Sergeant Darren Lester
The purpose of the Delaware State Police Legislative Liaison Office is to serve as a liaison between the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Delaware’s elected officials of the legislative and executive branches. There are eleven (11) divisions within the DSHS which includes the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Council for Person with Disabilities, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Highway Safety, the Delaware Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, the Division of Communications, the Capitol Police Department, Division of Forensic Science and the Division of State Police. The Legislative Liaison Office helps prepare legislation and answers questions the Governor’s Office, members of the General Assembly, and representatives from other Delaware departments may have in regard to legislation which impacts any of the Department’s divisions. The Legislative Liaison Office also handles constituent relation questions brought to it by Legislators.
During the most recent legislative session, the 148th General Assembly 1st session, the Division was fortunate to have the support of the Governor and legislators which resulted in the passage of the following bills that were of significant benefit to the Division.
SB #41 – Bill gives state law enforcement agencies the ability to prosecute those who aim the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.
HB #191 & HB #192 – Acts establish that municipal and county governments may pass ordinances regulating the possession of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, and explosives in county and municipal buildings and police stations.
SB #69 – Bill requires ATV operators less than 18 years of age to wear a helmet and operate an ATV without passengers.
SB #6 – Bill increases the penalty for committing terroristic threatening that causes evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation from a class G felony to a class E felony.
- Information obtained from 2015 DSP Annual Report -