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Applications Being Accepted for 2021 Citizen’s Police Academy

The Dover Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Citizen’s Police Academy.  The Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is a program that meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00p.m-9:00pm.  The academy will begin on September 7th and ends on November 2nd, 2021.  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 who either live in or work in the City of Dover to apply.  You do not have to be a Dover citizen to attend.  There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy.

The application deadline for 2021 is September 1st!

There are LIMITED spots available for the 2021 class.

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
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Crime Scene Processing and Forensics
  • Patrol Operations
  • Canine Unit
  • Drugs/Vice
  • Special Response Team
  • Use of Force Training
  • Traffic Stops
  • Public Affairs

The academy meets once a week at the Dover Police Department on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.

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.

Apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy

To apply, complete the form below or click  Download Citizen’s Police Academy Application (pdf)  to complete a traditional application and return it to the department.

Apply for the Citizen's Police Academy by Completing the Below Form

Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to apply.

For further information contact:
M/Cpl. Rich
Planning and Training Unit


Murder Suspect Wanted in New York is Arrested in Dover

Incident Number: 50-21-23061

Date/Time:  Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: 300 Block of Northdown Drive, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department and United States Marshals Service First State Fugitive Task Force arrested a murder suspect wanted in New York on Wednesday afternoon.  At approximately 4:00 p.m. officers took Maliki Johnson (16) into custody at a residence in the 300 Block of Northdown Drive in the Village of Westover neighborhood.  Johnson was wanted by the Westchester County Police Department for Murder 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.  Johnson will be held at the Stevenson House Juvenile Detention Center until he is extradited back to New York. 

Maliki Johnson