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DELAWARE STATE POLICE TROOP 3




Captain Galen Purcell

Delaware State Police Troop 3 is located on US Route 13A between Woodside and Camden. Currently commanded by Captain Galen M. Purcell, Troop 3 consists of 89 sworn officers and three civilians. Troop 3 is the only troop in Kent County and houses both uniform troopers and criminal detectives. Out of the 628 square miles in Kent County, Troop 3 provides police services to 595 square miles, the largest of all state police troops. The population of Kent County is 155,000 people. As with all Delaware State Police troops, Troop 3 is a full-service police agency. A significant change that occurred during 2009 in the Troop Administration was Captain Robert C. Hawkins transferring to another position within the DSP in November. Captain Hawkins served as the Troop 3 Commander for over seven years, and his service to the citizens of Kent County is greatly appreciated.

On a yearly basis, Troop 3 supports the operations of the Delaware State Fair, the NASCAR races at Dover Downs International Speedway, and the Dover Air Force Base Air Shows along with the community events “Safe Summer Day” at Brecknock Park and “Delaware Night Out” in Camden.

The Troop 3 Patrol Section is under the command of Lt. Josh A. Bushweller. The Patrol Section includes four shifts, each supervised by a sergeant. In addition to the four shifts, there is a two-person Direct Response Unit. During 2009 the Patrol Section made 16,081 traffic arrests, 496 DUI arrests, 5,294 criminal arrests, and handled a total of 24,298 complaints. Three troopers are assigned to the Crash Reconstruction Unit (CRU). In 2009, 14 fatal crashes were handled by CRU.

The patrol section is most proud of the significant reductions accomplished in the fatal crash arena. Analysis of the Troop’s fatal statistics for the calendar year 2009 has yielded significant decreases in two categories; number of fatal crashes and number of persons killed.

Specifically, Troop 3 observed a 26% reduction in the number of fatal crashes from ‘08 to ‘09 by reducing them from 19 to 14. More importantly, the men and woman of Troop 3 were able to reduce the loss of life by 37.5%. The number killed from ‘08 to ‘09 on DSP patrolled roads in Kent County decreased from 24 to 15. Coupled with the decline in fatal statistics, Troop 3 also experienced a numerical reduction in all crash related categories.

The Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU), under the command of Lt. James P. Fraley, consists of twenty four detectives who are assigned to several units including Major Crimes, Property Crimes, Domestic Violence, Fraud, Youth Aid, and the Evidence Detection Unit. In 2009, the CIU handled 2,681 cases and made 4,297 arrests. The Drug Task Force and Governor’s Task Force were commanded by Lt. Brian Fitzpatrick. These Units made 2,955 criminal arrests and 295 traffic arrests. Unit members seized 84,951 grams of marijuana, 725 grams of cocaine, 301 grams of crack, $80,247 in cash, 47 guns and 20 other weapons.

Of the many incidents handled by Troop 3 during 2009, several cases stand out. In April, members of the Troop 3 Drug Task Force completed a several month investigation resulting in the seizure of 112 pounds of marijuana, digital scales, and packing materials. Previous to this seizure, the Drug Task Force had seized $75,000 in cash from the same suspect. The defendant was eventually arrested for trafficking over 100 pounds of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy second degree.

In July, the Troop 3 motorcycle Directed Response Unit (DRU) came into being with the delivery of two new motorcycles funded by the Kent County Levy Court. The unit consists of two full time Troopers who focus primarily on traffic enforcement on Kent County highways. The DRU also assists greatly in numerous escorts, including those for fallen soldiers and other personnel killed in the line of duty overseas.

The Kent County Crime Watch Association completed its ninth year and is still going strong. There are currently over 28 communities active in the association, and anyone interested in starting a crime watch in their neighborhood is encouraged to contact Troop 3. One crime watch member, Mr. Bailey, was awarded a Medal of valor by the Kent County Levy Court for his assistance in the arrest of a dangerous drug dealer.

In September, the Troop 3 Drug Task Force completed a year long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the Frederica area. The result of the investigation was thirteen individuals being arrested for numerous drug charges, as well as the seizure of 32.5 grams of crack cocaine, 101 grams of marijuana, two vehicles, $6,500 in cash, and three handguns.

For 2009 the Troop 3 award winners were:

Trooper of the Year
Corporal Matthew Addonizio

Detective of the Year
Detective Mark Csapo

Special Investigations Investigator of the Year
Detective Jeremiah Lloyd

As in past years, the men and women of the Delaware State Police Troop 3 look forward to serving the citizens of Kent County and the State of Delaware.

- Information obtained from 2009 DSP Annual Report -

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-Jul-2010 10:59:16 EDT
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