Delaware State Police: Crime drops, rate of solved cases remains high

CAMDEN — Administrators at Delaware State Police Troop 3 touted a drop in crime and a high rate of solving cases while at a community meeting last Thursday night.

According to spokesman Sgt. Rich Bratz in a news release a standing room only crowd of private citizens was joined by state and local elected officials ”who gave up their Thursday evening to come out and learn more about DSP Troop 3.”

The program held at the Troop at 3759 South State Street also pointed to the 2017 debut of “several community based programs to build trust, open lines of communication, foster positive and open relationships that are inclusive of all citizens and the police, all aimed at crime reduction and making our communities as safe as possible,”

The community outreach and engagement programs included STaRS (State Troopers actively Reaching Students), Honorary Commander, Community Café’s, It’s Cool to go back to School, working with Meals on Wheels, having DSP Mounted Patrol Unit patrolling on horseback in many communities and Operation Troopers have Your BACkpack, among others, Sgt. Bratz said.

Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz converses with community members at Troop 3 in Camden Thursday night.

“These pro-active efforts allow our troopers to engage the community in non-traditional law enforcement ways that leads to a better understanding of the Delaware State Police, builds trust amongst our communities, and legitimizes our role as law enforcement officers while providing a better understanding of the various cultures that exist within our communities across Kent County,” Sgt. Bratz said.

The DSP reported positive trends in criminal activity as well, with drops in robberies (35.7 percent), burglaries (20.8 percent), thefts (16.7 percent) and overall crashes (3.4 percent). Sgt. Bratz said the reductions ““simply exemplifies the exceptional work the troopers are doing.”

Also, Sgt. Bratz said, “when you examine many of our clearance rates of crime against the national averages, we demonstrate a deep desire to solve our crime.”

The DSP pointed to a robbery clearance rate of 61.1 percent versus the national average of 29.3 percent, a burglary clearance rate of 39.4 percent compared to the national average of 13.1 percent, and a theft clearance rate of 42 percent versus the national average of 20.4 percent. The reductions, Sgt. Bratz said, “clearly shows the dedication of our troopers to solve crime when it occurs.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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