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The Formation, Development and Work of the Delaware State Police: A Teacher's Guide
Delaware State Police History
The Formation, Development and Work of the Delaware State Police: A Teacher’s Guide
CHAPTER ONE, titled PRECEDENTS is about natural law and law enforcement as it was in prehistoric societies and the earliest legal and ethical codes of ancient civilizations ; The Code Of Hammurabi, The Ten Commandments, Greek law and the Laws Of Twelve Tables, the foundation of the Roman Republic. It describes how English Common Law came to be and how the American Colonies and then the United States of America adopted its tenets. Finally, Chapter One explains the importance of the formation of the Pennsylvania State Police and how that agency affected the establishment of similar departments around the country including the Delaware State Police.
CHAPTERS TWO, THREE and FOUR address the department’s development through the 1920s, the Depression and World War Two. Law enforcement methods and equipment changed dramatically in the early decades of the DSP. Charles Hughes was a motorcycle patrolman from 1942 until 1962. His recollections from an interview conducted on June 25, 2001 are in Chapter Four. Chapter Four also includes the details of a case from the late forties that received national attention, The Lonely Hearts Murders.
The final three chapters of the book continue to portray the evolution of the force through accounts of the most important cases and incidents of the last half of the twentieth century: de-segregation and school integration, the riots in Wilmington in 1968 and the Pennell serial murder case.
THE FORMATION, DEVELOPMENT AND WORK OF THE DELAWARE STATE POLICE: A TEACHER’S GUIDE was extensively researched. This research, supported by interviews with retired state police troopers and officers with first hand knowledge of the events and cases described make this book a valuable source of Delaware history.