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Public Comments Welcome Regarding Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant 8-17-20

On July 9th, 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 FY20 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 $58,395.

As a result, the Dover Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and Kent County will submit a joint application for the funds.  Kent County does not qualify for direct funding because they are not involved with providing criminal justice services, so 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
Parking enforcement system upgrade/replacement and vehicle key management system $48,061
Smyrna Police Department 10,334
Continuation of Mental health partnership program services – provides treatment for repeat complaints for substance abuse and mental health so police officers can respond to more serious crimes and incidents.  
Grand Total $58,395

The deadline for the joint application is August 19th 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 e-mail: Mark.Hoffman@cj.State.de.us or call 302-736-7130 for comments and questions.

Woman Arrested After Chasing and Shooting at Male Victim 8-17-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-20118

Date/Time:  Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 11:16 a.m.

Location:  Parking Lot of 411 S. Queen Street, Dover, DE (Queen’s Manor)

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department arrested Tiffany Burkett (36) on weapons charged following a domestic related incident on Saturday, August 15th.  At approximately 11:16 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Queen’s Manor for a report that Burkett was chasing a male victim in the parking lot, while carrying a firearm.  Responding officers located the pair in the DART Bus Transit Station at Queen Street and Water Street.  After several commands being given by Dover police officers, Burkett dropped her weapon and was taken into custody.  The following investigation revealed that Burkett had chased the male victim from New Street and fired three shots at him over a domestic related incident.

The firearm (.38 revolver) was found to be stolen in a burglary that occurred on the morning of August 15th, 2020.

Tiffany Burkett was committed to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on a $34,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree
-Resisting Arrest
-Receiving a Stolen Firearm

Tiffany Burkett
Dover, DE