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Eighteen Officers Graduate from Dover Municipal Police Academy

The Dover Police Department is announcing the graduation of the Dover Municipal Police Academy.  On Friday, May 27th, 2022, the department hosted a graduation ceremony at the Central Middle School auditorium to celebrate the end of the 20-week training academy.  Eighteen recruits from eight Delaware police agencies successfully completed the training and graduated.  

Speakers at the ceremony included Chief Deputy Attorney General, Alex Mackler, who represented Attorney General Kathy Jennings, City of Dover City of Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, and City of Dover Police Chief Thomas Johnson.

Several awards were also presented for outstanding performances by academy recruits:

Academic Achievement Award
The Academic Achievement Award is awarded to the recruit who continued to demonstrate a high level of academic proficiency throughout academy training.  Based on a series of tests to prove their understanding of course content, the recruits all received a final academic GPA.  While all of the recruits demonstrated tremendous work in the academic area, this recruit earned the highest average in the class with a 98.1 GPA. 

The award was presented to Lewes Police recruit, Isabelle Nadler.

Top Shot Award
The Top Shot Award is awarded to the recruit who demonstrated the highest level of marksmanship proficiency and firearms safety throughout a series of day and night firearms training and qualification courses. 

The Top Shot award was presented to John Thomas of the Georgetown Police Department.

Physical Fitness Award
The Dover Police Academy Physical Fitness Award is awarded to the male and female police recruits who demonstrated a high level of physical fitness, strength, and endurance throughout the academy.  These recruits also continued to push themselves to a higher level throughout the 19 weeks of physical training. 

The Physical Fitness Awards were presented to Smyrna Police recruit, Eric Carrow and Dover Police recruit, Emily Gibson.

Francis T. Schneible  Resiliency Award
The Francis T. Schneible Resiliency Award is given to the police recruit who showed the most resiliency during the academy.  Francis Schneible began his law enforcement career with the Dover Police Department in 1968.  Just one year into his tour, Schneible was shot by a shoplifting suspect who was armed with a shotgun.  Schneible’s resiliency allowed him to continue to serve for four more years with Dover, later joining the Delaware State Police.  Schneible unfortunately lost his life 24 years after the shooting due to difficulties stemming from his injuries he sustained. 

The recipient of the Francis T. Schneible Award was James Rieley, from the Millsboro Police Department. 

Corporal Thomas Hannon Top Recruit Award
The Corporal Thomas Hannon Top Recruit Award is given to the police recruit who displayed an outstanding effort and demonstrated quality leadership throughout the 19-week academy.  This recruit always gave their best effort and went above and beyond to help their classmates throughout the challenges of the academy.  Corporal Thomas Hannon began his law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department before joining the Dover Police Department in 2005.  Corporal Thomas Hannon was also named the Top Municipal Recruit of his Delaware State Police 76th/64th Academy Class, which made it even more appropriate to name this award in his honor.

In 2012, Corporal Hannon suffered a leg injury during the arrest of a suspect and continued to suffer from complications as a result.  On September 1st, 2017, Corporal Hannon lost his life as a result of medical complications stemming from the injury and subsequent surgeries.

The recipient of the Corporal Thomas Hannon Top Recruit Award was John Thomas of the Georgetown Police Department. 

In his closing remarks, Academy Director, Captain Kevin Kober, reminded the recruits of the challenges that lie ahead and of the Core Values of the Dover Municipal Police Academy: “The policing profession continues to face unprecedented change and challenges, to include recruitment of those willing to serve their community.  But because of people like you who stepped up to serve despite those challenges, we have faith that the State of Delaware is in good hands.  As you serve your respective communities, I challenge you to continue to be examples of COURAGE, PROFESSIONALISM, and INTEGRITY.” 

Graduating Recruits from the 2021 City of Dover Municipal Police Academy:

City of Dover Police Department
Kevin Bottomley
Tyshaun Cole
Emily Gibson
Robert Steven
Chase Strickland

Georgetown Police Department
James Bowen
Michael Harmon
Cody Leppert
John Thomas

Laurel Police Department
Brice Ingram

Lewes Police Department
Isabelle Nadler
Austin Stewart

Millsboro Police Department
Matthew Hooker
James Rieley

New Castle City Police Department
Michael Adams

Selbyville Police Department
Uriel Romero

Smyrna Police Department
Eric Carrow
Joseph Rusillo

Graduating Recruits and Academy Instructors

Dover Man Arrested for 3rd Offense DUI on Sunday Morning

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Incident Number: 50-22-16177

Date/Time:  Sunday, May 29th, 2022 at 2:23 a.m.

Location: Kings Highway and Park Drive, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department charged Jonathan Cannon (39) with a 3rd Offense DUI on Sunday morning.  Officers stopped Cannon in the area of Kings Highway and Park Drive at approximately 2:23 a.m. for a traffic violation.  During the traffic stop, officers detected signs of intoxication and performed field sobriety tests that indicated the suspect was driving while drunk.  Cannon was arrested without incident and released on a $2,502 unsecured bond on the following offenses:
-Failure to Remain in Single Lane
-3rd Offense DUI
-Additional Motor Vehicle Violations

Jonathan Cannon
Age 39
Dover, DE











If you wish to provide information on this case or other criminal activity, please contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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Dover Police Department Obtains Advanced CALEA Accreditation

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®). following a November 2021 inspection.  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 484 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

Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Benefits