History of the Department

Dewey Beach Town Hall - Police Department (1983-1997)

Chief Karl M. Klink Jr. (Chief of Police From 1983-1992)

Chief Raymond P. Morrison Jr. (Chief of Police From 1992-2002) No Photo Available

Chief Gordon E. Elliott

On July 4, 1981, former Governor Pierre DuPont signed the Bill of Incorporation and Dewey Beach became a town with its own government. A police force was formed with a staff from the patrol company that had been working for the unincorporated town, and some of the businesses in town. Secondhand uniforms were purchased, and a brand new radio system was installed. The State Police and adjacent towns loaned radar units, firearms, radios, equipment, and provided much help and advice. The parking operation, with personnel, radios, regulations and necessary tickets was assembled and up and running by Memorial Day weekend in 1982. In the beginning there was no Town Hall as such. Later a one-room small building became available and the Town Clerk and Police Department shared it, this building is where the East of Maui now stands. By late 1983, the Town leased a former rental cottage with an option to buy, with the provision that the first years lease price could be deducted from the purchase price. The Town did purchase the building the next year with cash from the general revenue and a $ 35,000 loan. As the town was further organized, the highlights of the 1983-1985 period were: classification of the Town's ordinances, and comprehensive parking ordinances, the leasing of their first new police car, and approval for an Alderman Court. In 1988 the staff of the police force was increased. A police-monitoring program was established in 1992 to curb loud and disorderly activity. During this time, more parking officers were hired. In September 1997 the Town of Dewey Beach demolished the rental cottage and rebuilt a more modern facility. In March 1998 the Dewey Beach Police Department moved into the new facility.

Dewey Beach Town Hall - Police Department (1998-Present)

The agency is currently under the direction of Chief Sam Mackert, a veteran of the department since 1989. The Dewey Beach Police Department currently has 8 full time sworn officers, 3 part time sworn officers, and 3 support staff. The agency handles approximately 2,586 calls for service each year across an area of 21 blocks long by 2 blocks wide.

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The Dewey Beach Police Department is located at 105 Rodney Avenue.

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Last Updated 04/19/2002