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Detainment Powers Reinstated for Sussex County Sheriff's Office

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Sussex County Sheriff Robert T. Lee Sussex County Sheriff Robert T. Lee
GEORGETOWN, Del.- The Sussex County Sheriff's Office now has the power to take custodial detention of lawbreakers.

Sussex County Sheriff Robert T. Lee said during former Sheriff Eric Swanson's administration, deputies in Sussex were able to detain citizens throughout the course of the work day. After Swanson's administration, these privileges were revoked for unknown reasons, according to Lee.

After winning the election in November, Lee said it would be important to have these limited arrest and detainment powers back. Lee explains it is similar to a court officer.

“It's just another tool of our job performance, like a car, a pen, a GPS to tell you where you're going,” Lee said.

Lee approached the Constables Board and was able to have these powers approved after taking office in the fall. These powers became effective Jan. 7.

In Delaware, sheriffs and deputies traditionally conduct foreclosure sales and deliver court papers.

In December 2011, former Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who took office after Swanson, repeatedly pushed for the state of Delaware to allow county sheriffs to have arrest powers but hit several roadblocks that kept him from achieving his goal. 
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