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 -