Citizens’ police academy cops attention in Millsboro

MILLSBORO – Community respect and trust are paramount in the Millsboro Police Department’s mission to provide a safe and secure environment, says new police chief Brian Calloway.

Community involvement is copping plenty of interest.

On March 29, more than two dozen “students” are scheduled to begin the Millsboro Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy.

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MILLSBORO POLICE CHIEF BRIAN CALLOWAY

This is Millsboro’s fourth academy dating back to 2004 and as of Feb. 10 it’s the largest with 25 registered candidates, much to the liking of Chief Calloway, an 18-year member of the Millsboro force who was officially appointed to the department’s top post in early January after having served as acting chief following John Murphy’s retirement.

“Probably the No. 1 platform that I have established is that I want to develop a more transparent agency, not only developing transparency through our staff but also through our community,” said Chief Calloway.

The nine-week academy runs through May 24 with weekly sessions every Tuesday.

“A large number of people in Millsboro are interested in the operations of our police department, and what better way to be able to educate the public,” said Chief Calloway.

The first citizens’ police academy in 2004 had 15 enrollees. In 2005, academy enrollment was 12 and in 2010 it numbered about 10.

“I currently have 25 students enrolled, which is the largest we have had,” Chief Calloway said.

Instructors in the citizens’ police academy are members of Millsboro Police Department along with guest speakers that could include the likes of judges and Justice of the Peace Court representatives.

“The citizens’ police academy is designed to educate the public on the operations, the everyday operations of the police department,” said Chief Calloway. “It doesn’t give graduates the authority to make arrests. But what it does is hopefully dis-spells rumors about what the job entitles; that is not always writing tickets even though that is something because traffic is always a concern. It is a way to give the public here the opportunity to meet members of the agency.”

“Millsboro is transitioning to a town where we have a lot of retirees that are from other states and maybe they don’t really know how police operations in Delaware work,” Chief Calloway said. “So this is a really good way to educate them.”

Citizens’ police academy itinerary also includes tours. The Sussex County 911 dispatch center in Georgetown and the Delaware State Police Academy are two tour destinations.

Based on Main St., Millsboro Police Department will be fully staffed at 14 sworn officers when two current recruits graduate from the Delaware State Police Academy, Chief Calloway said.

Millsboro Police Department is among the handful of Delaware law enforcement agencies that have attained national accreditation through CALEA (Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). CALEA’s goal is to improve delivery of public safety primarily by maintaining standards and up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing/administering an accreditation process and recognizing professional excellence.

For more information on the Millsboro Police Department, visit http://www.millsboropd.com/.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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