Neighborhood Watch Report April 2014



 April 25, 2014

             By Stan Mills, Rehoboth Beach NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH


               >>  Notes from Detective Sullivan 

Seasonal Officers Walk the Beat Starting May 16

Delmarva Power Energy Wise Rewards Program -

     Breakdown in Communication?


  >>  Weekly Statistics
  >>  Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
                  tomorrow, Saturday, April 26 10AM - 2PM
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     by Cpl. Detective William L. Sullivan, 
     Rehoboth Beach Police Department     





I want to give everyone an update on our Seasonal Training.  We have a total of 23 Seasonal Officers with us this year that will be assigned to four separate shifts.  We hope to have two bike Officers assigned to each shift with one being a primary Officer and one being a secondary Officer.  When time and staffing allows, we will utilize both bike officers during the same time to cover a much larger patrol area. 

Our training began on April 4, 2014 and will continue each weekend until April 27th (with a break on Easter weekend)  The training covers multiple law enforcement areas including laws of arrest, search and seizure, criminal and civil ordinances/code, First Aid/CPR, cultural diversity, communications, courtroom procedures,  patrol procedures and much more.  Part of our training is instructed by prior Seasonal Police Officers from Rehoboth who have moved on to very successful careers in many different agencies both in and out of state.  Our Bike Enforcement Unit (BEU) will have and additional weekend of training on the weekend of May 2, 3, 4th  specifically for emergency bike operation.

The total amount of training hours our Seasonal Officers receive, including the bike unit, will be close to 100 hours!   We have a very energetic and excited group of Seasonal Officers from several different states and they are all looking forward to some very valuable experience in police work and community interaction. Our seasonal officers hit the pavement starting Friday, May 16.  Please take a moment to introduce yourselves to these fine young Officers when you see them.   

Responding to a query from a Watcher, I spoke with Delmarva Power today and they advised that a device that is being put on air conditioners for those that join their "Energy Wise Rewards Program" and that the program offers a credit to your power bill and regulates your air conditioning unit during peak times in the summer.  Apparently Delmarva Power hired an outside contractor by the name of Comverge who installed these units on some residences with what appears to be without permission.  I was advised that the contractor will come out and remove any unauthorized units.  The phone number for Comverge is (866) 353-5799.  Although I do not believe this is a scam, and maybe even a beneficial service, I believe there was a serious breakdown in communication.  Their website is for more information.

On another energy subject, we recently removed an individual from the city that was soliciting residents to change their power company to Commerce Energy.  We received a call from one of our Watchers who reported this right away.  The company appears to be a legitimate company; however, this subject was advised that soliciting was prohibited in Rehoboth.  Troop 7 has received multiple calls on these solicitors but are unable to prevent them from soliciting in their jurisdiction.

We have received several reports of sickly animals including raccoons, foxes and cats.  Please keep in mind that if you see an animal acting strangely, please call us so we can come out and assess the situation.  In some instances we will have to safely and humanely dispatch the animal if it appears to be sickly or carrying rabies.  


Criminal activity has been relatively low for us here this past winter and we appreciate all of our Watchers' vigilance and timely reports of suspicious activity.  We are truly looking forward to a very safe and enjoyable summer season.


Please contact me with any questions. 

- Detective William L. Sullivan 


Statistics for the

Week of April 14 - 20, 2014

Number of Complaints 104

24  Traffic Arrests 
  7  Criminal Arrests
  0  Domestic 
  0  Civil Complaints
  0  DUI
  1  Seatbelts
  0  Underage Consumption
  0  Bicycle
  1  Local Fugitives
  3  Cell phone

The criminal arrests were for:

  2  Criminal Mischief

  2  Disorderly Conduct

  2  Shoplifting

  1  Theft

Click here for a listing and descriptions of


Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you.                                                   

A Note from

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

in-town disposal site

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is spearheading a nationwide Drug Take-Back event on April 26, 2014. Called the "National Take-Back Day", this event provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.


The Division of Public Health and several organizations throughout the state are helping to organize this effort. There will be several collection sites throughout the State of Delaware on the day of this event. The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is a partner in this program and will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Medicines play an important role in treating certain health conditions and diseases, but they must be disposed of with care to avoid harming the environment. The Delaware Division of Public Health supports efforts to ensure the safe and secure disposal of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

*Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain

*Do not throw medications away in the trash

Instead, the public should take advantage of pharmaceutical "take-back" programs.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be collected. Liquid products and creams in their containers will be accepted. Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

This program is absolutely anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present.

  Drug Take 1

Participants are to remove any personal information from bottles or packages that contain pills/capsules and liquids and place the bottles or packages into the disposal box located at the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, 229 Rehoboth Avenue.

Watchers, we thank you for being attentive and participating in

 Rehoboth Beach  



Stan Mills




This bulletin was prepared in cooperation with the Rehoboth Beach Police Dept. 
The Rehoboth Beach Neighborhood Watch program is intended to assist in the flow of information from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department to the citizens of our community and vice versa. 
It is also available to be used as a forum for your concerns on Neighborhood Watch issues.   Please feel free to communicate your questions and suggestions.  For more information, call Stan Mills at 227-6032 or Hoyte Decker at 227-7824.  eMails should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
The police representative is Detective William L. Sullivan; he can be reached at the department's non-emergency number, 227-2577.

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