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In July of 2016, Town Council received a letter from the members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #22, lodging several employment-related complaints.
The complaint letter was forwarded to the Delaware State Attorney General’s Office for investigation. In late March 2017, the AG’s Office concluded their investigation and communicated to Town Council that no criminal wrongdoing was discovered. In order to fully vet the concerns raised in the FOP’s letter, and at the direction of counsel, Town Council then engaged the services of an independent investigator, Protocol Security Partners, to conduct further investigation into the complaints. While Town Council is not at liberty to divulge details regarding this confidential employee investigation and also cannot divulge attorney-client communications, we do believe it is important to apprise the public generally as to the outcome of this investigation. To that end, please be advised that Town Council received the investigator’s report regarding this matter on September 15, 2017, and, with the advice of counsel, has since completed its review and evaluation of the findings and the recommendations that are set forth in the report. As a result of this process, Town Council believes it is important to advise the public that, as with the previous investigation conducted by the AG’s Office, the report does not contain any evidence that any Town employee has engaged in any criminal conduct. Additionally, the report does not contain any suggestion that any Town employee has engaged in any action or omission that has compromised public safety. The report does make several recommendations as to how to improve the Police Department’s communications, policies, and procedures. Town Council has voted to accept those recommendations and is now in the process of implementing those recommendations by, among other things, revising the Police Department’s Mission Statement and website to reflect the organization’s leadership philosophy and values, authorizing a review of the Police Department’s current policies and procedures, and taking steps to improve the communications of the Police Department both internally and externally with the community at large. Town Council has communicated this information to the members of the FOP and has also communicated that the Town will continue to respond promptly and effectively to all employment-related complaints as it has always done so.