Police issues to be discussed at Monday night’s Smyrna council meeting

Norman Wood

SMYRNA — Allegations involving the Smyrna Police Department are expected to be discussed at Monday night’s council meeting at Town Hall.

While investigation determined that no criminal prosecution was warranted against Chief Norm Wood following union complaints last summer, officials urged the town to scrutinize alleged police actions further.

The Delaware Attorney General’s office announced its decision last week regarding a complaint it received from Smyrna Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 22 on July 18, 2016 following a no confidence vote against Chief Wood.

With the ruling, the AG also noted it took no position whether “Chief Wood’s actions complied with departmental policies and procedures.”

Before declining further comment, Mayor Joanne Masten said the matter will be addressed at tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting in the Council Chamber at Town Hall at 27 S. Market Street Plaza. The gathering will be called to order at 7 p.m.

Chief Wood earlier declined comment on the AG’s findings.

A FOP Lodge 22 spokesman opted not to provide a statement or reaction to the AG review, waiting to see what is discussed at tonight’s town council meeting.

FOP concerns were investigated by the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust, which reviews public agencies “to determine whether there is evidence of criminal violations that should be prosecuted,” a spokesman said.

The AG did have “a number of concerns about activities at the Smyrna Police Department that should be scrutinized by Smyrna’s mayor and council.”

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