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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:

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

Weekly Shoplifter Arrests 3/12/15-3/19/15

The Dover Police Department responded to 13  shoplifting calls between Noon on March 12th and Noon on March 19th.  Of those 13 shoplifting complaints, three are still under investigation, one was unfounded, one store declined prosecution, and arrests were made/warrants obtained in eight cases. A total of six adults and two juveniles were arrested during this period.

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Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle 3-17-15

Incident #: 50-15-6636  Date/Time:  Monday, March 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Location:  North State Street/North of Walker Road (Near Silver Lake Bridge)

The Dover Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident where a pedestrian was struck.  The incident occurred at 4:47PM on Monday, March 16th when 19-year-old Brittany Paige (Dundalk, MD), was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on North State Street at the above mentioned location.  The victim had been jogging on the west side (southbound) of North State Street.  Traffic was stopped facing southbound at the Walker Road intersection, when the victim walked eastbound between stopped vehicles.  Numerous witnesses observed the victim looking at her cell phone with ear buds in her ears as she walked through the stopped traffic, then began to jog across the northbound lanes without looking for oncoming traffic.  The victim was struck by a Mazda sedan which had just turned left from Walker Road onto North State Street.  The victim was rushed to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead due to the injuries suffered in the accident

mapCpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

59-Year Old Sex Offender Arrested for 4th Degree Rape 3-16-15

Incident #: 50-15-6348  Date/Time:  6-Month Period

Location:  Undisclosed

Larry Cunningham (59), a Tier 3 Sex Offender, has been arrested for twenty counts of 4th Degree Rape of a 15-year-old female.  Detectives from the Dover Police Department learned of the acts after the 15-year-old delivered a child belonging to Cunningham.  Through investigation, it was learned that Cunningham and the 15-year-old victim engaged in sexual intercourse on at least twenty occasions during a 6-month period, which resulted in her pregnancy.  Cunningham was arrested without incident and charged with twenty counts of 4th Degree Rape and once count of Contact with a Child by a Registered Sex Offender.  Cunningham was arrested and committed to JTVCC in default of $106,000 secured bond.

Larry Cunningham Age: 59 Dover, DE
Larry Cunningham
Age: 59
Dover, DE

Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Suspect Wanted for Old Navy Robbery 3-17-15

Incident #: 50-15-3927  Date/Time:  Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Location:  Old Navy, Dover Mall, 1365 North DuPont Highway

The Dover Police Department is seeking Deandre Harris (22, Dover) in reference to a robbery that occurred on Saturday afternoon, February 14th. Harris entered the Old Navy clothing store inside of the Dover Mall, selecting various clothing items and placing them into a bag.  When Harris attempted to leave the store with the merchandise, a male employee attempted to stop him by standing in front of him.  Harris then threw the employee to the ground and punched the employee multiple times in the head/face area.  Harris fled the area, leaving the merchandise behind.  Further investigation and surveillance video revealed that Deandre Harris was the suspect.  Harris now has a warrant for his arrest for the following charges:
-Attempted 2nd Degree Robbery
-Offensive Touching
-Disorderly Conduct

Deondre Harris Age: 22 Dover, Delaware
Deandre Harris
Age: 22
Dover, Delaware

Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer