DELAWARE STATE POLICE TROOP 1
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