Chief Dunning Issues Statement Regarding the Shooting of a Delaware State Trooper

Posted on  11/21/2013 4:35 pm

Today Chief Christine Dunning issued a statement regarding the shooting of a Delaware State Trooper in Wilmington:

In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's shooting of a Delaware State Trooper our thoughts and prayers are with our brother law enforcement officer and his family. Many members of the public doubtlessly share a sense of outrage that comes from an attack on a police officer. While no one life is more important than another, an assault on a police officer represents an attack on the institution of justice and the very principles of a peaceful, civilized society that we are sworn to uphold. The assault on one officer is an attack on every hard working and peaceful citizen in the state of Delaware.

The violence that we are experiencing in Wilmington is a symptom of decades of socioeconomic decline and moral decay in some of our oldest neighborhoods. However, it is important to remember that, even in the most desperate of neighborhoods, the good people outnumber the criminal element. The vast majority of the citizens of Wilmington all share the common desire to work hard, educate their children, and live in peace. The citizens of Wilmington need to unite around these shared principles and begin the process of building stronger neighborhoods.

Now is not the time for pointing fingers and casting blame. There is neither a quick fix nor one answer to addressing systemic problems. We need to invest long term sustainable resources towards neighborhood and economic development in order to rebuild safe, strong neighborhoods where the police and community continuously work together.

I am proud of the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department and other law enforcement agencies and thankful for the work that they do. Our officers will continue to selflessly make sacrifices, fight crime, and put their lives on the line to make Wilmington the city we all know it can be.