Officials on Crime: We Hear You

The following letter to the editor appeared on DelawareOnline.com on September 28.

As elected officials, we hear from our constituents about criminal and quality of life issues that affect them and their families. We take these calls seriously and work with local law enforcement to tackle these problems and make our communities safer and better places to live.

That’s exactly what happened recently when we reached out to state and local police agencies about concerns raised by residents along the Maryland Avenue corridor between Newport and Wilmington about drug deals and other crimes. They felt that things had escalated out of control, making their streets unsafe.

In response, Delaware State Police, the New Castle County Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department, the Newport Police Department, and the Office of Probation and Parole partnered together in a task force over two days to blitz the area. The officers arrested nearly 70 individuals for various crimes, including prostitution, drug, and weapons charges. The Justice of the Peace Court set up a process to handle the escalation of arrest during the operation.

This joint effort reflects the best of our law enforcement communities and their commitment to ensuring the safety of all residents. We want to thank them for their hard work and quick response to these problems.

We also want to let our constituents know that while police have made major improvements in such a short time, we are encouraging them to continue monitoring the area and continue applying pressure to prevent crime from rising again.

Residents should know that their calls raising concerns are heard, and we elected officials are constantly looking for solutions to their problems. This is just one example of that effort.

Rep. Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere

Sen. Robert Marshall, D-Wilmington West