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Delaware State Police Museum

The museum is open to the public and we invite you to stop by and visit us.

Scene of the Crime

The State Police investigate and solve crimes throughout the State of Delaware.

The Delaware State Police was founded in 1923

Here you'll find 10 decades of State Police history.

1946 Ford 2 Door Coupe

On display at the museum along side a 1941 Ford 2 Door Coupe.

Delaware State Police Helicopter

The helicopters are used for police and paramedic services.

Trooper Dan

Trooper Dan is an integral part of our outreach to the community youth.

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes who was taken in the month of April

Delaware State Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Book

Click here to view the Memorial Tribute to our Fallen Heroes.
Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice - their life.

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Sandra Marie WagnerRibbonDelaware State Police Fallen Hero Trooper Sandra Marie Wagner
1968-1996
Sandra M. Wagner, 28, is the first female State Trooper to die in the line of duty. She was killed on April 5, 1996, when she pulled her police vehicle onto the path of a tractor-trailer on Delaware Route 404 in Bridgeville, apparently intent on stopping a speeding motorist. Trooper Wagner was just two hours into her third solo shift. Her Troop Commander at Troop 5, Bridgeville, spoke in measured tones, “Self motivated, organized, prepared, intelligent, all of the traits of a good cop, she had ‘em all. Trooper Wagner wasn’t going to be a good trooper, she was a good trooper.” Governor Thomas Carper said, in a statement issued from his office, “Only a few months ago, I shook her hand at (recruit) graduation…She was filled with the determination and hope of a new state police officer…Little did she know that she would end up sacrificing her life… I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends, and colleagues.” Trooper Sandra Wagner once said of herself, “I knew I always wanted to do something to help people and society, but I wasn’t sure what it was, but I did know that I did not want to sit at a desk the rest of my life.” As a member of the Delaware State Police she was about to fulfill that prophecy, unfortunately it was cut short. She was laid to rest for eternity on April 10, 1996 at the All Saints Cemetery. “Sandi” Wagner is survived by her mother, Patricia; her father and stepmother, Joseph and Betty Wagner; sisters, Candace and Kristen; stepsister and stepbrother, Denise and Dennis Risner; paternal grandmothers, Ruth Bruce and Myra Wagner; and maternal grandparents, Milton and Helen Znovena. Trooper Thomas Carver, a classmate, synopsized the tragedy stating, “There’s a feeling of being invulnerable, feeling on top of the world. This really has brought us all right back to earth real quick.” (Photo Gallery)

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Delaware State Police Fallen Hero Trooper Harold B. RupertHarold B. RupertRibbon
1928-1962
Harold B. Rupert was born on March 26, 1928 to Harold and Catherine Rupert in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was one of three children, his siblings being Katherine Sudduth and Garrison Rupert. In 1946 he graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In November 1948, he married the former Abigail Piper. During the Korean War he re-enlisted in the Marine Corps. Upon the completion of his tour of duty; he returned to Delaware and found employment with the DuPont Company. While working at the DuPont Company, Harold continually dreamed of becoming a Delaware State Trooper. During his youth, one of his role models was his Uncle Harold McEwee of the Pennsylvania State Police. Becoming a state trooper was always one of his greatest aspirations. His dream came true when he graduated from the Delaware State Police Recruit School on September 27, 1956. Stationed at Troop 1 at Penny Hill in Wilmington, his interest was particularly aimed at the K-9 Division. He trained and worked with one of his new partners, Rocky, a German shepherd. One of his favorite pastimes was scuba diving along with his fellow troopers, Jim Maucher, John VanSant and Rick Palmer. When he was not diving he greatly enjoyed fishing and hunting. Trooper Rupert was killed in the line of duty on April 19, 1962.  He and his partner, Trooper Ray Querey, were involved in a high speed pursuit that resulted in a crash.  At the age of 34 he left behind his wife Abigail and five daughters.  His daughters are Colleen, Lorraine, Patricia, Maria and Kathleen.  At time of his death they were 10, 9, 3 and 1 year of age.  His daughter, Kathleen, was born the following December.

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Fallen Trooper Kevin J. Mallon

 

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Coming Soon - the latest DSP Challenge Coin

Delaware State Police 2017 Challenge Coin

Call Kevin McDerby at the Museum to reserve your gold or silver coin now. 302-739-7700

Delaware State Police Memorial Service

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The annual Delaware State Police Memorial Service was held December 5th, 2016, at St. Polycarp's Church, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE at 0930 hours. (2016 Service)

 

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