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9:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Salisbury Residents Get Look at Police Body Cameras

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Salisbury police officers could soon be wearing body cameras.

That was the message at last night's Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable which drew dozens of local residents.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan noted that the Police Department in Rialto, California saw a dramatic reduction in the number of complaints filed against officers wearing body camera in the year after they were instituted.

In addition, she said that they saw a 60 percent reduction in the use of force.

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8:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Police Body Cameras on Display at Salisbury Monthly Meeting

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There will be a presentation for body cameras that will be worn by the Salisbury police.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan announced plans for the presentation that will take place at the monthly Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable tonight at 6 p.m. at the Government Office Building.

The presentation will range from the history of body cameras and sample videos to concerns about them, police considerations and their limitations.

The city is planning to spend around a $140-thousand on the initiative.

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8:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Third Lawsuit Filed Against Salisbury Police

A third lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police.

This time by Darryle Smith and two passengers for being pulled over by the police on August 24th.

Smith said that he gave one officer his license and registration while another pointed a gun at him and his two friends who were in the car.

Smith and his friends Julian Washington and Brian Louck -- all in their early 20’s -- were searched along with the car.

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8:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

NAACP Forum on Police Relations in Wicomico County

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The Wicomico Branch of the NAACP will be holding a forum on police conduct.

It comes in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

It is to be held at the Chipman Cultural Center Thursday evening with goals to engage citizens in developing strategies to deal with charges of police misconduct as well as sustaining the relationship between police and the community.

In addition, the meeting hopes to address racial profiling.

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9:40 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Salisbury Joins National Night Out

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Salisbury kicks off Safe Streets Week.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan announced that the city will be participating in the National Night Out.

The City of Salisbury will hold a Safe Streets Prayer Service at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic church to commence this week’s activities to fight crime.

Tomorrow neighborhoods around the city are being invited to join with thousands of other communities across the nation for the 31st Annual National Night Out.

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8:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Safe Streets Program In Salisbury Gets Grant for Fifth Year

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For the fifth year Salisbury’s Safe Streets Coalition is getting a state grant.

This time it’s for $260-thousand.

It’s part of $1.5 million in funding for the city’s police department during the past four and a half years.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan said she believes it is an investment that has paid off.

She noted that there has been a 50 percent reduction in violent crime since 2009.

Meanwhile, robberies have dropped by 49 percent while burglaries have declined by 62 percent. 

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9:12 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Details of Body Found in Wicomico River at Salisbury City Park

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Salisbury police officers and fire crews yesterday pulled the body of 25 year-old Rodney Stevenson Junior from the Wicomico River’s eastern prong that runs through the Salisbury City Park.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan told reporters that his family had last seen him leave his Ohio Avenue home at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

She said a 911 call came in at round 9 o’clock that said a body had been seen floating in the water.

Duncan said Stevenson was going to a location on East Main Street…but did not specify where.

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8:53 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Salisbury Community Turns Out for Police Conduct Meeting

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Salisbury residents gathered at First Baptist Church to question law enforcement officials in the wake of three police-involved shootings – two of them fatal.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the audience that her officers only use deadly force in instances where it is being used against them or against another.

She added those instances are “few and far between”.

In addition some at the meeting raised the prospect of creating a citizen review board.

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9:32 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Crime in Salisbury Sees Dramatic Decline

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The crime rate in Salisbury is at its lowest level in at least 10 years.

Part One crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery dropped to just 2,091 this past year -- close the target of 2,000 set by city officials in their efforts to bring down the crime rate.

There were three homicides in all of Wicomico County this year, compared with five in the county last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that of the 10-year span from 2004 to 2013, this was the first year there were no homicides within the city limits, though two were close to the city line.

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9:19 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Expanding Crime Fighting Program to Church Street Neighborhood in Salisbury

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Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told a round table last night at the Government Office Building that she wants to expand a community-based effort to fight crime and help youths called “Operation East Side” to the Church Street neighborhood.

The strategy has been used in the Doverdale area in the initiative “Operation Quiet summer” and she now wants to focus on adults as well.

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9:22 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Taser Cam Request for Salisbury Police Department

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The Salisbury Police Department wants to add the Taser Cam to its non-lethal arsenal.

If approved the Tasers would be worn on the belt and would have video capabilities that would visually capture events as they unfold.

Captain Scott Kolb with the department said these could be used like the in car camera in police cars.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan noted that the department was the only one on the Eastern Shore that does not have Tasers in its arsenal.

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9:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Additional Position Sought for Salisbury City Administrator

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Even as longtime Salisbury City Administrator John Pick prepares to depart this week Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to add a new position directly under the administrator.

It would be the second such position and would provide a salary of between $61-thousand to $98-thousand.     

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a memo signed by top city departments including the police and fire chiefs said the additional position is needed because of technological advances as well as increasing mandates and overall growth of the government.  

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9:46 am
Thu March 21, 2013

No Fault Found in Salisbury Police Chase

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Wicomico County State's Attorney says three Salisbury police officers involved in a car chase that ended with the death of a 15-year-old driver won't face criminal charges.

Matt Maciarello said Wednesday said an investigation into the March 7 provided no basis for charges of manslaughter by vehicle or reckless driving.

He said he decided the officers were "prudent and professional."

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8:33 am
Tue March 12, 2013

James M Bennett High School Greaves for Death of Jorgens Sydney


Fifteen year old Jorgens Sydney has been identified as the boy who died last Thursday night after a police chase that led to his car crashing into a utility pole near the intersection of Camden Avenue and Pine Bluff road.

Grief counselors at James M Bennett High School were on hand yesterday…talk about the death the student.

Salisbury Police Department Chief Barbara Duncan says that officers tried to pull the 15 year old over after observing a number of unspecified traffic violations. 

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9:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Salisbury Police and Dispatchers to Get Raise

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Salisbury City leaders have put a price tag on the decision to increase the salaries of police officers and emergency dispatchers.

It’s $488,000 and would cover the rest of the fiscal year through next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is around $40,000 more than the original amount because it includes pay hikes for the city’s nine dispatchers along with the 60 rank-in-file officers.

9:53 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Salisbury City Council Considers Pay Hike For Police Dept.

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The Salisbury city Council unanimously decided to seek $65000 to increase salaries for the Police Department.

That’s more than the $400,000 Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan sought.

This week, Duncan and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello described a hard working understaffed department with hectic schedules and rookie mistakes.

One high ranking officer told the council that his fellow officers were nearing “the breaking point”.

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12:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Subject to a Hoax

It was a spoof.

That’s the word from Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Salisbury police have identified David Gaudette as the person who called local blogger Joe Albero pretending to be a drunk Mayor Ireton conceding the upcoming mayoral election and asking him to meet with him the next day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when Ireton did not show up at the fictitious meeting Albero phoned City Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to tell her about the incident.

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9:02 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cedar Crossing Incident Puts Police On High Alert for Salisbury Festival


An estimated 30-thousand visitors are expected to attend this weekend’s Salisbury Festival with rides, booths and entertainment to greet them.

But the events of last Saturday at Cedar Crossing in which around 15-hundred students found themselves sprayed with Mace by police and four arrested has left city officials scrambling to repair the damage done to the relationship between the city and University students.

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9:13 am
Thu April 26, 2012

More Video Surfaces in Salisbury Macing by Police


             A new video has surfaced that shows beer cans being thrown at police officers before Salisbury authorities used pepper spray during last Saturday’s confrontation during a Shore on the War party.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the video was given to police by one of the four party-goers who was arrested during the gathering that was part of the La Crosse Championship.

            Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the individual has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

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