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In 1977 the General Assembly passed Delaware's Freedom of Information Act to insure that government be open and accountable to the people. The Delaware Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the state law that gives the public the right to observe government meetings and to access government records. Additionally the Delaware Open Meetings Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. Records specifically exempted from public disclosure by statute or common law include but are not limited to intelligence files compiled for law-enforcement purposes, records involving labor negotiations or collective bargaining, pending investigative files and personnel, medical or pupil files. The office of the Attorney General is responsible for investigating any alleged violations of the FOIA. Delaware has three counties, the fewest of any U.S. state. Each county elects a legislative body. most functions which are handled on a county by county basis in other states, such as court and law enforcement have been centralized in Delaware. The centralization significantly concentrates the power of the Delaware state government. Delaware has 1,795 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. Delaware criminal histories and records are maintained by the Delaware State Identification Bureau, a division of the Delaware State Police. Find current Delaware public records fast and easily. Request criminal records from local law enforcement authorities and find out about prisons and individual inmate information. Search the state's judicial system for current court case records. Find information about the county governments, resources and services they have to offer their citizens. Link to the city websites to learn about individual communities and local attractions. Gather information on the residents and learn about the housing and real estate markets. Investigate the possibility of doing business in Delaware by learning about the demographics and local economy. Read about interesting news headlines and stories happening in Delaware. Get birth, death and marriage statistics and learn about the history of Delaware and its people. Check this site often as new Delaware sources are added on a regular basis.

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  • Question: My daughter was pronounced dead at Dover hospital 11-27-09. How do I get the investigation information.
    By Becky
    Nov 27, 2015

    Are you looking for an autopsy report?

    By aa
    Jul 29, 2016

    Yes please and any investigator notes.

    By Becky
    Jul 29, 2016

    Examination reports, more commonly known as autopsies are open to the public, additionally, the state of Delaware does not charge a fee for these reports. To get the examination report, you need to request them directly from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, 200 S. Adams Street Wilmington, DE 19801. You will need to provide them your name and where you choose to have the report sent (a mailing address), the name and date of death of the deceased. You can also find their contact phone numbers listed on Division of Forensic Science's website. Delaware Code: Title 29, Section 4706 states the types of deaths that are investigated. DDFS has an administrative office six staff members (director, deputy director, chief medical examiner and 3 deputy chief medical examiners) maintaining pathology, death investigation, toxicology and controlled substance records/reports. Their email address and names are listed on the DDFS website if you need to contact them directly.

    By aa
    Jul 29, 2016
  • Question: How do I find out who owns an empty house
    By Chelle
    Jul 23, 2015

    There are free searches which show property information online freely, you will need to know the county, since there are only three counties in Delaware, you can just look into them individually. Sussex, Kent and New Castle, all three have free online searches of property information. You can search by street name or other location description.

    By adm
    Jun 23, 2016
  • Question: Can I get arrest records from the Delaware state police to check the entire state?
    By ad
    Mar 11, 2015

    There are many sites where you can look up arrests, including: Delaware Criminal Justice Information System Online Wanted Person Review, this is a free and instant search from the state. What the state police provides should be on their webpage, or you may need to call. I would rely on information directly from the source, not another person's experience as it can vary from one individual to another. Note that arrests do not always end up as criminal convictions, chances are that they wouldn't appear in a person's background check.

    By al
    Feb 09, 2016
  • Question: Are there any guardianship records in Delaware
    By Vanessa
    Jun 17, 2015

    The Chancery Court appoints guardianships, which include guardianship of an adult, property of an adult and property of a child under the age of 18. The Delaware state courts' site offers an overview of the process for a disabled person's guardianship.

    By adm
    Jul 20, 2015
  • Question: Fire november 26 2013
    By cindy
    Nov 27, 2013

    Since you know the date of the incident, periodicals such as the one at the local library could have an article about it. Crime mapping, there are several different sources, also show fires (possible arsons) by area/block, this source has dates of coverage and various departments. If you know the location or city of the fire, mention it in your question, there may be a source specific to that area. Some fire departments release press releases and news about their operations.

