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Dover Police Announce Death of Corporal Thomas Hannon 9-1-17

The Dover Police Department is sad to announce the death of Corporal Thomas Hannon.  Corporal Hannon died early in the morning on Friday, September 1st, 2017, while surrounded by his family at Christiana Hospital.  Corporal Hannon’s death was the result of medical complications, stemming from a leg injury he suffered in the line of duty in 2012.  Corporal Hannon was 42 years old and served with the Dover Police Department since 2005.  During his time with the Dover Police Department, Corporal Thomas Hannon served in the Patrol Unit, Quality of Life Unit, the TAC section of the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit, and as a K9 officer in the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit.

Corporal Thomas Hannon was also a highly decorated officer; receiving a 2006 Officer of the Quarter award, two distinguished unit awards, a DUI enforcement award, numerous perfect attendance awards, and two life saving awards.  Corporal Hannon earned the life saving awards in 2008 when he helped save a woman after she stopped breathing and in 2009 when he rescued a handicapped woman from a burning residence.

“Corporal Thomas Hannon was a big part of the Dover Police Department family.  His larger than life personality, sense of humor, and his unwavering commitment to the citizens of Dover will be greatly missed by all.  We lost an excellent police officer, friend, and brother today.  Corporal Hannon’s family lost an even better husband, father, son, and brother as well.  Our thoughts continue to be with them at this time, and we are committed to keeping Corporal Thomas Hannon’s memory alive and supporting the entire Hannon family during this tragic time.”, Chief Marvin Mailey said in a prepared statement.

The Dover Police Department will share more information as it becomes available.

Corporal Thomas Hannon

Dover Police Applies for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, Public Comments Welcome 9-1-17

On August 3rd, the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, released the approved funding allocations for the annual formula based Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the FY2017 Local Solicitation.  The Dover Police Department was listed as a disparate entity along with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County, Delaware.  The total amount awarded this year is $59,281.00

As a result, the Dover Police Department will submit a joint application for the funds with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County.  However, because the Kent County structure does not contain a law enforcement agency, the whole amount will be available for use by the Dover and Smyrna Police Departments.

Following is a breakout of the funding and how each agency will use their portion:


Dover Police Department Amount
COBAN In-car video/computer systems $48.071
Smyrna Police Department 11,210
Evidence processing equipment and associated supplies
Grand Total $59,281

The deadline for the joint application is September 5th and will be submitted through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Program’s Grants Management System electronically on-line.

Public comments and questions are welcome.  Please call 302-736-4446 with comments or questions.