Skip to Content

We obtained data on 45 Delaware police departments.

  Loading Map ...

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 56%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with over 250k population. Cities with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.

50th Percentile
Police Funding:  82%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  57%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  23%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  60%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

82% -10%

Police Funding By Year

$80.44M  |  422,025 Residents  |  $191 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 5% of Depts

Number of officers per 1k population

393 Officers  |  9.3 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 9% of Depts

Police violence i

57% +1%

Open in New Window

Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 63% of Depts

361 Incidents  |  117 every 10k arrests  |  +15%

Open in New Window

Deadly Force

2 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  0.4 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 8% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

N/A Unarmed  |  50% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than N/A of Depts   

Open in New Window

Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of New Castle County


New Castle County Police Dept Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


Police Accountability i

23% +19%

Total civilian complaints

213 from 2016-20  |  11% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Not Sustained Complaints Sustained

Use of Force Complaints

17 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Complaints of Police Discrimination

4 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

0 Complaints Reported


Approach to Law Enforcement i

60% -1%

Arrests By Year

48,673 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

More Info

Arrests for Low Level Offenses

19,025 Arrests  |  6 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 5% of Depts   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 4x more likely and Latinx people were 1.1x more likely to be arrested for low level, non-violent offenses than a white person.

Black Latinx White

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 39% )

Drug Possession ( 11% )

Violent Crime ( 8% )

Open in New Window

Homicides Unsolved

99 Homicides from 2013-21  |  43 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 37% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 46% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 13% )

Delaware Police Department Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. Departments with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.

Overall Scores for Depts where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

Grade Scale Tap "show more" to see extended list

* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.

About This Scorecard

This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.


Police Scorecard is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, learn more about our team here. If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Founder, Samuel Sinyangwe.

methodology Source Data


Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.


Here's how to start pushing for change

  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.