3601 N. DuPont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
The Patrol Division is where everyone begins their career after graduating from the police academy. It is the most visible component of the department and most likely the first contact that citizens will have with the police. Their primary duty is working rotating shifts to cover 24/7 response to 911 calls. Other duties include:
Officers assigned to the Patrol Division have the most citizen contact of any component of the Police Department. Keeping in mind that we safeguard the communities within New Castle County, patrol officers are encouraged to interact with citizens. Positive interaction with local residents reinforces the departments' mission that law enforcement and the local communities share the same goal of keeping New Castle County a safe environment for everyone.
Canine (K-9) Unit
The Canine Unit started in 1986 with one officer (Retired Officer Stan Downward) and a bloodhound named Jesse. Since 1986, there have been thirty-four handlers and fifty-two dogs. Currently, there are fourteen teams engaged in search and patrol work. Some of these teams are also trained in explosives detection. The training for this unit is six months with each dog being cross-trained to perform searches for contraband, missing persons, and routine patrol work. Each patrol squad has a K-9 team assigned to it.
Community Services Unit
This unit was formed in 1976 as the Crime Prevention Unit and was aimed at reducing residential crimes. Today, the unit has specialists trained in a wide variety of safety and security concerns, and it offers 37 programs to the public upon request. These programs run the gamut from watch programs (e.g., community, block, radio, Realtor) to safety programs (e.g., personal, child, senior citizen, bicycle, driving, holiday, gun, vacation, pool, Halloween). Prevention programs (e.g., rape and assault, D.U.I., carjacking) are also provided. The Community Services Unit currently operates and oversees several vibrant, continuing programs.
Additional opportunities within this unit include:
Criminal Investigation Unit
This section is comprised of several units or squads that are staffed by specially-trained investigators. These units include:
They are responsible for the investigation of major crimes ranging from burglary to homicide. Among their achievements are the conviction of Delaware's first serial killer, Stephen Pennell, and the apprehension of Delaware's first serial rapists, Michael Siple and Kevin Howard.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD)
Officers are trained by the FBI / Army Hazardous Devices School at Huntsville, Alabama, for a period of six weeks and then return to on-the-job training with in-service technicians. They respond to agency incidents and requests by other entities who may not have their own ordnance disposal support. The team's equipment includes response vehicles, robotics, imaging tools, and protective armor.
Mobile Enforcement Team (MET)
This unit deploys as needed to address crime trends, specific incidents and general quality of life issues that affect the communities served by the Division. The team will work closely with patrol, criminal investigations and the information and analysis unit to address and resolve community crime issues.
The New Castle County Police Department motorcycle function consists of four Harley-Davidson Road King Police Package motorcycles. These motorcycles are operated by officers from a range of different functions throughout the department and are primarily used for special events such as parades and escorts. The function began in 1993 when the department purchased the first group of motorcycles. Since that time they have been utilized in various events and capabilities including patrol duties. Officers selected to ride as part of the motorcycle function receive a 40-hour block of training from the Philadelphia Highway Patrol Division or equivalent.
Mounted Patrol Unit
Mounted Patrol Unit was formed in 1981 with a grant from Community Development and Housing (CD&H) in order to have a police presence in some of the communities funded by CD&H. The unit patrols communities and county parks, targeting those communities in need of special patrols. It also provides security details and represents the police department at special events.
Housed at Carousel Park, the Mounted Patrol is staffed by six full-time officers, four auxiliary riders, and eleven large draft horses. Training is extensive, and the unit is highly competitive, participating regularly in national competitions. The Clydesdales are "gentle giants" noted for their intelligence and excellent temperament - good qualities for a police horse.
Professional Development Unit
This unit is responsible for human resources, training, and the Police Academy. The Professional Development Unit is tasked with the hiring and training of new police officers as well as in-service training of existing officers. The department is required to provide 16 hours of training per year to every officer, but the average amount of training given is about forty hours. Every applicant for a position as an officer must pass a written examination and a physical fitness test in order to be placed on a rolling eligibility list for one year. If selected, the process continues with a polygraph examination and an extensive background investigation, leading to an appointment to the academy.
Research, Accreditation, Media, & Policy Unit (RAMP)
The Research, Accreditation, Media and Policy Unit (R.A.M.P.) is responsible for the maintenance of Accreditation Standards as required by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, CALEA. As such, the unit will inspect components within the Division of Police and the Department of Public Safety, to ensure compliance and accountability with CALEA standards. As policy updates are mandated by the Chief of Police or CALEA standards, the unit will coordinate the implementation of revisions to Directives and Internal Operating Procedures.
R.A.M.P. unit officers will market and promote the division in local and national publications by continuing to submit stories of public interest to various outlets with a refocus on social media. It is a goal of the unit to disseminate accurate and timely information on all matters of public interest.
Additionally, the Research, Accreditation, Media and Policy Unit, as deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police, responds to the complex changes within the Criminal Justice System by researching progressive technology, operational and administrative alternatives, drafting proposals, planning future programs, and consistently assisting with or directing the adjusting of policies within the Division of Police.
Special Weapons & Tactics Unit (SWAT)
This 30-member team consists of police officers and paramedics who have received specialized training and tactical equipment. The team is on-call 24/7 and is tasked with providing a safe resolution of critical incidents, including hostage rescue, barricaded subjects, high-risk warrant execution, VIP security, and civil disorders. The team works in conjunction with members of crisis negotiations, explosive ordinance disposal, and criminal investigations.
Additional opportunities within this unit:
Traffic Services Unit
The Traffic Services Unit investigates and reconstructs all incidents involving a fatality, serious injury, or a departmental vehicle involved in an accident with injuries. Trained personnel using a computer-aided program to accomplish the reconstruction of an accident. Traffic and accident data is analyzed and provided to other department personnel to enable the effective deployment of officers. The unit is also responsible for training officers in accident investigation, the use of radar, and drunk driving law enforcement. These officers also develop and present traffic safety programs to the public.
While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.
New Castle County is an equal opportunity employer
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