Dover Police turn admins to patrol officers to crack down on crime

By Joe Irizarry 9:02pm, August 27, 2014 - Updated 2:08am, August 28, 2014
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A recent rise in shootings in Dover, including one Wednesday morning that put schools on lockdown, has put crime prevention on the forefront.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

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Police Chief Paul Bernat says the police department has been putting administrators out on the streets to get more officers on patrol.

Bernat, Mayor Robin Christiansen, City Council President David Bonar all stressed that police, city government, the public, religious organizations and other groups can work together to fight crime.

Bonar has this simple message for residents.

"If you see something and if you hear something, say something. It isn't snitching, it's saving," said Bonar.

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Bernat does stress that the police department is doing all it can.

"I want to ensure the public that the Dover Police Department is utilizing every resource available to put the end to these violent crimes, and get the assailants off the streets," said Chief Bernat.

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Mayor Christiansen adds there is already a small coalition to aid in raising awareness and ideas on preventing and limiting violence in Dover.

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