    By admn-resp
    Oct 06, 2014
  • Question: How do I know in which county in Delaware to request a background check?
    By jen
    Mar 14, 2013

    You do not necessarily need to know which county to conduct the search. You can request a criminal search from the central repository for criminal history information in the state of Delaware using the State Bureau of Identification. You can also look up addresses found by doing a people search online. Some addresses or residences can be cross referenced by looking up deed information and property ownership. Also, keep in mind that juvenile records are not available through this service. Similar to criminal records, the state's superior court's case search can be looked up at once where you may not need to go from county to county. You can access cases and judgments under persons' names as well as businesses.

    By al
    Mar 14, 2013
  • Question: How do I find criminal charges case search for someone?
    By Angie
    Sep 21, 2017
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Delaware Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-11894 Date/Time: Friday, April 19th, 2019n at 3:24PM Location: My Roma Pizza, 1008 Lafferty Lane, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover Police Department arrested Radames Guzman (23), of Magnolia, on armed Continue reading
    April 20, 2019
  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-11612 Date/Time: Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 between 1:00AM-1:40AM Location: Allure Night Club, 865 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE (and surrounding parking lots) Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover Police Department is investigating a Continue reading
    April 17, 2019
  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-10719 Date/Time:Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 11:31AM Location: Schoolview Lane at Wilson Drive, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: Two men were arrested on drug charges after officers observed them conducting drug transactions Continue reading
    April 11, 2019
  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-10818 Date/Time: See Narrative Location: 200 Block of Pebble Valley Drive, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the 200 Block of Continue reading
    April 11, 2019
  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-10798 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at approximately 11:32PM Location: 7-11, 654 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover Police Department arrested 39-year-old Bryan Neal on robbery charges after Continue reading
    April 10, 2019
  • Incident/Complaint#: 50-19-10697 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 9:50AM Location: West Reed Street and South Governors Avenue, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover Police Department arrested Tyrese Bailey (18) on drug charges Continue reading
    April 09, 2019

Delaware Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Shaquan Shields
    Shaquan Shields, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/17/2019. Missing From Middletown, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Middletown Police Department (delaware) 1-302-573-2800.
    March 05, 2019
  • Missing: Cody Hunter
    Cody Hunter, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/10/2019. Missing From Dover, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dover Police Department (delaware) 1-302-736-7111.
    February 13, 2019
  • Missing: Tina Kemp
    Tina Kemp, Age Now: 54, Missing: 02/03/1979. Missing From Felton, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Delaware State Police 1-302-697-4454.
    November 29, 2018
  • Missing: Shakyla Dukes
    Shakyla Dukes, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/25/2018. Missing From Dover, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dover Police Department (delaware) 1-302-736-7111.
    October 15, 2018
  • Missing: Meiona Curtis
    Meiona Curtis, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/15/2018. Missing From Magnolia, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dover Police Department (delaware) 1-302-736-7111.
    September 26, 2018
  • Missing: Nazir Gulamali
    Nazir Gulamali, Age Now: 13, Missing: 08/13/2018. Missing From Wilmington, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New Castle County Police Department (delaware) 1-302-573-2800.
    September 18, 2018

Delaware Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Delaware Latest Crime Records (Updated 04/22/2019)

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Delaware American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 04/22/2019)

  • Delaware's demographic and housing ACS survey of 917,060 being 0.29 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.4% males and 51.6% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Delaware social characteristics data of 339,046 households, which make up 0.29 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 227,841 families with and without children. There are 234,668 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Delaware American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 734,886 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.3 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 465,922 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Delaware housing characteristics are collected from 411,250 dwellings making up 0.31 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 339,046 or uninhabited 72,204 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 339,046 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Delaware Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Delaware
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Delaware Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Delaware
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Delaware Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Delaware
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Delaware
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Delaware territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile