MPD unit addresses mental health over incarceration

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

A few years ago, Milford Police Department established a Behavioral Health Unit, an idea suggested by Councilman Jason James. According to statistics provided by Chief Cecilia Ashe at a recent board meeting, through April 2023, there have been 72 diversions from arrest, 98 diversions from the ER and 893 follow-ups by the unit. “Some of the biggest benefits to this …

Police chief requests funds for radio upgrades

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

Milford Police Chief Cecilia Ashe recently requested $499,000 from City Council to upgrade the radio communication system used by dispatchers and officers. The current system is almost 20 years old and is in dire need of upgrading. “In my evaluation going through the department, this is one of the major things that we will need going over to the new …

Council requests speed reduction on Route 113

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council authorized Mayor Archie Campbell to sign a letter to DelDOT requesting that speed limits on Route 113 through city limits be reduced to 40 miles per hour in any area where the speed is currently 45 miles per hour. According to the letter, on one section of 113, the northbound and southbound lanes …

Council takes action on police related matters

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council took action on two items related the police department. The first was a request by Chief Cecilia Ashe regarding take home vehicles and the second involved funding for the new police facility. “As you all are aware in March, I came before city council to request that the police department be able to …

New police chief to speak at Second Friday

Terry RogersCulture, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

The First Presbyterian Church of Milford will present Chief Cecilia “Cece” Ashe who was recently hired as the new chief of police for the Milford Police Department. Chief Ashe will talk about her vision for the department and explain some of the processes in place to keep the town safe. The program is available both in person and via Zoom …

Meet Milford Police Chief Cecilia “CC” Ashe

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

Chief Cecilia “CC” Ashe was sworn in as Milford’s first female police chief on Monday, February 13 after council voted unanimously to hire her in the position that former Chief Kenneth Brown vacated in August. Chief Ashe was chosen after a nationwide search conducted by GovHR since Chief Brown announced his retirement. “My first reason for applying to Milford was …

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Council approves Letter of Intent to USDA for new police station

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

On December 12, Milford City Council approved the last items necessary to submit to the USDA in order to finance the new police facility. Council approved unanimously to submit the USDA RD Obligation of Funds & Letter of Intent to Comply with Police Facility Letter of Conditions. “A handful of materials were delivered in early December to the regional and …

City discusses police administrative changes

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council discussed possible changes to the administration of the police department. Currently, the police department uses the city Human Resources and Internet Technology offices to handle police issues. City Manager Mark Whitfield questioned whether it would be beneficial for the police to have a dedicated IT and HR department. “We settled a number of …

Panhandlers on Route 113 causing safety concerns

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire, Uncategorized

During the committee and ward report section of a recent Milford City Council agenda, Councilwoman Katrina Wilson commented that she had received several complaints from residents about panhandling at intersections of Route 113. Councilwoman Wilson stated that many people felt the issue was getting out of hand. “I’m assuming they are homeless, but it’s becoming overwhelming,” Councilwoman Wilson said. “I …

MPD Behavioral Health Unit hopes to expand

Terry RogersHeadlines, Milford Headline Story, Police & Fire

At a recent Milford City Council meeting, Acting Chief Ed Huey explained to council members that Milford Police Department was hoping to expand the Behavioral Health Unit to include victim services. Currently, the department uses Delaware State Police Victim Services, but it was felt that bringing that to the local level would be beneficial. During the meeting, Councilman Mike Boyle …