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Dover PD brings back Street Crimes Unit

Delaware Public Media

The Dover Police Department is responding to the rash of gun violence in the state capital by bringing back its Street Crimes Unit effective immediately.

The unit – which takes what the department calls an “aggressive, zero-tolerance approach to all criminal acts” - was deployed temporarily last year between late summer and the end of the year to address an uptick in shootings.  During that period, it made several arrests.

Dover PD is reactivating it in the wake of four homicides and numerous shooting incidents – including Friday’s shooting in the Capital Green neighborhood near Legislative hall.  The suspect in that case, 25-year-old Rakim Strickland of Dover, is still at-large and considered armed and dangerous.

Dover Police add the Street Crimes Unit will remain active for the foreseeable future.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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