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Violence StatePolice Troop 7 participated in the initial training and said it was beneficial because of its corn- Continued from page I prehensive approach to domestic track protection from abuse or- violence issues. ders, . . For example, she said, "The At- tDecember, some municipal torney General's Office spoke complaints,. dbcutevery uniformity among municipal and police agencies and the Delaware about the domestic violence pros-,at, eveffif it'S:n0t .state law enforcement officials, State Police were als0 ini-. ecution programs. We know what an act of titt iM0stlof what both in the manner in which the tiate new domestic violet!imitS they need to proceed vifia.thc . we .han(lI. e-arejuSt ve domestic to 'provide moe: ebmelieh'si;)e prosecution as far 'as info, rmatign., inciderts.where.therel are no in, service for domestic violence on the reports:iS ctfieerhti:l?"it" juries and no crimes committed, complaints. "Let's be honest," said Biden during the announcement, "police are"among the toughest, strongest made a lot of people aware that we don't need victim support to fol- low through with prosecution." CAPE GAZETTE, Frlday, September 26. Oetobdr 2, 1997 - 15 Most of the cases in the. Cape . it's a verbal, it doesn't mean next the problem. She said that when Region. said Sykes, iiiv01;eihus  time it won't be something else. Rhode Isla:nd and Michigan bands and. wives Or boyfriends so every incident needs to be doc- changed'their; law enforcement and girlfdends.;i i ' , -":::: 'i  umented," she said. - procedures for domestic violence "We'ra,eraging ablaut-30 a The strength of the training pro- on statewide levels, their abuse week of do-cumgicd:do.mestiC- i gram, she Said, is that it promotes . statistics dropped .... . said Sykes. "It's a serious problem, and it's on the rise. Just because this time complaints are reported and how officers respond to victims. Jeannie Rowland, of Rehoboth Beach, who works with abuse vic- tims, said she believes Delaware is on the right track for addressing .... "The states that do that have much better outcomes," .said Row- land. Of particular strength in Michigan, she said, is that not on- ly do police respond to complaints in the same manner, the courts are strict and swift when cases are prosecuted. . Continued on page 16 people in our communities, but they will tell you that responding to faniily violence calls is what they fear and dread the most about their jobs. They never know what they're walking into  usually guns, drugs and alcohol are in- volved." Among all of the othei" improve- ments in the system, the bill paid for 300 law enforcement supervi- sors to participate in training aimed at aligning police responses during domestic violence inter- ventions. "This ly0Ii:ffai-ning is a: spe- cialized, coordinated effort for cops in cities and small towns, from Wilmington, Newark and Dover to Delmar, Blades and Re- hoboth Beach." Sgt. Dawnn Sykes of Delaware Land Use Continued from page 1 Dukes expects little turnout on Oct. 2 on Oct. 21, when the Coun- ty Council holds its final hearing. He believes that public concern had dwindled away because most people feel they have been lis- tened to. "I think we've addressed their concerns," Dukes said. Mike Tyler, president of the Citizens Coalition, and a common voice at land-use meetings, said he also thinks most of the plan is good. The Citizens Coalition, which is interested in land use and quality of life issues, supports the larger conservation zone require- ment of two acres. Tyler says the plan will, for the most part, have a "positive" effect on the quality of life in Sussex County. One disappointment, he said, was the county's failure to adopt a new C-2 commercial zone for large projects. Tyler said that if he is critical of one thing, it is the timing of the plan. "It should have happened fiye years ago." County Councilman George Collins tends to agree that the land-use plan will end with a whimper, not a bang. Collins said that he thinks the proposed plan will help preserve farmland and limit strip development. He is es- pecially pleased that it will limit the five-acre farmettes that he feared were eating up Sussex County farmland. "I think the land use plan we have is not perfect, far from it. But it is better than what we had," Collins said. When We Saw Plantations, We Said, "This Is Where We Want To Be'." "We began looking for a place to retire, starting in Florida," Jim and Joan Cooper at Plantations explain. "We proceeded northward until we reached Delaware. When we arrived at Plantations," Joan says, "we knew this was the place we wanted to be, "We thought we'd have difficulty selling our 3,500 square foot condo in Maryland," they say. "But it sold quickly and we needed to be out in a little over two weeks. Our single-family home at Plantations was already under construction. We worked closely with the architect at Country Life Homes to get it completed in time. He and the sales staff at Plantations worked with us and we succeeded in making the deadline. "Now that everything is completed, we love our home. It's large, open, bright and it faces the lake. Being on the water and near everything, we think it's the perfect place for a retired couple such as ourselves. When you visit Plantations, you too will quickly see what we like about this very attractive neighborhood." Prices start at $113,500. For information, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. From Route One, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light onto Postal Lane, 1 then right on 275.