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Frankford and Dagsboro Consider Unifying Police Departments

Posted: 08/10/2017 18:03:00 -04:00 Updated:

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - The towns of Frankford and Dagsboro may soon join their police forces.

The towns have shared a department in the past, and Dagsboro police chief Floyd Toomey said he was inspired to propose another unification after Frankford's lone officer recently resigned. 

"We will still maintain sovereignty of the two departments, just with a singular chain of command or singular leadership," says Toomey. "[The officers] would be jointly sworn in both towns."

Toomey's plan asks that Frankford hire two officers so there would be six officers in total. Toomey says that will allow for 24/7 coverage.

"In today's society, crime doesn't stop. They don't look at the clock," he says. "As a matter of fact, most of your criminals are coming out at night depending upon the type of activity they're doing. So it's almost imperative in today's world."

Toomey says the officers would wear Dagsboro's grey uniform, and have a badge of each town on each shoulder. Toomey would serve as the police chief for both towns. Frankford Town Treasurer Marty Presley says the unification would ease the administrative burden on his town, but at a cost.

"It's going to be increasing our costs if we were to go this route because we would be required to hire two police officers and also join the state pension plan for police officers," he says. "So its a significant cost factor for us." 

Presley says no official decisions have been made; this is just an idea in its infancy. He says the next step is to hear what the people have to say.

"What we've decided to do is have a couple public hearings, engage both towns' residents and see if they are interested in doing this," he says. "Then figure out...how to fit it into our budget."

Toomey says if the unification occurs, all officer salaries will be aligned and raised to the highest possible denominator to keep compatible to surrounding jurisdictions. 

 

 

 

 

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