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Dover Police are the latest to look into bringing behavioral health clinicians along in police cars.

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Federal funds are going to the city of Dover to help with community policing.

Dover City Council gave final approval Monday for a $625,000 federal COPS grant to fund the hire of five new officers in the city’s police department.

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Some public post office collection boxes in Dover are being targeted for theft.


The Dover Police Department is working with the United States Postal Inspection Service to investigate several cases of theft from United States Postal Service mailboxes.


Delaware’s Attorney General wants to move on from the night of June 9 when twenty non-violent protesters were arrested near Camden. Some protesters and advocates disagree. 

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As cities across the country lift curfews, the City of Dover’s remains in effect. Some are calling it a violation of First Amendment rights.

Police have released additional information about the arrests of several protesters — and detention of a journalist — Tuesday night.

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As nationwide protests put a spotlight on police practices, advocates in Delaware are calling for citizen oversight of law enforcement.

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Police in Philadelphia have used tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters — and made mass arrests. But police responses to protests in Delaware so far have been comparatively restrained.

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Some Dover businesses are picking up the pieces after demonstrations took a turn for the worse Sunday night.  Several businesses were vandalized as protesters marched from downtown up Route 13 to the Dover Mall area.

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The City of Dover’s new police chief is officially on the job.

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Dover’s incoming police chief says he’s looking forward to tackling public safety in the First State’s capital city.

Mayor Robin Christiansen officially introduced Captain Tom Johnson as the city’s new top cop Tuesday afternoon.

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The City of Dover has a new police chief.


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The City of Dover is closer to naming its new police chief.

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The City of Dover’s search for a new police chief is officially underway.

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The Dover Police Department is about to see a change in leadership. Police Chief Marvin Mailey is retiring next month.  

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Dover Police seized roughly 7,500 bags of heroin during an investigation late last week.

Dover PD arrested three people on drug and firearms charges Friday, and found a total of more than 50 grams of heroin and about 30 grams of ecstacy.

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Dover Police are investigating a death at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend.

20-year-old Caroline Friedman of Philadelphia was found unresponsive around 6:30 a.m. in Camping Lot 18 at Dover International Speedway.

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The Wilmington Police Department is using a new tool to keep citizens informed about crime happening around them.


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Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey is one of several law enforcement leaders participating in a Police-Community Relations Town Hall tonight, Thursday, April 26.


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Dover residents now have a new tool to see what crimes are happening in their neighborhoods, an Online Crime Map.



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Large events like Firefly and NASCAR are held in Dover every year. And now, in the wake of a mass shooting in Las Vegas at a country music festival, Dover Police say they need to step up efforts to keep people safe.

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Dover’s new police chief says one of his top priorities is actively and aggressively taking guns off the streets of Delaware’s capital city.

Dover names its first African American police chief

May 5, 2017
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Dover has named its first African American police chief.

The city council voted Thursday night to make Deputy Chief Martin Mailey the new head of the city’s police department.

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In the summer of 2016 the Dover Police Department teamed up with an addiction recovery center to divert opiate users into treatment and away from crime, jail or death.


Less than a year later, police departments around the First State are looking at Dover's ANGEL Program as a model they could adopt.  


The body of a missing Dover Air Force Base airman declared dead earlier this month has been found.

Dover Police says a fisherman discovered Senior Airman Keifer Huhman’s body around noon Thursday in the C & D Canal along Dutch Neck Road.

Dover Police use hoops to connect with community

Oct 8, 2015
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With mistrust of police and racial tensions on the rise in Dover, city and local NAACP officials are trying something different.

Dover police and downtown residents came together Thursday night, taking over a vacant lot downtown on South New Street for some basketball and block party.

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In an effort to foster better community and race relations, Dover police are partnering with the NAACP to hold a series of community events – the first of which is this Thursday.

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The Dover Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened yesterday afternoon.

Officers responded to a tip about a suspect with a handgun in the area of the 100 block of South New Street. When officers arrived, they observed a suspect who was later identified as Terrance Fletcher, 21. As they approached Fletcher, he fled through towards Governors Avenue, where other officers were waiting to assist. A Dover police officer fired his weapon and struck Fletcher in the upper thigh.

Delaware’s only law school now stands on its own - and has a new dean to guide it.  Widener Delaware Law School dean Rod Smolla visits The Green to discuss the school’s future.

Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik examines two planned youth sports complexes coming Delaware and if the two facilities just 10 miles apart can both be successful.

Science reporter Eli Chen get a local perspective NASA’s Pluto mission from a University of Delaware astronomer.

In our Arts Playlist, Cathy Carter talks to Rob Kelly about his new exhibition of paper-based and pop-up sculpture now at The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery.

In our Enlighten Me segment, our Annie Ropeik returns - heading out on the beat with members of Dover’s new police cadet program to see how its working.

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It's been about two months since the Dover Police Department sent its new police cadets onto downtown streets. The cadets are part-timers who are trained to give citations but not make arrests.

Local merchants say the program has made the shopping district feel safer -- and so far, concerns about how cadets are armed haven't been realized. Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik followed two cadets as they walked their beat on Tuesday, and has more.