Career Paths

The New Castle County Police Department offers a number of possible career development opportunities to its officers in the form of specialized units. The units are listed below, where you can find a brief summary on the specialized units' history, roles, and responsibilities.
  1. Community Services Unit

    The Community Services Unit works to reduce residential crimes.

  2. Criminal Investigation Unit

    The Criminal Investigation Unit is responsible for investigating major crimes.

  3. Crisis Negotiation Team

    The Crisis Negotiation Team operates through a call system to provide expert negotiation skills in critical situations.

  4. Evidence Detection Unit

    The Evidence Detection Unit search crimes scenes to locate and analyze physical evidence.

  5. Information & Analysis Unit

    The Information and Analysis Unit facilitates crime analysis through reports on crime patterns and trends.

  6. K-9 Unit

    The K-9 Unit (Canine Unit) is made up of handlers and dogs trained to perform searches for contraband and missing persons, as well as perform routine patrol work.

  7. Motorcycle Unit

    The Motorcycle Unit is primarily utilized during special events such as parades and escorts.

  8. Mounted Patrol Unit

    The Mounted Patrol Unit patrols county parks and communities on horseback.

  1. Ordnance Disposal

    Ordnance Disposal is responsible for disposing of explosives.

  2. Patrol Division

    The Patrol Division is where all officers begin their careers, and it involves routinely patrolling assigned areas, responding to accidents, and more.

  3. Police Athletic League

    Officers in the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Delaware work with 7,000 youth PAL members in a variety of activities.

  4. Professional Development Unit

    The Professional Development Unit is responsible for human resources, risk management, training, and managing the Police Academy.

  5. Special Weapons & Tactics Unit

    The Special Weapons and Tactics Unit handles critical incidents such as hostage rescue, barricaded subjects, and civil disorders.

  6. Traffic Services Unit

    The Traffic Services Unit is tasked with investigating traffic incidents that involve a fatality or serious injury.

  7. Walking & Bike Patrols

    The Walking Patrol and Bicycle Patrol are specialized units used to provide police presence for specific community needs based on crime trends.