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New Castle County Police

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New Castle County Police
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Rural Police Force[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNew Castle County, USA
Size494 square miles (1,280 km2)[3]
General nature
  • Civilian police
HeadquartersNew Castle, Delaware

Auxiliary Riders (Mounted Patrol Unit)s4[6]
Agency executive
  • Vaughn M. Bond, Jr., Colonel[7]

The New Castle County Police Department (NCCPD) is part of the New Castle County Department of Public Safety under the name of Division of Police[8], The Main Police Force of New Castle County, Delaware and 2nd Largest Police Force in the State of Delaware with 400 Officers; only behind the Delaware State Police who have a force of 847 [9]. On top of the 400 Officers the Mounted Patrol Unit Staffs 11 Large Draft Clydesdales Horses, and 4 Auxiliary Riders[10]. The NCCPD also runs recreation centers named the Police Athletic League as part of their Community Outreach Objective.[11]. The NCCPD's Motto is Excellence in Policing and is displayed on all Vehicles in Script Lettering[12]


Today's New Castle County Police Department is deeply rooted in the history of our County. In 1911 County officials authorized the hiring of two officers to form what was then called the Rural Police Force, these officers were assigned policing duties in Christiana and Brandywine hundreds they also served as crossing guards and were paid two dollars per day. From 1913 until 1935 the county also had a County Highway Patrol which was not associated with The Rural Police Force. From the 1930s through the 1950s the need for more policing in the county's growing suburban areas led to the expansion of the rural Police Department. In 1965 state laws established new rules governing police departments and the New Castle County Police Department officially came into existence. In 1967 New Castle County adopted a County Council form of government; this let the role of the New Castle County Police Department to be expanded. Over the last four decades the New Castle County Police Department has grown into a police agency that provide many more services from the beginning days of the Rural Police Force; from managing the 911 Call Dispatch Center to the k-9 and Mounted Police Units to the Criminal Investigation Units. In 1988 the New Castle County police was the 88th agency nationwide to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for law enforcement agencies the County police have since passed several RIA credit Asian inspections and remain fully accredited by the Commission.[13]

NCCPD Units[edit]

Administrative Office

  • Police Academy
  • Public Information Office
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Records Unit
  • Supply and Evidence Unit

Community Services Unit

  • Senior Roll Call Lifeline

Criminal Investigation Unit

  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Cold Case Squad
  • Victim Assistance

Police Athletic League

  • Garfield Park PAL
  • Hockessin PAL

Professional Development Unit

Special Operations Units

  • Drug Enforcement Squad
  • Mounted Patrol Unit
  • Traffic Services Unit

Uniformed Operations

  • Police Patrol
  • Prisoner Information


Since the New Castle County Police was formed in 1965 replacing the Rural Police Force they have had the same uniform.The uniform consists of a: Velcro Strap Bullet Proof Vest worn under a Brown Dress Shirt w/ the NCCPD Logo located at the top of both sleeves, below that is the Insignia corresponding to the rank of the Officer which is also on both sides of the shirt. At the wrist of theshirt are 2 gold buttons on both sides. The Front Left Side of the Shirt has the officers Gold Badge with their Badge Number, below the Badge is a pocket where the Officers Pen & Notepad are located. The Front Right Side of the Shirt has the Officers Name Tag, below the Name Tag is another pocket. A Grey Tie is also worn by theOfficers. The Pants are Grey colored with a Thick Yellow Stripe down both sides of the Pants; Pants are worn with a Black Belt that is covered up by the Officers Duty Belt. The Duty Belt of NCCPD Officers holds their: Glock 45, Handcuffs, Keys, Pepper Spray & some Officers also carry a Taser and/or their Phone on a Case Holder attached to the Belt. Officers wear Black Dress Shoes (Except for the Mounted Police who wear Black Knee High Boots). Hats worn are Brown with a rim along the entire Hat, 4 indents on the top of the Hat for holding when it is not on, a Gold Rope around the hat, & a NCCPD Logo in Gold on the Front of the Hat.


The NCCPD use 4 Main Vehicles. The 3 Main Patrol Cars are the SUV Chevrolet Tahoe,the Four-Door Sedan Ford Crown Victoria which are being phased out for the newer Chevrolet Caprice.The other Main Vehicle used is the Crew Cab Chevrolet Silverado which is used Exclusively by the Mounted Police Unit to transport the Trailer that holds the Horses. The Colors of the Vehicles for the: Ford Crown Victoria, Chevrolet Caprice, & Chevrolet Silverado are White in Color, Both Sides of the Vehicles feature a: Gold Stripe, Dial 9-1-1, The NCCPD Logo, & the Motto Excellence in Policing in Script Lettering. The Ford Crown Victoria & Chevrolet Silverado have Script Writing that reads New Castle County Police but also included on the Chevrolet Silverado is the words Mounted Patrol in Block Lettering. The Chevrolet Caprice reads POLICE New Castle County in Block Lettering. The Chevrolet Tahoe is Navy Blue in Color, Both Sides of the Vehicles feature a: Gold Stripe, Dial 9-1-1, The NCCPD Logo, & the Motto Excellence in Policing in Script Lettering. Unique to the Tahoe is that the other 3 Vehicles use Standard Silver Rims, but the Tahoe uses Black Rims. The Chevrolet Tahoe & Caprice feature a Ram Bar, something the Silverado and Crown Victoria do not and that can be useful in situations such as PIT maneuver during a Car Chase.

Ranks in The NCCPD[edit]

Title Details
Chief of Police Leader of New Castle County Police
Deputy Chief of Police Second in Command in the New Castle County Police
Police Major Unit Commander
Police Captain Sub Units Commander
Senior Police Lieutenant Commander of Police Sub Stations
Police Lieutenant Police Sub Stations Units Commander
Senior Police Sergeant Commander of Special Road Units
Police Sergeant Commander of Road Units
Police Officer Road Unit Patrol Officer



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  9. USDOJ Statistics
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  12. "NCCPD Chevrolet Caprice". Police Car Website. NCCPD.
  13. "NCCPD History". Youtube. NCCPD.
  14. "Title Rank Description Revision". NCCPD. NCCPD.

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