On behalf of the staff of the Millsboro Police Department it is my honor to submit our annual report. This report will serve as a summary of our accomplishments, achievements, and initiatives of 2022. Furthermore, this report will summarize data collected during this calendar year.
In 2022 the Millsboro Police Department was proud to announce the construction of our new police station. Through the support of the Millsboro Town Council, and from the support of our community, our agency was able to begin construction of our new building in November of 2022. Plans for this new building include a state-of-the-art facility focused on serving our community. Additionally, plans for this building include a designated area for a future basketball court.
Another major accomplishment in 2022, was the Millsboro Police Department achieving our fifth police accreditation award through the Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA accreditation is the golden standard of Law Enforcement, and allows our agency to continue to provide professional police services while also maintaining transparency in our community. Few Delaware police agencies have been able to achieve this accomplishment, and accreditation allows our agency to have the most updated policy and procedures which are focused on improving the services we can provide to our residents and visitors.
Additionally, this year our department was proud to continue with our second Youth Police Academy. This year our department was able to grow this program from 15 cadets in 2021, to 25 cadets. This program has been successful because of the support we have received from our local businesses, and through grant funding. Through the leadership of SRO / Senior Corporal Jonanthan Zubrowski, he was able to provide cadets with an inside look into law enforcement, while also providing many life lessons on leadership and accountability. Through the hard work of Senior Corporal Jonathan Zubrowski, cadets who participated are able to do so at no cost.
In the fall 2022, our department was able to continue our Bike Rodeo Program held at the Millsboro Lowes. Through this program our department continued our partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation, by educating our youth on bicycle safety, and providing free bicycle helmets, and lights to children who attend. Grant funds through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council was allocated to purchase all bicycle safety equipment.
The Millsboro Police Department was able to continue our holiday campaign titled "Whiskers for Wishes”. With the support of our community and our business partners, our agency was able to raise over $8,000. Funds through this program sponsored eleven needy families in Millsboro during the holiday season. Our agency would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Millsboro Grace Methodist Church for the continued success of this program.
In 2022, the Millsboro Police Department continued our commitment to public safety by hiring three new Officers. In 2023 it will be our goal to be fully staffed with 21 sworn officers. To reach this goal our agency will continue to work towards recruiting new officers who are ready to meet the challenge of public service.
The Millsboro Police Department continues to u e the data approach for reported crime and issues regarding traffic safety. Our agency continues to strive to ensure we are deploying our resources to any emerging crime, and to traffic safety trends to improve the quality of life for our residents.
I hope you enjoy our report, and I hope you find the information provided to be informative. Additionally, I want to thank the members of the Millsboro Town Council, our community members, and the men and women of our department, because together we can create a safe environment for our Millsboro community. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.
Brian K. Calloway
The Millsboro Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life by creating a safe environment in partnership with the community we serve. Members of the Millsboro Police Department will act with integrity to reduce fear and crime while treating all with respect, compassion, and fairness.
Community: A strong partnership with the community is a cornerstone of the agency mission statement. We believe each citizen, business, and visitor is a vital and essential stakeholder in our community. We strive to reduce fear and crime via a pathway of community engagement.
Courage: In the face of fear and uncertainty we shall triumph in our efforts to protect life and property.
Honor: We strive to encompass strict adherence to our mission statement and agency rules of conduct while illustrating high moral character in all we do. We do not take lightly the oath we have taken and the responsibilities bestowed upon us.
Integrity: Doing the right thing in all circumstances, even when no one else is around. We aspire to be pillars in the community and set the example for others.
Law enforcement consists of many diverse activities which are directed toward attainment of departmental objectives. Activities such as patrolling and conducting field interviews are not objectives in themselves; they are methods of preventing and deterring crime and arresting offenders. Decisions in law enforcement operations must be made instantaneously, and the lives of officers and others may depend upon the quality of those decisions. An officer is confronted with both criminal and non-criminal behavior, and must be capable of making a reasonable response in both cases. In either instance, an officer must base conduct and action upon the facts of the situation as they appear, relying upon experience, training, and judgment as guides to legal decisions and actions. As a primary function of the Millsboro Police Department, patrol procedures consist of activities beyond patrol itself. Patrol, due to its generalized nature, will overlap a variety of law enforcement functions, including the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, responding to complaints and other calls for service, as well as engaging in crime prevention and community relations activities.
