The location, well north of Dewey was then reported in the Cape Gazette this week. And extensive photos of the location were provided by DCA members today.
The vehicles are one group of $2.8 million of equipment that the Dewey Beach Police has acquired since 2015 through the Military Surplus program, along with an off budget fund, all maintained without approval or by Town Council or the Mayor, according to an independent review done in September 2017 by an attorney hired by the town. Dewey’s acquisition of these vehicles, boats, tractors, and approximately 500 items, including M-16 weapons was entirely outside the Dewey Budget process according to media investigations this month. Of greatest concern are the extensive equipment sales by the Dewey Police Department for which the money has not been accounted for in the bank accounts that only the Dewey Police Department has access to. These hidden accounts have been termed a “slush-fund” by whistleblowers in the Police Dept.
The Town Council passed a resolution on November 11, 2017 to require the Police Department provide the information, but the Police Department has not complied. There is also a review underway of all town procedures, but because of lawsuit by the Police Department alleging “harassment” that review does not include key components of an Audit, or any review of the off-budget police Department spending. Dewey is off the charts in its participation, and no explanations have been forthcoming. Its clear that the equipment was not used by DBPD for the purposes that were claimed as the basis of their need for it.
Our volunteer group of residents have found the location of some vehicles and and have taken photos and identified them as eight (8) of the 36 vehicles. Residents are requested to respond in the Petition here to demand that Dewey provide a full accounting for the location and purpose of the huge amount of equipment and especially the sales proceeds.