Dover Police partnering with faith based organizations for new initiative

DOVER, Del. – The Dover Police Department has announced a new initiative to create relationships with the faith based community.

It’s part of the country wide campaign known as “National Faith and Blue Weekend” which runs from Friday, October 9th through Monday, October 12th. Dover Police say they’ll be educating residents about a free service called Smart911 which allows people to share important information on a database. Once signed up police, fire and EMS will be aware of important information including medical conditions, current location and emergency contacts that will help locate and help users in an emergency. Dover Police say the goal is to unify communities by building collaborations between officers, local residents and houses of worship.

“What it’s designed to do is to build bridges and help eliminate bias through out the community and the police department and address issues in the community as well as reach out to our citizens,” says Sgt. Mark Hoffman with the Dover Police Department. “And what better to do it than to go where they are already congregated on a routine basis?”

Hoffman says the department has reached out to about two dozen organizations to participate and about eight of them have already signed up for the initiative.

Organizations interested in participating can reach out to Dover Police Department’s coordinator Paul Kuntzi at 302-736-7145 or email Paul.kuntzi@cj.state.de.us.

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