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Delaware State Police


Captain Sean E. Moriarity

The jurisdiction of Delaware State Police Troop 4, located on US Route 113 in Georgetown, encompasses a 335 square mile service area, covering the south central and eastern corridor of Sussex County. Troop 4 houses criminal investigators, Governor’s Task Force, the Sussex Drug Unit, as well as uniformed patrol personnel. The criminal investigation units are responsible for investigating all significant and/or serious crimes committed throughout the entire county. The Drug Unit and Governor’s Task Force concentrate on quality of life issues prevalent in many communities throughout the county.

During 2009, Troop 4 was staffed by 79 sworn personnel comprised of patrol officers, criminal investigators, School Resource Officers, Governor’s Task Force members, Drug Unit members, Community Liaison Officer and administrators. Five civilian personnel were also assigned to the troop.

In 2009, Sussex County’s population continued to increase, resulting in a proportionate increase in demands for police services by Troop 4 personnel. Troop 4 patrol troopers continued to be at the forefront of several proactive law enforcement initiatives. During 2009, patrol personnel made 11,578 traffic arrests and 340 driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs arrests. Additionally, patrol troopers handled 11,467 traffic and criminal complaints and made 1,768 criminal arrests. Troop 4’s criminal investigators made 4,087 criminal arrests and recovered approximately $175,148.00 worth of stolen property. Troop 4 personnel continued to solve crime and produce outstanding clearance rates, which far surpassed the national averages in both major crimes and property crimes. Detectives investigated over 2,000 cases in 2009.

Troop 4 was instrumental in developing the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in Sussex County. Since the mid 1990’s, this program has positively impacted the lives of children and their families, by addressing concerns at pivotal and developmental ages. In 2009, Troop 4 had two School Resource Officers assigned to the Indian River School District. SRO and Youth Aid Division members were also responsible for security during the Senior League Girls World Series Softball Tournament held in August at the Lower Sussex Little League complex located in Roxana. Teams from across the country, as well as, from Canada, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines were in attendance.

Members of the Governor’s Task Force (GTF) continued to serve the entire Sussex County community, working closely with the Sussex Drug Unit. During 2009, these units seized firearms, currency and a significant quantity of illegal drugs destined for area communities. Through their combined efforts, the units handled 595 cases and made a total of 1,808 criminal arrests. They seized 1,012 grams of cocaine, 856 grams of crack cocaine, 2 grams of heroin, and 129,260 grams of marijuana. Additionally, these teams seized $102,943.00 in suspected drug proceeds. The units worked in known high drug and crime areas, and were called upon to assist with several significant multi-jurisdictional crime sweeps. In August of 2009, a seven month narcotics racketeering investigation involving the distribution of crack cocaine culminated with the arrest of the main supplier to the Lewes and Pinetown area. This joint investigation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency resulted in the arrests of seventeen individuals for narcotics distribution, racketeering and weapons related charges.

Numerous troopers were recognized for their outstanding performance both at the troop and division level during the year. Patrol officers honored in recognition of their productivity and exemplary investigative efforts were Cpl/2 Derek Cathell, Cpl.Todd Buchert, TFC. India Sturgis and TFC. Dannaile Rementer. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Awards were earned by Cpl/2 Andrew Partyka and Cpl. Todd Buchert.

Troop 4 continued its longstanding tradition of facilitating Division programs at Camp Barnes. From its inception in 1947, the camp has provided deserving youth with the opportunity to experience life at a traditional summer camp, with the hope of reducing and eliminating juvenile crime and delinquency. During the summer of 2009, under the direction of Master Corporal Randy Ramirez, 360 children between the ages of 10-13 were able to attend the camp free of charge. The camp season runs for six weeks and is staffed by troopers from throughout the state. In July, the 37th Annual Camp Barnes Stock Car Race was held at Delmar International Speedway. The race committee is spearheaded by School Resource Officer Preston Lewis. The race raised $42,695.00 for Camp Barnes and featured drivers from several states.

Troop 4 personnel continue to maintain steadfast in their commitment to the Delaware State Police mission of “providing the citizens and visitors of Delaware with professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services.” The year proved to be very productive for both patrol and criminal investigative units and the men and women at Troop 4 look forward to the many new challenges they face during the upcoming year.

- Information obtained from 2009 DSP Annual Report -

Last Updated: Thursday, 16-Sep-2010 15:23:01 EDT
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