State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $4 million* in state and local funds to Delaware.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,026,295
Justice Assistance Grant Program—6 Local Awards $584,589
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,645,649

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Delaware Criminal Justice Council 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Delaware FY 2014 Byrne JAG $1,026,295

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Dover 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology Upgrades $51,549
City of Newark 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Overtime Foot Patrol and Special Projects $25,123
City of Wilmington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Anti-Violence Overtime, Cold Case Investigators, and Advanced Equipment $234,977
Middletown Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology Upgrades $12,903
New Castle County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Data-Driven Enforcement Strategies $216,491
Town of Georgetown 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Georgetown, Milford, and Seaford FY 2014 JAG Program $43,546

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Delaware Center for Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Delaware Smart Pretrial Initiative $166,220
Delaware Criminal Justice Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Delaware FY 2014 John R. Justice Grant Program $30,000
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program FY 2014 $55,559
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Delaware FY 2014 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms $889,567
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Delaware Court of Common Pleas DUI Court Program $350,000
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Prescription Drug and Substance Abuse Change Approach for Delaware $365,358
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Delaware I ADAPT Enhancement Project $750,000
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Support for Delaware’s Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Project $38,945

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 54

Sworn Officers: 2,339

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 85% of the 54 law enforcement agencies in Delaware have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 65% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 2 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 452 officers were assaulted (0.91% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Delaware:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 5,020 4,549 -9.4
Murder and Manslaughter 57 39 -31.6
Forcible Rape* 243 646 N/A
Robbery 1,492 1,226 -17.8
Aggravated Assault 3,228 2,904 -10.0
Property Crime 30,639 28,379 -7.4
Burglary 7,371 6,131 -16.8
Larceny-Theft 21,832 20,916 -4.2
Motor Vehicle Theft 1,436 1,332 -7.2
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (37,321) decreased 5.95% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 8.88% (2,175), and property-related arrests decreased 7.61% (7,407).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Justice of the Peace Court; Family Court; Court of Common Pleas; Alderman's Court


Prisoner Admissions: 3,142
Prisoner Releases: 4,251
Total Prisoners: 7,004

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 4

Source: Delaware Department of Correction

Recidivism Rate*: 67.3%

Source: Delaware Criminal Justice Council
*Recidivism rate reflects the percentage of offenders who were released in 2009 who were recommitted to custody within 3 years of release.

Top Offenses: Data not available

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), a RISS Center, serves Delaware. There are 27 Delaware criminal justice agencies that are members of MAGLOCLEN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Delaware, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Purchase and implementation of an information management system for multiple specialty court dockets across the state, including a mental health court, drug court, and juvenile gun court. In 2013, Byrne JAG funding supported the expansion of mental health courts into Sussex County and Kent County.

  • Victims Voices Heard program, which follows a restorative justice model. Victims of violent crimes have the opportunity to communicate face to face with their perpetrator, which gives survivors an active role in the justice process. The program also gives perpetrators the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions.

  • Law enforcement training from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA). More than 200 officers have been trained in executive development and midline supervisory skills. This training has been presented twice a year at a great cost savings to departments. It has allowed all Delaware State departments to participate rather than having them send a few of their officers out of state for the training.

  • Byrne JAG funds also paid for a public defender to work specifically with juveniles who were eligible for release from mandatory sex offender registration.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Delaware Criminal Justice Council Christian Kervick, Executive Director

Delaware At-A-Glance

Total Population: 925,749
Population Under 18: 203,558
Population Over 65: 147,484

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Delaware State Police Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., Colonel

Local Governments: 339
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Charles M. Oberly III—District of Delaware, Wilmington Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Department of Safety and Homeland Security Raymond Holcomb, Delaware Homeland Security Advisor

Drug Courts: 14
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center