The Millsboro Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit is charged with the primary function of investigating all crimes of a more serious nature, including but not limited to Homicide, Robbery, Burglary, Felony Thefts, Sex Crimes, Aggravated Assaults, Drug Violations, Vice, Organized Crime, Intelligence Activities, and performing liaison with and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies or elements of the criminal justice system. The objective of the Criminal Investigation Unit is to clear all such cases culminating with the arrest of the perpetrator, to exonerate those persons who have been falsely accused of a crime and to recover stolen property. The Detective’s position has been established as a specialized officer with the responsibility for handling those criminal investigations which require special expertise, or because of their complexity or for geographical considerations doot lend themselves readily to completion by patrol officers.
Chief of Police - The overall job function of the Chief of Police is administrative and supervisory in nature with an emphasis on the development of policy and procedures, Rules and Regulations, and budgetary controls.
Accreditation Manager - The primary job function of the Accreditation Manager is to prepare policies, directives, and procedure statements, and review those prepared by others, to ensure that they meet CALEA standards. In addition, the Accreditation Manager is tasked with organizing and maintaining CALEA files,
including updating of proofs of compliance as required by accreditation standards.
Victim Services Specialist - The Victim Services Specialist is a civilian employee who reports directly to the Chief of Police. They provide appropriate assistance to victims who have been traumatized or who express specific, credible reasons for needing further assistance in dealing with their personal victimization or the death of a loved one.
Police Clerk - The Police Clerk is a civilian employee who serves as the Chief’s administrative assistant. The Police Clerk reports directly to the Chief of Police.
Chaplain - The chaplain is a civilian volunteer who assists Millsboro Police Department in various functions. The agency enlists the services of persons ordained by recognized religious denominations who will contribute their time to accomplish the duties requested while serving as an agency and community resource.
School Resource Officer - The primary job function of the School Resource Officer (SRO) is to administer structured curriculum programs in public schools in the Millsboro community. The curriculum is designed to teach children the risk of using drugs and/or alcohol, methods for avoiding high risk situations and self-esteem. The SRO will be available to provide counseling for students and teachers in areas deemed necessary by the SRO and/or the school administrators. The SRO will act as a positive role model for the students in their schools and mentor them when the opportunity arises. In addition, the SRO shall administer public programs and presentations on a wide variety of crime prevention and community-oriented topics.
Town of Millsboro Resident Totals
In 2021, Millsboro ranked #1 out of the 25 Sussex County cities for number of residential building permits issued (6-year total), according to the 2021 Report on State Planning Issues. As of 2022, this still appears to be holding true, due to the continual increase in population. The source for the statistics in population size for years 2018 -2022 is www.worldpopulationreview.com
Millsboro PD Report Totals
5-year cycle of incidents reported to the agency.
Property Damage and Personal Injury Totals
5-year cycle of reported crashes within town limits.
National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
5-year cycle utilizing incident-based reporting system used by law enforcement agencies in the United States for collecting and reporting data on crimes.
Traffic Summons Totals
5-year tally of data collected for traffic tickets issued.
Criminal Arrest Totals
5-year tally of data collected for criminal arrests, both felonious and misdemeanors.
Response to Resistance
During the year of 2022, the Millsboro Police Department handled 5,664 calls for service.
During these calls for service, only 26 calls resulted in officers having to use some degree of physical force during the incident. This reveals that only 0.46% of our officers’ interactions with the public resulted in force being used. There were 26 response to resistance incidents in total, but 4 were due to having to put down a sick or injured animal.
The demographic breakdown of the response reports is black male 50%, white female 17%, black female 13%, white male 13% and Hispanic male 8%. Suspects ranging in age from 18-25 accounted for 43% of the data
Internal Department Data
Citizen Complaints & Internal Affairs
There were 12 citizen complaints filed against officers and six internal affairs investigations during 2022. The graph below is a breakdown of how these were resolved.
