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Dover Police Study, Staffing Levels Reexamined by City Council

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DOVER, Del.- Dover City Council members on Monday reviewed the findings for a 3-year-old report on staffing strategies in the police department as the agency grapples with vacancies and anticipated retirements.
 
Acting Police Chief Tim Stump discussed the report from the Center for Public Safety Management, which was published in 2016 and contains more than 100 recommendations to manage the agency more efficiently and effectively.
 
Although the police department is authorized to have as many as 101 officers, Stump said the agency's actual employment level is likely somewhere above 90 officers and personnel in specialized divisions are frequently pressed into patrol duties to accommodate vacancies, absences for sickness or injury, or suspensions.
 
"We are always playing catch up at the police department," he said.
 
In regards to the 2016 report, Stump said a majority of the recommendations laid out for the department had been implemented but pushed back against some proposals like having civilian or non-sworn personnel handle duties typically handled by a desk sergeant.
 
"Not only do they sit on the desk and deal with people who come in, they do checks on prisoners...Civilians are not even permitted into their cell blocks," he said.
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