Chief Brown Promotes 14 Officers

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Staff Report

On Wednesday, March 2 the Milford Police Department held a special ceremony to celebrate the promotion of fourteen officers. Chief Kenneth Brown, who was selected by Milford City Council to lead the department in January after the retirement of Chief Keith Hudson, held the ceremony to honor Milford police officers that have earned the honor of moving through the ranks of the Milford Police Department. After Chief Brown introduced each officer and spoke about their career, family members were invited to the stage to pin a new badge on each officer.

Captain Gary Bailey – Captain Bailey began his career with the Milford Police Department in 1989 after serving with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for 9 years. Captain Bailey Has been a field training officer and a Certified Police Instructor. He was assigned to the K9 Unit, motorcycle unit, and to the community policing unit which he supervised as a Sergeant. He was the Liaison between the police department and the apartment housing managers within the city. He also has organized our National Night Out for several years. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on January 12, 2016 and is assigned as the Deputy Chief of Police.

Lieutenant Richard Jefferson – Lt. Richard Jefferson was hired on September 19, 1988 and was assigned to the patrol division. While in Patrol, Lt. Jefferson became very involved in Traffic Investigation and DUI enforcement. He was named to a special unit called the TEAR which stood for Traffic Enforcement Accident Reconstruction. He also served on a drug enforcement unit called the COBRA team, which was the predecessor to the Special Operations Group. He was also a field training officer, certified Police Instructor and served in the Motorcycle Unit. Lt. Jefferson was one of a few officers in the state to complete the FBI Leadership Development Courses called LEEDA. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 12, and supervises the Communications, Training, and Criminal Division.

Lieutenant David Wells – Lt. David Wells was hired on January 6, 1997 and assigned to the patrol division. Lt. Wells has been a field training officer as well as served on the special operations group and the motorcycle unit. He was the shift commander of D shift for eight years. Lt. Wells also serves the department as the liaison for the Office of Highway Safety, coordinating Special Traffic Enforcement initiatives such as pedestrian safety, Driving while texting or talking on Cellular Devices, seatbelt enforcement and DUI enforcement. He also served on the Fatal Accident Reconstruction unit. Lt. Wells was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 12 and supervises the Operations Division and Community Policing Unit.

Sergeant John Horsman – John Horsman – Sgt. Horsman began his career with the Frederica Police Department before coming to Milford in July of 2000. John completed his Field Training on Dec 5, 2000 and was assigned to the patrol division. In August of 2003 he was assigned as a full time drug detective. John spent 5 years assigned to the Drug Unit before transferring back to the patrol division. He was assigned to the Criminal investigation unit where he currently serves in Dec 2013. John is currently serving on the Special Operations Group, and as a Certified Police Instructor teaches taser, firearms, Use of Force, and a Certified Driving Instructor.

 

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Sergeant Robert Masten – Sgt Robert Masten came to the Milford Police Department in March of 2002 and graduated from the DSP academy in June 20 2002. He completed FTO on Sept 25th and began working in the patrol division. He became a member of of the Special Operations Group. On June 16, 2004 he was transferred to the Community Policing Division. During that assignment he completed training as a Master Public Information Officer and Field Training Instructor. He was assigned back to the Patrol Division in January 2008. He completed School Resource Officer Training and was assigned back to Community Policing as a School Resource Officer in November 2013. He currently serves as the Supervisor School Resource Officer at the Milford Senior High School.

Sergeant Dwight Young – Sgt.Dwight Young Also came to the Milford Police Department in 2002 and graduated from the DSP Academy in June of that year. He completed FTO on Dec 19, 2002 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. Dwight obtained certifications in evidence collection and crime scene processing from Sirche International and was assigned to the Detective Division in August of 2008. Sgt.Young has handled many felony level investigations including three homicides. He is also a master Public Information Officer and one of the Department’s Physical Fitness Instructors. With his promotion on January 12 of this year he was assigned back to Patrol as the Shift Commander of B Shift.

Sergeant Matthew Smith – Sgt. Matthew Smith Came to the Milford Police Department in July of 2002 and graduated 5 days before Christmas of that year. He Completed FTO on July 23, 2003 and was assigned to the patrol Division. Matthew completed certifications in Fatal Accident Investigation and was our resident Gang Intelligence Expert. He is a member of the Special Operations Group. He also is certified in Clandestine Lab Awareness. In August of 2014 he was selected to a School Resources Officer Position and served the students and Staff at Milford Central Academy. He Currently serves as the Shift Commander of D Shift in the patrol division.

