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Expansion of Dover Police Force Not Included in Budget

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DOVER, Del. --- An expansion of Dover's police force sought by the city's former top cop and some city leaders is not part of the municipality's spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

The city's $43.6 million proposed general fund budget does not include additional officers sought by former Police Chief Marvin Mailey, who wanted to be able to begin the process of hiring more officers ahead of anticipated vacancies and retirements.

However, some city administrators pointed to a study conducted a few years ago that suggested the department's staffing levels may be relatively adequate but officers may need to be reallocated in different roles.

City manager Donna Mitchell said she wanted to be able to consider and analyze the findings of that study more closely before recommending the expansion of the department's authorized strength.

Some city leaders like Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen have suggested the department ought to follow Mailey's suggestion, noting that it can take more than a year to train and prepare a newly-hired officer for street duty. 

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