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 the accomplishments, achievements, initiatives, and will summarize data collected during the calendar year of 2019.
During 2019 our agency was proud to announce the initiation of the Millsboro Police Department’s first Victim Serves position. Our agency was able to initiate this program through an awarded grant from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council. Once our agency was awarded these grant funds, the selection process was initiated.
To our surprise, there was an outpouring of applicants who expressed an interest in this position, and through an extensive hiring process, Vonshea Wise was selected as our agency’s first Victim Service Specialist. Vonshea’ s compassion she exhibits to our community has allowed our agency to improve the services we can provide.
Another significant project within this calendar year was the completion of a minor renovation to our current police station. As our agency added our new Victim Specialist position, we had to ensure we were utilizing the space within our building efficiently. Through relocating our department’s weight room and condensing a storage facility, we were able to create office space for our two detectives, and an office space for our Victim Services Specialist. Furthermore, through this renovation project we were able to expand patrol officer workstations from two stations to six. Within our patrol officers’ quarters, we have added monitors which display surveillance cameras of areas within Millsboro, allowing our officers to utilize technology to enhance our efforts to public safety.
The Millsboro Police Department continues to use 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.
Our community outreach efforts continued in 2019, with several programs engaging our community in positive dialogue, and relationship building. Within this year our agency hosted our 5th Citizen’s Police Academy. This academy was able to provide citizens an inside look of the operations of our department, and an overview of the Delaware Criminal Justice System. Furthermore, our agency was extremely proud of the success of our Whiskers of Wishes campaign. Through the support of our community our agency was able to raise over $6,000 and all funds through this campaign were used to provide Christmas gifts to children within our community. Other outreach programs to mention this year were the following: 2019 Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Tractor Supply Touch an Emergency Vehicle/ Truck, Annual Halloween Night Out, and the Coffee with a Cop. Enhancing the safety of our community is our goal, and through fostering positive relationships, our agency can continue to work towards this mission.
I hope you enjoy our report, and I hope you find the information provided to be informative, and an accurate portal of our agency’s efforts. Additionally, I want to thank our community members and the men and women of our department, because together we can create a safe environment for all within 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.
Criminal Investigations Unit
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 do not 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. Assistance may consist of providing information, emotional support, help finding resources, filling out paperwork, contacting organizations, such as criminal justice or social service agencies, to get help or information for victims.
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.
Town of Millsboro Resident Totals
According to the 2019 Report on State Planning Issues, Millsboro ranks #1 out of the 25 Sussex County cities for number of residential building permits issued (6-year total) - a leading indicator of population growth. This is especially noteworthy given that Sussex County is the fastest-growing county in the State of Delaware. (Projected data obtained from AECOM)
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.
Special Olympics Bowl-a-rama-Event hosted at Millsboro Lanes where Special Olympics Delaware athletes participate in a bowling tournament. Officers assisted in medal presentations and socialized with the athletes.
Polar Bear Plunge- Officers took the icy plunge in the Atlantic to support Special Olympics Delaware. Officers were able to raise approximately $1,400 with the support of the community partners.
Bike Rodeo- Community event partnership with Lowes, DelDOT & local businesses promoting bicycle safety, health and wellbeing.
Law Enforcement Torch Run- Officers were part of more than 500 members of Delaware Law Enforcement agencies who ran the "Flame of Hope," for three days, across 160 miles of the great State of Delaware to benefit Special Olympics. Millsboro PD raised over $5,500 with the assistance of community partners.
Coffee with a Cop- An event where officers meet the public at a local restaurant or coffee shop to have conversations over a hot cup of coffee.
Citizens Police Academy- Citizens attended an eight-week course of instruction while learning about the roles and duties of police officers.
DMV Trunk or Treat- Local agencies gathered for a family friendly trick-or-treat experience at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Touch a Truck- Hosted by Tractor Supply Company, public safety agencies had their equipment on display for a chance to climb inside and take a seat behind the wheel.
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.
Caroling with the Cops- For the second year, the agency partnered with Millsboro Middle staff and students to sing Christmas carols to the staff and residents of Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation & Health Center.
Whiskers for Wishes- This was our 4th year of the campaign and community support continues to increase every year. We were able to raise over $6,500 and make Christmas special for 10 families.
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. We started accepting in June and over 96 lbs. of medications were disposed of during 2019.
Promotions & Awards
The following employees were recognized during the annual awards banquet.
The following officers were promoted to Patrolman 1st Class:
Dallas S. Millner
Liana M. Dodson
Christopher G. Ebke
Cpl. Jonathan A. Zubrowski
Sgt. Barry E. Wheatley II
Lt. Robert C. Legates Jr.
Sgt. Barry E. Wheatley II
Sgt. David C. Moyer
PFC Kyle A. Wharton
Ptlm. John B. Wharton III
Life Saving Award
Cpl. Seth T. Bullock
Cpl. Matthew B. Dufour
PFC. Dallas S. Millner
PFC. Liana M. Dodson
Sgt. David C. Moyer
Officer of the Year
Ptlm. John B. Wharton III
Millsboro’s community continues to grow faster than any other town in Sussex County. Millsboro Police Department staff work 24 hours a day, everyday to maintain a safe and viable community for those who call Millsboro home, work in town, patronize a local business as well as those who are passing through. We strive to combat crime and reduce fear building upon our strong commitment to stakeholders in the community.
Maintaining a strong community partnership remains a priority for the agency. We attempt to foster and build relationships thru the many community outreach events we participate in. Several officers have participated as a mentor in local elementary schools as well as reading stories in the classroom. Officers continue to learn new techniques and methodologies to assist in the community during training sessions throughout the year.
The agency continues to utilize social media as a platform for outreach. Our many events are posted to social media as well as safety information throughout the year. Additionally, our social media audience has been instrumental in identifying persons of interest in investigations.
In 2020, we will continue to focus on our mission of community engagement and the reduction of fear and crime while seeking ways to best utilize our resources to improve relationships with our stakeholders. We will also continue to implement and adhere to the best practices in law enforcement as an accredited CALEA agency. As Millsboro continues to grow, we will continue our focus on data analysis in order to provide the most efficient use of personnel in order to combat crime and respond to calls for service.