DELAWARE STATE POLICE TROOP 9
Captain Paul Smentkowski
Troop 9, located in Odessa’s historic district, has been proudly
serving the southern portion of New Castle County since 1971.
Troopers assigned to Troop 9 continue their dedicated service to the
citizens and visitors of southern New Castle County. Troop 9 is
responsible for well over 200 square miles of patrol area, extending
from the Kent County line to about half way between the C & D Canal
and US 40. Patrol coverage also includes all of State Route 1 in New
Castle County and the Christiana Mall.
Enveloping the Middletown/Odessa/Townsend area, Troop 9’s territory
is one of continued growth. With this growth has come additional
traffic and crime. In 2009, staffing included an average of 30
uniformed troopers, three administrators, and two civilian staff
members. First line supervision is key to the success of any
organization. The supervision and leadership provided by Sergeants
Bond, McCarthy, Parks, Nefosky, and Samis enabled personnel to meet
the mission of the Delaware State Police.
Troop 9 has maintained SR 1 and the 896/301 corridor as areas of
priority enforcement, along with a number of primary rural
thoroughfares. Troopers are responsible for the security of critical
infrastructure along Delaware Route 9, the four bridges crossing the
C&D Canal, and the Christiana Mall.
Troop 9 personnel managed 16,399 service calls in 2009, a five
percent increase over 2008. Troop 9 personnel were committed to
addressing the aggressive driver in 2009. With a partnership with
the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, efforts focused on the major
thoroughfares including State Route, the 896/301 corridor and
several routes in the southwestern portion of the county. During
2009, troopers generated a total of 14,129 traffic arrests,
including 9,641 aggressive driving related arrests and 253 DUI
arrests. There was a 2% increase in the total crashes from the
previous year including two additional fatal crashes in the Troop 9
service Area. Troopers made a total of 1,125 criminal arrests. These
totals were the result of individual contributions, shift teamwork,
and various operations throughout the year.
Exemplary performances by individuals at Troop 9 throughout the year
contributed to the cumulative outstanding results. TFC Nicholas
Shovlin was Troop 9’s top traffic performer. Cpl/3 Raymond Shatley
was Troop 9’s top seatbelt enforcer. TFC. Robert Downer, Cpl/1
Leonard Aguilar and Cpl. Thomas Gaul were Troop 9’s top DUI
enforcers. Cpl/1 Sean O’Leary, TFC Robert Downer, Cpl. Antoine
Deloach, TFC James Agnor and TFC Nicholas Shovlin were Troop 9’s top
Many of the initiatives and operations throughout 2009 were
successful because of community involvement. The Troop 9
administration has remained active in Odessa and Townsend, reporting
on criminal and traffic enforcement monthly at town council
meetings, and availing themselves for questions, remarks or
problem-solving. Participating in these meetings has continued a
strong rapport with town officials and has affirmed the
approachability of the Delaware State Police to the town citizens.
As the community continues to grow, the dedicated men and women of
Troop 9 will adapt to the area’s needs for service with pride,
loyalty, excellence, and professionalism.
obtained from 2009 DSP Annual Report -
Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-Jul-2010 11:34:24 EDT