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Suspect Arrested in Residential Burglary 3-24-15

Incident #: 50-15-7195  Date/Time:  Sunday March 22, 2015 at  1:50AM

Location:  100 Block of South Bradford Street, Dover, DE


The Dover Police Department has arrested a Dover man after he broke into a residence on South Bradford Street on Sunday morning.  At approximately 1:50AM, the residents arrived home to find Thomas Fleetwood (50), holding their computer and various food items from their fridge.  The victims called 911 and Fleetwood charged the male victim and began to assault him.  Officers from the Dover Police Department soon arrived and took Fleetwood into custody.  Fleetwood is being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $6,500 secured bond after being charged with the following crimes:
-1st Degree Burglary
-Attempted Theft
-Criminal Mischief
-Assault 3rd Degree

Thomas Fleetwod Age: 50 Dover, DE
Thomas Fleetwod
Age: 50
Dover, DE

Burglary at Paradise Tans 3-24-15

Incident #: 50-15-7350  Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:40AM

Location:  Paradise Tans, 554 Garton Road, Dover,DE


The Dover Police Department is investigating an early morning burglary of Paradise Tans located at 554 Garton Road.  At approximately 1:40AM, an unknown suspect broke out a side window using a piece of concrete.  Once inside, the suspect removed the cash register that contained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area. It is believed the suspect injured themselves during the burglary as there were small droplets of blood found at the scene.  The investigation is still 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 www.tipsubmit.com.


Dover Police Earns Re-Accreditation from CALEA 3-24-15

The Dover Police Department is pleased to announce that it has obtained re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).   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. The body of standards were developed using source materials voluntarily submitted by pre-existing state programs and by many state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Those standards were based on case law, state statutes, administrative mandates, model policies and professional management materials. There are a total of 479 standards.

Benefits of Accreditation

-Improves officer and public safety
-Addresses high risk management Issues
-Promotes operational efficiency through policy development
-Provides a norm for the agency to judge its performance
-Provides a basis to correct deficiencies before they become public problems
-Requires agencies to commit policies and procedures to writing
-Promotes accountability
-Verifies compliance
-Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations
-Minimizes an agency’s exposure to liability
-Potentially reduces liability insurance costs
-Enhances the reputation of the agency, thereby attracting the best qualified candidates for employment
-Increases public confidence


Dover Police Department Publicly Releases 2014 Annual Report

The Dover Police Department has publicly released the 2014 annual report in its website this morning after it was presented before Dover City Council  on Monday, March 23rd.  The report can be viewed/downloaded at the following link:

14 annual report

Media questions should be directed to the Public Information Officer, Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Email: mark.hoffman@cj.state.de.us  Phone: 302-736-7130