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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey Jr. has been named the city's 14th chief of police, after taking over day-to-day operations for nearly four months.
 
News outlets report that in a special meeting, the City Council unanimously voted Thursday to name Mailey as the next chief of police.
 

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Dover’s Police Chief Paul Bernat is stepping down next year after two and a half years in office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will retire as of January 17th.

Before then Mayor Robin Christiansen plans to appoint an interim replacement by January 10th.

The Mayor told the News Journal that the town was going to miss Chief Bernatbnoting that there have been significant accomplishments.

He successfully added 10 more officers bringing the total number to 103.

He also reinstituted the department’s cadet program.

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More than 100 firearms have been seized by the Dover Police Department this year.

Chief Paul Bernat told WBOC that some of this was due to initiatives taken by the department and that more guns were being used in committing crimes.

He said that he believed drug dealers are arming themselves for protection.

Bernat added that most gun violence is related to the drug trade.

So far this year there have been more than 35 people who have been shot in the city.

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James Liguori, attorney for Webster for former Dover police officer Thomas Webster, is asking the Delaware Department of Justice to investigate Chief Paul Bernat in the internal investigation of his police abuse case.

He charges that the chief’s conduct was “unprofessional, disingenuous and sneaky.”  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the internal investigation recommended no action be taken in the 2013 incident in which Webster was seen on a dash cam kicking Lateef Dickerson in the head.

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The Dover Police Department held a public outreach meeting with the local NAACP last night.

Chevis Anderson. a community activist with the Greater Dover Arts Council, told WBOC that the meeting was a defining moment for the city.

Questions have swirled about the police department after a video of Corporal Thomas Webster showed him kicking an African American man in the head.

He has been suspended.

In addition, an officer involved shooting ink August got the community’s attention.

The man faces gun charges.

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Ten more officers will be added to Dover’s police force.

The Dover city council voted 7-to-1 to spend a more than a million dollars with another $4 million over the next five fiscal years.

This will bring the total number of officers on the force to 102.

But it is not clear where the funding will come from.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat that the request comes in the face of a recent increase in violent crime that hit Delaware’s capital last year.