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8:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Two Dover Police on Paid Leave After Shooting

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities say two policemen are on paid leave after they fatally shot a man who pointed a pellet gun at them.

Dover Police say before the officers arrived at the apartment of 52-year-old James Long he called a crisis center line and said he planned to commit "suicide by cop." Police say Sunday's call is not the first time Long had made similar threats.

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5:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Essay: Bridging the Racial Divide

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The deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have sparked protests across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders how we as a nation may bridge that divide.

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9:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Concerns Raised Over Body Cameras by Delaware Police

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities are eyeing the use of body cameras by police but say questions about privacy, data storage standards, cost and other issues have to be addressed.

Body cameras were a side topic of discussion Tuesday following a meeting of the State Aid to Local Law Enforcement Committee in Dover. The committee doles out money from the state grant-in-aid budget in response to requests from local police agencies.

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9:15 am
Mon December 8, 2014

3 Arrested in Protest During Salisbury Christmas Parade

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Three men protesting the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri were arrested on Maryland's Eastern shore just as an annual Christmas parade was about to start.

About 50 protesters marched from a middle school to the parade route in Salisbury on Sunday. Some of the protesters then linked arms and blocked the parade route.

After ignoring police orders to move to the sidewalk, officers wrestled two men to the ground and handcuffed them. A third was handcuffed nearby.

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9:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Wilmington Police Get Reminder of Ferguson

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - It wasn't exactly a warm welcome, this sharp-edged statement from a spirited 13-year-old girl.

"I don't like po po," Jekerah Haymes said, using the same street term for police that actor Tyler Perry's Madea character uses in the film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

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9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Some Charges Dropped in Salisbury Police Confrontation

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The arrest of a 15 year old by a Salisbury Police Officer Justin Aita has been declared unlawful.  

That’s the conclusion of a Circuit Court judge who dropped 5 of the 8 charges against the teen.

The boy was taken into custody back in August when the officer stopped the teen for riding his bicycle without a head-light.

The boy eventually pulled away after allegedly giving a false name where upon chase ensued.

The police report says that the boy’s aunt approached the scene resulting in the boy and aunt fighting with the officer.

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11:56 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Training Police to Handle People With Mental Health Problems

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness.

The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have embraced the concept.

Team members include law-enforcement officers who have been trained to compassionately manage people who are suffering from a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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8:09 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Delmarva Resorts Depend on Overtime for Employees

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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9:29 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Anne Arundel County Police Chief to Resign

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's police chief has announced that he will resign Dec. 1 after less than two years on the job.

In a statement Tuesday, police Chief Kevin Davis says he's resigning after the newly elected county executive, Steve Schuh, told him that he'd be "heading in a different direction."

Davis' lengthy statement mentioned the how the county struggled in recent years "when political misdeeds contaminated its waters" and says his administration was focused on positive changes for the future.

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8:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Some VA Police Agencies Lack Written Interrogation Policies

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study says some law enforcement agencies in Virginia don't have written interrogation policies.

A survey of more than 100 agencies found that nearly a third lack written policies. Recording of interrogations is required by only a handful of agencies.

The study's author, University of Virginia School of Law professor Brandon L. Garrett, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that properly conducted and recorded police interrogations can help prevent false confessions.

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8:29 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Police: Highest Paid City Workers in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police officers were the highest-paid city workers in Wilmington last year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the 14 highest-paid workers in 2013 were police officers, including two retired officers who left the force during the year for other jobs.

The 14 officers' earnings include overtime pay, which boosted their salaries to above $100,000 per year. Seventy-one percent of the city's total overtime was paid to police officers in 2013, totaling roughly $2.9 million.

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10:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Police Oversight Board Comes Up in Salisbury NAACP Forum

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The relations between the community and police in Salisbury took center stage at a forum held by the Wicomico County branch of the NAACP last night.

The gathering at the Chipman Cultural Center featured Charles Phillips a conciliation specialist for the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Justice Department.

During the two horu meeting, there were a number of residents who expressed interest in an oversight board for the police.

Local resident April Jackson said that while she has not been afraid of the police in the past, she is beginning to now.

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9:18 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Police Body Cameras Cut Number of Complaints in Chesapeake, VA

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Chesapeake has seen a decline in complaints against police since it expanded the use of body cameras.

Citing police statistics, The Virginian-Pilot reports that there were 51 complaints in 2013, compared to 81 complaints in 2012. The number of complaints upheld declined from 24 in 2012 to 19 in 2013.

Two categories of complaints increased during the period. Racial-profiling complaints rose from five to 11, and procedural complaints increased from three to 14.

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12:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Salisbury City Council to Discuss Budget Amendments

 

During tonight’s City Council meeting, a number of departments will be asking for money.

              The Salisbury Police Department is requesting appropriation of $21,000 to pay for emergency repairs to a police tower on Marine Road that was damaged by a lightning strike on Aug. 2, as well as budget amendment to transfer $1,400 earned through their ammunition recycling program from the General Fund into the Fire Department budget.

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