Police Chief Marvin Mailey has assured a group of Dover clergy the police department is well prepared and equipped if the city experiences similar events such as the demonstrations and riots that took place in Charlottesville, Va.

The Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige said the group was concerned about the likelihood of white supremacists and other hate group demonstrations and riots taking place in Dover.

Mailey told the group such an event is unlikely, she said.

Addressing a group of 18 clergy at a meeting hosted by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover and Vicinity Social Action Committee, Mailey said the police department can make advanced preparations for marches and protests because anyone wanting to march or demonstrate must apply for a permit at least a week in advance. He also said back up assistance is available from other police departments throughout the state. 

Mailey told the group to contact police they see anything unusual.

The chief added anyone taking part in counter-protests should keep their distance from the opposition, be respectful and follow police commands.

Officers will keep any such groups separated, Mailey said.

“Dover PD is ready,” Mailey told the group. “We plan for the worst and hope for the best.”