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Date: August 21, 2003
AGENCIES RECOGNIZED FOR FUGITIVE SWEEP
(Wilmington, DE): Attorney General M. Jane Brady, chair of the Criminal Justice Council’s Warrants and Capias Committee, today presented commendations to officers who participated in a fugitive sweep hosted by the Harrington Police Department on April 1st. The sweep netted 20 fugitives wanted on charges ranging from traffic violations to felony offenses.
Attorney General Brady initiated the Warrants and Capias Committee of the Criminal Justice Council in late 2000 to develop solutions to reducing the number of outstanding warrants and capiases and to develop procedures to prevent future backlogs. The goals of the committee include preventing delay in securing justice, assuring better public safety and assuring accountability of offenders.
At today’s ceremony, Brady commented, “The individuals we recognize today exercised
creativity and initiative in assuring that persons who are disregarding the court’s processes are held accountable. Both offenders and the public will respect an effective justice system.”
Harrington Police Chief John Horsman, one of the awardees and officer in charge of the initiative, commented, “This operation was the brainchild of Sgt. Aaron Davis who spent countless hours preparing for the initiative. It is important to note that multiple jurisdictions cooperated to make the operation a success.”
The following officers received commendations at the monthly meeting of the Warrants and Capias Committee held at the Department of Correction Administrative Building: Chief John Horsman (Harrington Police Dept.), Lt. Terry Helsel (Harrington Police Dept.), Sgt. Aaron Davis (Harrington Police Dept.), Cpl. Mark Anderson (Harrington Police Dept.), Cpl. Jonathan Kendall (Harrington Police Dept.), PFC. Kevin Wix (Harrington Police Dept.), Officer Joseph Schlimer (Smyrna Police Dept.), Cpl. Brian Moore (Smyrna Police Dept.), Officer Michael Helton (Smyrna Police Dept.), Officer Jon Andrews (Smyrna Police Dept.), Officer Torrie James (Smyrna Police Dept.), Officer Tom Tyndall (Georgetown Police Dept.), Officer Thomas Webster (Probation and Parole), Officer Alan Thorley (Probation and Parole), Officer Scott Taylor (Dept. of Correction), Officer John Weiss (Probation and Parole) and Officer Brian Wood (Probation and Parole), John Bell, (Delaware Justice Information System).