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Delaware Department of Justice to Review 'Allegations' Involving Smyrna Police Department

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Delaware's Department of Justice has agreed to review allegations involving the Smyrna Police Department after the town's council met during an executive session this week to discuss a letter issued earlier this year from the local police union.

Carl Kanefsky, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said Friday that the Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust has agreed to look into the allegations but would not comment any further on the matter.

Earlier this week, council members met behind closed doors for an executive session meeting to discuss a letter from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #22, which represents Smyrna police officers. The Delaware State News reported that the union had voted "no confidence" in Chief Norman Wood, who was accused in a leaked letter by the union of lack of communication and violations of policy and procedure.

Both the union and Wood met with the council in executive session meetings this summer regarding the letter, according to the newspaper. An email message to Brandon Dunning, the acting head of FOP Lodge 22 was not returned Friday.

Smyrna Mayor Joanne Masten declined an interview for this story but said the council on Tuesday moved to forward information to the justice department and asked for guidance.

Wood forwarded a statement that he sent to numerous media outlets last week after recent coverage of the rift between himself and the rank-and-file officers and directed further requests for information to the town council. He said the council discussed the letter during an executive session meeting in July and a conclusion was reached, though it was not public information because it was a personnel matter.

"No further comment will be issued," he said.

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