Sergeant Timothy Lord – Sgt Timothy Lord came to us from the Selbyville Police Department, just days before Christmas in 2003. He graduated from the State Police Academy in 2001. He completed his Field Training on March 1 2004 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. Sgt. Lord worked extensively with Operation Check Point in state wide DUI enforcement and became the one of the department’s Physical Fitness Instructor and a Field Training Instructor. In January 2008, he was assigned to the Drug investigation Unit where he served until January 12,2016 when he was transferred to the Patrol Division as the Shift Commander of A Shift. Pinning Sgt.

Coporal Theresa Bloodsworth – Pfc.Theresa Bloodsworth came to the Milford Police Department August 9, 1999 graduating from the Delaware State Police Academy on Sept 5 1996. She was formerly employed at the Clayton Police Department. Pfc.Bloodsworth served with the Department as a patrol officer until her appointment to a School Resources Officer Position in 2014. Pfc. Bloodsworth is certified in Hostage Negotiation and served that role for the Department under an assistance contract with the Dover Police Department. Additionally, Pfc. Bloodsworth served as a community Liasion with the First State Force Band, a rock and roll band made up entirely of police officers at the direction of then Attorney General The Honorable M. Jane Brady. Pfc. Bloodsworth is being promoted to the rank of Corporal of the Milford police Department and will remain assigned to the Community Policing Division as a School Resource Officer at the Elementary Schools of Mispillion, Ross, Banneker and Morris Early Childhood Center.

Coporal Tiffany Wyatt – Pfc.Tiffany Wyatt was hired by the Milford Police Department on March 21 2005. She Graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in July of 2005 and after completing her field training in November of that same year was assigned to the patrol division. Pfc.Wyatt is a certified Field Training Officer, a Master Public Information Officer and is certified in Rail Grade Crossing accident investigations. Pfc.Wyatt has represented the members of the Milford Police Department as a Union Negotiator in several contract negotiations. She is being promoted to the rank of Corporal of the Milford Police Department and will remain assigned in the patrol division as an assistant shift commander.

Coporal Timothy Webb – Pfc.Timothy Webb graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy on February 19, 2004 and came to the Milford Police Department on September 17 2007 from the Camden Police Department. He completed his Field Training with the Milford Police Department on November 7 2007 and was assigned to the patrol division. While in patrol, Pfc.Webb gained certification as a hostage negotiator and was a member of the special operations group. On January 7, 2012, Pfc.Webb was assigned to the K9 Division where he underwent National Certification with his K9 Henk in patrol, Drug Detection and Tactical use of K9’s. Pfc.Webb also represents the members of the Milford Police Department as a Union Shop Steward and contract negotiator. He is being promoted to the rank of Corporal of the Milford Police Department and will remain assigned to the K9 Division.

Coporal Shawn Brittingham – Pfc Shawn Brittingham graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy on May 22, 2003 and began his career with the Georgetown Police Department where he was a Certified K9 Handler and member of their swat team. On May 26 2011, Pfc.Brittingham made the decision to come to Milford. He completed his Field Training on July 5, 2011 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. Pfc. Brittingham is a certified Police Instructor, Certified Field Training Officer, and a member of our Special Operations Group holding a highly specialized position on the team. He is being promoted to the rank of Corporal of the Milford Police Department and will remain assigned to the patrol division.

Coporal Kirk Marino – Pfc.Kirk Marino began his career at the Delaware State Police Academy on June 17 2004 for the Georgetown Police Department. He came to Milford Police Department on February 21, 2012. He Completed his field training on April 6, 2012 and was assigned to the patrol division. Pfc.Marino is a certified Firearms Instructor, Radar Instructor, Field Training Instructor, and K9 handler. In August of 2015, Pfc.Marino asked to return to K-9 duties and was assigned to the K9 division where he attended Wilmington Police Departments certification to become a nationally certified K9 Handler in Patrol and drug detection with his K9 Partner Audie. They just graduated last week. Pfc.Marino is being promoted to the rank of Corporal and will remain assigned to the K9 Division.

Coporal Ryan Christie – Pfc.Ryan Christie began his career at the Delaware State Police Academy on February 7, 2012 as a recruit with the Milford Police Department. He graduated on September 25, 2012 and completed his field training program on December 9, 2012. Pfc.Christie is a certified School Resource Officer and currently holds the position of an assistant Shift Commander on A shift. He is also a Field Training Officer. Pfc.Christie is being promoted to the rank of Corporal and will remain assigned to the Patrol Division.