WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Looking south at Sheriff Christopher situation, New Castle County Council balks at NCC Sheriff's "constable" plan

It's always interesting how downstate psychology affects upstate psychology or vice-versa.

In this case, New Castle County Council members - eying Sheriff Jeff Christopher's situation in Sussex County - balked at passing NCC Sheriff Trinidad Navarro's plan to have his people commissioned as constables.

Plainly, members of Council feared they might unintentionally convert Navarro's deputies into law-enforcement officers, and consequently run afoul of an opinion from Delaware Attorney-General Beau Biden's office, and a law Governor Markell signed this summer.

New Castle County Council tabled the issue. Navarro will try to address the concerns (and fears) of Council members.

But, given this political climate, why would Navarro seek such a change in classification? Aren't his folks already doing what they're supposed to be doing?

Listen to my interview with Sheriff Navarro and you decide whether any chance is necessary...

Audio Here

Posted at 6:54pm on September 19, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 9:07pm
Why can't the politicians leave the sheriff and police departments alone and let them do their jobs?

In Cecil County, the sheriff's department has the same powers as the New Castle County police, probably because there are no county police. They even do traffic stops in a parallel universe with the Maryland state police. So what's the fuss? Do the county police fear competition?

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