Dagsboro and Frankford Hold Public Meetings on Potential Police - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Dagsboro and Frankford Hold Public Meetings on Potential Police Unification

Posted: 09/13/2017 15:48:00 -04:00 Updated:

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Two Sussex County towns are one step closer to potentially unifying their police departments.

Dagsboro and Frankford are considering operating as one police force. The towns are now in the process of gaining public feedback before any more action takes place. Frankford hosting a public workshop on Tuesday evening and Dagsboro is hosting one Wednesday night. Frankford Town Treasurer says it's important to get residents' opinions.

"It's a long term commitment. It's a big financial commitment," he says. "Everybody really needs to know whats going on."

If the towns decide to unify departments, Frankford will be required to hire a second officer, whereas now they have only budgeted for one. Presley says that will cost them $65,000, or roughly 15 percent of their gross revenue. He says it's a big burden on a town still financially reeling. 

"It's a lot of money and [...] we are going with the loss of revenue from Mountaire disconnecting from the water system," he says. "That's continuing to haunt us and will probably haunt us for decades to come."

Presley says despite the cost, policing is one of the primary responsibilities of a municipality, so the need must be acknowledged too. Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey says the unification would be a big win for both towns. 

"We would definitely increase our policing at least two folds for Dagsboro and three folds for Frankford," he says. "The lapse of coverage would be minimal at worst."

Toomey says the unification would provide 20-22 hour coverage of the towns, with officers overlapping shifts. He says that man power allows them to fight more crime, and it's needed.

"We have a very serious epidemic of heroin...and we are at the forefront of combating that," he says. "[Additionally] the other crimes that are associated with drug use--thefts, burglaries, assaults, that type of thing--we would be more available. We would have more resources and we could combat them a lot more effectively."

Wednesday's meeting is at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department located at 28331 Clayton St. It begins at 7 p.m. After the meetings, the towns will decide if they will be proceeding with the potential unification. Presley says Frankford's Town Council could vote as soon as their next meeting. 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Police ID Somerset County Murder Victim

    Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    09/24/2017 21:18:00 -04:002017-09-25 01:18:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:39:27 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
  • Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    09/25/2017 07:08:00 -04:002017-09-25 11:08:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 7:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 11:26:38 GMT
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who police say broke into a Coverdale area home Sunday night.More
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who detectives say broke into a home in the Coverdale area east of Bridgeville on Sunday night.More
  • Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    09/25/2017 08:17:00 -04:002017-09-25 12:17:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 12:26:26 GMT
    Video surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State PoliceVideo surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices