FROM THE CHIEF

On behalf of the Dover Police Department I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our webpage.

The Dover Police Department is an accredited agency responsible for the primary law enforcement needs of the State’s Capital, and it is my great honor to serve as the 13th Chief of Police in the city’s long and storied history. I take great pride in working with the outstanding men and women of our department. Their commitment and dedication to protecting and serving the citizens of Dover and its visitors is nothing short of remarkable. Representing the officers of the City of Dover Police Department and the citizens of Dover is a responsibility and honor I do not take lightly.
The Dover Police Department is responsible for the delivery of law enforcement services to a city encompassing more than 40 square miles and 37,000 residents. Dover enjoys a relatively low crime rate that is directly attributable to quality employees, proactive policing, new and innovative equipment, the strong support of the Mayor and City Council, local businesses, and various community partnerships. You will notice in our annual reports, that the Dover Police Department leads the nation in crime clearance rates as a direct result of the hard working men and women of the department.
My goals as the Chief of Police include taking a zero tolerance approach to all illegal drug activity, as most criminal activity in the City of Dover can be attributed to this problem. I also wish to place a strong emphasis on Community Policing and building relationships with the youth in our community through our schools. I want to continually improve communication with our citizens by embracing technology that is available to the department such as social media and the departmental website.

In addition, a new mobile application will soon be available to enable smart phone users to have immediate access to the police department and victim’s services within the palm of their hand. A strong, communicative relationship between the Dover Police Department and the people we serve will only help us combat criminal activity and further protect the citizens of the City of Dover.
Our department is a community oriented, full service agency which provides Administrative, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Community Policing, Special Enforcement, 9-1-1 Center and Emergency Services. I encourage you to visit the various sections of our website and learn more about the City of Dover Police Department.

Chief Paul M. Bernat

Email: Paul.Bernat@cj.state.de.us
Phone: 302-736-7100

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