Community Response and Enforcement Unit – CREU

The Community Response and Enforcement Unit or “CREU” is comprised of the Dover Housing Liaison Officer, the Problem Oriented Police Officer, the Mounted Patrol Unit, and the Dover High School and Middle School Resource Officers.  There is Sergeant assigned to oversee the unit.

Each of the positions within the CREU allow for officers to interact with the community in a more proactive manner than that of the normal patrol officer responding to calls for service.  These positions allow for officers to focus more on education of the community in working toward the prevention of crimes or becoming a victim of a crime. 

  • Dover Housing Liaison Officer: Assigned to handle calls for service as well as education and interaction with residents of all Dover Housing Authority properties, as well as Whittier Falls.
  • Problem Oriented Police Officer: This is a grant funded position in which the department can assign the officer to focus on areas of the city in which there are in increase in criminal activity or other quality of life type issues.  One example may be locations in the city which experience a sudden increase in graffiti.  The officer would work with business owners on prevention methods while also working to apprehend potential suspects.
  • Mounted Patrol: The Mounted Patrol Unit was initiated as part of the department’s proactive approach to crime prevention, while re-allocating limited resources to provide more effective services.  The Mounted Patrol is a practical approach to specific law enforcement problems, providing increased visibility and approach-ability.
  • School Resource Officers: The Dover Police Department has a police officer in both the Dover High School and the Dover Middle School.  These officers are assigned to the school full time during normal hours of operation, and are there for a measure of increased safety as well as to act as a police department liaison for students and staff.