school.
  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing to increase visibility. White or light-colored clothing and reflective gear is especially important after dark.
  • Know the “rules of the road.”
  • Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.
  • Identify other children in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school.  In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider organizing a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.
  • Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
  • If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them the first week or until you are sure they know the route and can do it safely.
  • Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

Back to School Traffic Safety Tips are from the National Safety Council:

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones:

  • Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
  • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
  • If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
  • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
  • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
  • Check side mirrors before opening your door

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.

Bullying:

Bullying or cyberbullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or through mobile devices like cell phones.  The Dover Police Department has full-time officers dedicated to the Central Middle School, Dover High School, and Parkway Academy with another officer that spends time in William Henry Middle School and the various elementary schools throughout the city.

When Your Child Is Bullied

  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
    1. Look the bully in the eye.
    2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
    3. Walk away.
  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice.
    1. “I don’t like what you are doing.”
    2. “Please do NOT talk to me like that.”
    3. “Why would you say that?”
  • Teach your child when and how to ask a trusted adult for help.
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
  • Support activities that interest your child.
  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
  • Monitor your child’s social media or texting interactions so you can identify problems before they get out of hand.

When Your Child Is the Bully

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.
  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
  • Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When Your Child Is a Bystander

  • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.
  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
  • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

Teen Driving:

  • Keep Your Cell Phone Off
    Multiple studies indicate using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk―that’s even when using a hands-free phone. Besides, your state may prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Many do for drivers of certain ages.
  • Don’t Text
    Research shows texting―on average―causes a loss of focus on the road for five seconds. A lot can go wrong in those five seconds.  Don’t try the “texting-while-stopped” approach, either. And, when you have your head down, you won’t notice key developments that may occur, even when you’re stuck at a red light.
  • Turn on Your Headlights
    Doing so can increase your visibility and help other drivers see you, even on sunny days.
  • Obey the Speed Limit
    Speeding causes about 40% of all fatal teen accidents. That’s especially true when driving on roads with lots of traffic or you’re not familiar with.  Don’t feel pressured to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by you. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets that can cause a sharp hike in your car insurance.
  • Minimize Distractions
    It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you’re cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds. And, that can be enough for an inexperienced driver to lose control of your car, or not notice an obstacle in the road.
  • Drive Solo
    Having a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Adding additional teen passengers causes the risk to escalate.
  • Practice Defensive Driving
    Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind. Stay a safe distance behind the car in front of you in slower speeds, and maintain a larger buffer zone with faster speeds.  A good way to judge a proper distance is to count 2 seconds from the time the front of your car passes where the rear of the car in front of you passed

 

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Armed Robbery in Parking Lot of 7-11 Hamlet Shopping Center 8-16-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-26431

Date/Time:   Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 2:50AM

Location:  Parking lot of 7-11 at 1019 Walker Road, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred at 2:50AM, in the parking lot of 7-11 in the Hamlet Shopping Center.  A 24-year-old male was seated in his vehicle in the parking lot, when two black male suspects approached the driver side and opened the door.  The victim stated that he was physically removed from the vehicle and one of the suspects pushed a black handgun into his rib cage as both suspects went through the victims pockets.  The suspects fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: Black male, 5’8″-5’10”, short hair, stocky build, black t-shirt, and jeans
Suspect #2: Black male, 6’0″-6’1″, black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App

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Bicycle Violation Leads to Gun Arrest 8-15-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-26287

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 1:52AM

 Location:  Maple Parkway and N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

Thomas Clark (29), of Dover, was arrested on firearms charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.  Clark was stopped for a traffic (bicycle) violation in the area of Maple Parkway and N. DuPont Highway at 1:52AM, and fled from officers.  Officers pursued Clark on foot and took him into custody following a brief struggle.  Clark was found to be in possession of a .38 revolver in his pocket.  As a result of the incident, Clark was charged with the following offenses:
-Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Resisting Arrest (with force)
-Multiple traffic related violations

Bond information was not available at the time of release.

Thomas Clark

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Dover Police Accepting Applications for 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy 8-10-17

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a program that meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00p.m-9:00pm from September 12th-November 7th, 2016 (except October 31st).  This program is designed to provide members of the Dover community with additional knowledge about their police department. It allows citizens of Dover to become more educated on Dover Police Department procedure and the pressures associated within law enforcement. We seek and invite a diverse group of people that either live in or work in the City of Dover to apply. There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1st

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to accomplish three goals:

  1. To educate community members in Dover Police Department procedures and the pressures associated within law enforcement
  2. To allow the citizens of Dover to meet the men and women who serve them
  3. To provide Dover Police Department officers the opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.

Citizen Police Academy members are given a realistic view of the Department.
Topics presented include:

  • Community Policing
  • “Meet the Chief”
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Search and Seizure
  • Communications
  • Internal Affairs
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing and Forensics
  • Patrol Operations
  • Canine Unit
  • Vice
  • Special Response Team
  • Use of Force Training
  • Traffic Stops

The academy meets once a week at the Dover Police Department.

Presentations consist of lectures, demonstrations, videos, computer presentations, and “hands on” participation. Each participant is given the opportunity to ride with an officer for one shift.

