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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, 2017 (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.


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:


Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to apply.


For further information contact:

Cpl. Caleb Rich
Planning and Training Unit
Dover Police Department
400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904

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


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