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

    Are you looking for an autopsy report?

    By aa
    Jul 29, 2016
    Reply:

    Yes please and any investigator notes.

    By Becky
    Jul 29, 2016
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: How do I find out who owns an empty house
    By Chelle
    Jul 23, 2015
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: Can I get arrest records from the Delaware state police to check the entire state?
    By ad
    Mar 11, 2015
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: Are there any guardianship records in Delaware
    By Vanessa
    Jun 17, 2015
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: Fire november 26 2013
    By cindy
    Nov 27, 2013
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: How do I know in which county in Delaware to request a background check?
    By jen
    Mar 14, 2013
    Reply:

    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
  • Q: 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

  • UPDATE:Antonio Bynum (23) has been arrested in connection with the shooting/robbery that occurred at the Dover Inn on Sunday evening. The Delaware State Police arrested Bynum during a search warrant in a separate investigation () Bynum was charged with the Continue reading
    October 16, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org
  • Incident/Complaint#:50-18-34733 Date/Time: Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 3:16PM Location: Bay Tree Apartments, 200 Block of Bay Tree Road, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: James Rochester (35) was arrested on several firearms and drug Continue reading
    October 16, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org
  • Incident/Complaint#:50-18-33415 Date/Time: October 4th, 2018 at 2:20PM Location: Unit Block of North New Street, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: Elwood Jerome Ross (51) was arrested for 1st Degree Robbery on Thursday afternoon. At Continue reading
    October 05, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org
  • Incident/Complaint#:50-18-33340 Date/Time: See Narrative Location: Clearfield Apartments, Haman Drive, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: The Dover Police Department arrested 62-year-old Dail Morris on several arson charges following a months long investigation by Continue reading
    October 05, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org
  • UPDATE: The Dover Police Department arrested 22-year-old Marquis Harris of Dover, DE for the shooting of two people at a party on September 8th. Detectives developed Harris as a suspect in the incident and on October 2nd, members of the Continue reading
    October 04, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org
  • Incident/Complaint#:50-18-32887 Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3:32AM Location: 298 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer Narrative: A 29-year-old Dover man was arrested for DUI and firearms charges on Sunday morning. Continue reading
    October 01, 2018
    Source: doverpolice.org

Delaware Missing Children

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

  • 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
    Source: missingkids.com
  • 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
    Source: missingkids.com
  • 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
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Daphne Rocha
    Daphne Rocha, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/18/2018. Missing From Seaford, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Seaford Police Department (delaware) 1-302-629-6644.
    August 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Mar'ky Frederick
    Mar'ky Frederick, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/20/2018. Missing From Seaford, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Seaford Police Department (delaware) 1-302-629-6644.
    August 09, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Brett Davis
    Brett Davis, Age Now: 14, Missing: 06/22/2018. Missing From Greenwood, De. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Delaware State Police (delaware) 1-302-337-1090.
    July 03, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Delaware Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

Delaware Latest Crime Records (Updated 10/22/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    4,576
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    54
  • Rape:
    386
  • Robbery:
    1,269
  • Aggravated Assault:
    2,867
  • Total Property Crime:
    27,900
  • Burglary:
    5,768
  • Larceny Theft:
    20,865
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,267

Delaware Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    897,934
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    783,557
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    15%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    114,334
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    783,600
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    59,726
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    206,993
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    126,693
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    52%
  • State's white resident population
    618,617
  • State's black resident population
    191,814
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    4,181
  • State's Asian resident population
    28,549
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    400
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    23,854
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    73,221
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    586,752
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    21%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    65%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Delaware
  • Births
    12,170
  • Deaths
    7,327
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    91
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Delaware Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    8%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    12%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    28%
  • Total number of Veterans
    78,336
  • 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
    396,222
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    53,167
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    16%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    74%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $235,000
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    325,160
  • Average size of households
    3
  • 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
    $28,935
  • Statewide income of median households in Delaware
    $56,985
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    11%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $34,575
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $40,112
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    434,704
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    35,035
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    548,130
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    40,310
  • People employed by the government
    70,838
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    28,746,991
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    52,446
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    25,174
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    53,210
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    1,910,770
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Delaware
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    74,590
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    9%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    25,679,939
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    5,727,401
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    14,202,083
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    16,421
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Delaware territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    3,156
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    360,930
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    510,253
  • Size in square miles of land
    1,954
  • Population per square mile
    460
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