How to Obtain an Application

You may obtain an application for the Citizen Police Academy at the Dover Police Department or you can download it online here:

DOWNLOAD CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION

Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Contact

For further information contact:

Cpl. Caleb Rich
Planning and Training Unit
Dover Police Department
400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904
(302)-736-4461
Caleb.Rich@cj.state.de.us

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Two Suspects Burglarize Two Businesses Overnight 8-10-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-25710/25709

Date/Time:   Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Location:  321 Independence Blvd., Dover, DE (DOT Discount Store)
283 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE (Sally’s Beauty Supply)

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating two burglaries that occurred early Thursday morning.  At approximately 12:31AM, officers responded to Sally’s Beauty Supply, located at 283 N. DuPont Highway for an alarm.  Upon arrival, officers observed that the front door glass was broken.  The suspects used a rock to break the window and then stole a cash drawer from the register.

At 12:55AM, officers responded to the DOT Discount store located at 321 Independence Blvd. for another alarm.   It was determined that the same suspects from the Sally’s Beauty Supply burglary used a rock to break the glass door to the DOT Discount store as well.  Once inside, the suspects took a cash drawer and two cartons of Newport cigarettes.  The suspects in both cases are described as males, wearing dark clothing with  hoods pulled over their faces, and wearing gloves.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App

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Probation Check Leads to Drug and Gun Charges 8-8-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-25060

Date/Time:   Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 10:45PM

 Location:  Capital Inn, 1426 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

Officers from the Dover Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Delaware Probation and Parole arrested four people at the Capital Inn on Thursday night.  At approximately 10:45PM, the team of officers were conducting probation related curfew checks, when they entered a room occupied by the four subjects and smelled marijuana and observed a smoke-filled room.  Officers checked the room and discovered that Daekwon Hoskins (22) was in possession of a .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine, 260.4 grams of marijuana, and a digital scale.  Jameer Roberson was found with an additional 24.6 grams of marijuana, digital scale, and packaging materials.  John Smith (34) and Elijah Stewart (24), were both arrested on outstanding court capias and released on unsecured bond pending a new court date.

Daekwon Hoskins
Age: 22
CHARGES:
Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
Possession of Marijuana (Tier 1 Qty)
Drug Paraphernalia
BOND: JTVCC on $67,000 secured bond

Jameer Roberson
Age: 19
CHARGES:
Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
Drug Paraphernalia
BOND: Released on Unsecured Bond

 

 

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification 8-7-17

The following images contain the newest Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notifications for the City of Dover.  If there any questions or concerns, please contact the Dover Police Sex Offender Enforcement Unit.


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Man Arrested After Robbing Elderly Woman at ATM 8-7-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-25331

Date/Time:   Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 1:05PM

 Location:  Dover Federal Credit Union, 255 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man after he robbed a 71-year-old woman on Sunday afternoon.  At approximately 1:05PM, the female victim withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash from the drive-up ATM at the Dover Federal Credit Union.  When she received the money, Joshua Lewis, entered her vehicle through the passenger side door and displayed a large knife, demanding the money.  Lewis told the vicitm to drive him to another location, but fled on foot when he observed several other vehicles in the area.  Witnesses advised officers that Lewis fled to a room in the Super Lodge across the highway at 246 N. DuPont Highway.  Officers contacted Lewis and he was taken into custody.  Joshua Lewis was committed on $77,750 secured bond to JTVCC on the following charges:
-Carjacking 1st Degree
-Robbery 1st Degree
-Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited

Joshua Lewis

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Drug/Firearms Arrest on Kirkwood Street 8-7-2017

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-25027

Date/Time:   Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 2:16PM

 Location:  100 Block of S. Kirkwood Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department, with assistance from the Delaware State Police and Delaware Probation and Parole, executed a search warrant in the 100 Block of Kirkwood Street on Thursday, August 3rd.  The search warrant was the result of a drug investigation at the residence.  As a result of the search warrant, officers located 2.649 grams of heroin, .3 grams crack cocaine, .7 grams of marijuana, and a .22 caliber handgun.  The following persons were charged in the incident:

Brandy Coverdale
Age: 36
CHARGES:
Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3x)
Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of Marijuana

Ky-Mar Frederick
Age: 16
CHARGES
Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (2x)
Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin
Aggravated Possession of Heroin
Possession of Crack Cocaine
Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

Richard Harrigan
Age: 36
CHARGES:
Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3x)
Drug Paraphernalia
Violation of Probation

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Two Arrested Following Search Warrant on Alonzo Drive 8-4-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-24802

Date/Time:   Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 6:05AM

 Location:  100 Block of Alonzo Drive, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department, with assistance from the Delaware State Police, and Delaware Probation and Parole conducted a search warrant in the 100 Block of Alonzo Drive on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:05AM.  The search warrant was the result of a drug and firearms investigation.  As a result of the search warrant, officers discovered three handguns (9mm), various ammunition, and 20.3 grams of marijuana.  During the search warrant, Khalil Seward attempted to avoid arrest by using a large aggressive dog against officers.  Officers were forced to euthanize the dog as a result.

The following persons were charged in this incident:

Khalil Seward
Age: 19
CHARGES:
Illegal Gang Participation
Possession of Firearm/Ammunition by Person Prohibited (5x)
Use of Animal to Avoid Capture
Resisting Arrest
Possession of Marijuana
BOND: $44,500 cash and Revoked Bail on Pending Felony Charge

Equan Barber
Age: 22
CHARGES:
Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
Resisting Arrest with Force (felony resisting)

 

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