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Delaware State Police


Captain Michael A. Reader

The “First Troop in the First State” has been an icon, located at the top of Penny Hill since 1923. The fraternity of Penny Hillers has a rich history of tradition and outstanding public service. The forty-three troopers currently assigned to Troop 1 performed diligently during this past year to provide professional and compassionate public service to an increasingly diverse population. This diversity spans from Wilmington to Claymont, and Brandywine Hundred to Centreville. The patrol area also includes two interstate highways, as well as the Concord Pike corridor, which has become a regional Retail Mecca and the site of the world-wide headquarters for Astra Zeneca.

Captain Patrick Ogden was the commander of Troop 1 until his transfer to Troop 2-Criminal Investigation Unit in August. Under his leadership, Troop 1 continued to achieve traffic and criminal investigative excellence. His dedicated service to organized community groups in Claymont, Stockdale and Brandywine Hills enriched Troop 1’s reputation with the citizens we serve.

Throughout 2009, Captain Ogden and Troop 1 personnel took the lead in coordinating with the United States Secret Service for protection of Vice President Joseph R. Biden. A highlight of this effort was the Presidential Whistle Stop tour, which stopped at the Claymont Train Station on January 17, 2009 while in route to Washington, D.C. During the numerous Vice Presidential events in Delaware throughout 2009, Penny Hill Troopers provided distinguished service in security and motorcade functions.

Since the fall of 2003, Troop 1 crime fighting and prevention efforts have been directed by Lieutenant Michael Eisenhardt. He has targeted areas of high criminal activity and focused on repeat criminal offenders, all while maintaining vigilance on homeland security. Under Lt. Eisenhardt’s direction, the Troop 1 retail theft efforts were spearheaded by Corporal David May and Corporal John Day. During the calendar year, these Troopers investigated 467 complaints, arrested 281 suspects for a total of 729 criminal charges. They also recovered $79,643.20 in stolen property. The retail theft unit continued to be vital in forging relationships with our retail security partners.

Traffic Lieutenant Michael Reader assumed the highway safety reigns. The primary goal of enhancing law enforcement visibility along our roadways in an effort to deter aggressive driving and keep our law abiding citizens safe was formed. Lieutenant Reader oversaw numerous highway safety initiatives to include speed, seat belt and DUI checkpoints. A new resource for Troop 1 in 2009 was the service of Master Corporal Troy Pezzuto as a motorcycle unit. Along with the service of Senior Corporal Richard Deskis as the traffic enforcement unit, these two Troopers targeted traffic enforcement “hot spots” to reduce aggressive driving on Troop 1’s roadways. Highway safety was indeed a true team effort which included the Troop administration as well as cooperation from the road Troopers.

Troop 1 award winners were once again honored as the Troop enjoyed a night out at a Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game. The awards recipients were as follows: Troop 1’s Trooper of the year- TFC Robert Cassidy, Traffic Ace-TFC Donald Kukan, DUI Ace-, Corporal Doug MacDonald and Crime Fighting Ace-TFC Jeffrey Gliem.

Due to the hard work and professionalism of Troop 1 personnel, 2009 has proved to be a productive and successful year. The men and women of Penny Hill sincerely appreciate the active support of a concerned community in helping us to meet the challenges of the past year.

- Information obtained from 2009 DSP Annual Report -

Last Updated: Thursday, 16-Sep-2010 15:21:01 EDT
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