During 2022 the Millsboro Police Department offered four conditional hire notices. This would bring the number of sworn officers to 20, just one shy of the authorized full strength of 21 officers. One of these recruits came from a college police agency in Pennsylvania and did not have to attend a full police academy, given his prior certifications. After attending several academy courses, he was able to be Delaware certified. Patrolman Justice Guevarez has since successfully progressed from the Field Training Officer program and is now on patrol. The other three recruits hired in 2022; James Rieley, Matthew Hooker and Brian Cabezas, were not prior law enforcement and as such did have to attend a full police academy. All three attended the Dover Police Academy. James Rieley successfully progressed from the Field Training Officer program and is now on patrol. Recruit Brian Cabezas is still attending the Dover Police Academy and is scheduled to graduate in early March. Assuming Brian Cabezas successfully passes the Field Training Officer program, there is no indication that he will not, this will bring the agency strength up to 19. For the year 2023, the hiring will continue, with the hope of hiring two more officers to bring the department up to full strength.
Lieutenant Robert Legates retired from the Millsboro Police Department, after 20 years of faithful service to the Town of Millsboro. Lt. Legates served in a multitude of roles throughout his years with the Millsboro Police Department. He worked on patrol early in his career, but because of this work ethic and skill in investigating cases, he spent a considerable amount of time in the departments’ Criminal Investigations Unit. He worked a stint as the department’s accreditation manager, he was a firearms instructor, certified as a motor officer, a law enforcement master instructor for the State of Delaware, and ended his career as the department’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Investigator.
New Police Station
On October 4, 2022 saw a milestone for the Millsboro Police Department, on this date the agency broke ground on the new police department building. Located at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Ellis Street, the new building will be approximately 12,500 square feet. It will include a training/community room, sallyport, individual prisoner holding cells, weight room and a community basketball court. This will allow the police department to grow and provide effective services as the Town of Millsboro continues to see population increase.
Polar Bear Plunge - Officers took the icy plunge in the Atlantic to support Special Olympics Delaware. Officers were able to raise money with the support of the community partners.
Law Enforcement Torch Run - Millsboro officers were part of more than 500 members of Delaware Law Enforcement agencies who ran the "Flame of Hope," across the great State of Delaware to benefit Special Olympics.
Halloween Night Out - Our "Night Out” event which offers children a chance to meet and talk with our officers along with other first responders while also getting a few sweets.
Whiskers for Wishes - This was our 7th year of the campaign and community support continues to increase every year. We were able to raise $8,511 and make Christmas special for multiple families in our community.
Coffee with a Cop - The Millsboro Police Department partnered with Starbucks in order to host this community event, where town residents can sit down with an officer and chat over a cup of coffee.
Youth Bike Rodeo - The Millsboro Police Department sponsors a bicycle safety event, that focuses on providing children with bicycle safety gear and an obstacle course for kids to practice safe bicycle riding.
Youth Police Academy - S/Cpl. Jonathan Zubrowski organized the Millsboro Police Department’s Youth Police Academy. Which offers middle school students an opportunity to receive a firsthand experience of how the criminal justice system operates. This was hugely successful and very well received by parents, the participating students and CALEA assessors.
Drug Disposal - A secure box located at the department where citizens can turn over medications they no longer want or need while aiding in preventing drug abuse and protects the environment. Over 276 lbs. of medications were disposed of during 2022.
In 2022, the Millsboro Police Department had a site-based assessment for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Every four years an accredited agency has to undergo an in-depth assessment process, in order to maintain accreditation. This entails having two assessors comb through the department’s files, policies and standard operating procedures, interviewing numerous members of the community and town employees and evaluate the overall ability of the department to adhere to the accreditation standards. The Millsboro Police Department passed this assessment period successfully and was awarded our 5th certificate of accreditation.
PROMOTIONS & AWARDS
The following employees were recognized during 2022.
The following officers were promoted during 2022: