The North East Police Department is located at 104 West Cecil Avenue in a 2,500 square foot building built in 1991. The force consists of nine full-time officers and support staff providing 24 hour police protection within Town limits.
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Darrell W. Hamilton, Chief of Police
On behalf of the Officers of the North East Police Department and myself, I am pleased to welcome you to our internet website. I take great pride in serving as the Chief of Police and working with officers who are truly dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of North East, Maryland.
Since being appointed to the Chief's position in 1978, the Department and Town have grown at a fast pace. Growth has been a major issue, and the Police Department has made strides in keeping up with the Town's growth.
The Agency has always been proactive in its approach to law enforcement, keeping up with new technologies and trends.
I would like to thank the citizens of North East for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Chief. Our success has always been tied in with your support. A positive partnership is the cornerstone of a successful law enforcement agency.
The members of the North East Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, lead a commitment to resolve problems, and improve the safety and quality of life in our Town through applying the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and accountability.
The North East Police Department and its staff are involved in many community programs that further the mission of the Department.
S.A.L.T (Seniors and Lawmen Together)
Was established in Cecil County in 1991 with a partnership between senior citizens, local, state, and county law enforcement agencies, public and medical agencies. The goal is to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and improve their quality of life. To this end, the group has established a traveling crime prevention seminar to go to numerous senior citizen groups in Cecil County to lecture on safety. The North East Police Department was one of the founding agencies for S.A.L.T. in the county.
Human Resources Developmental Corporation
To acquire, apportion, and distribute funds, materials, and resources for the benefit of the needy, disadvantaged, disabled, and otherwise qualified inhabitants of Cecil County.
D.A.R.E (Drug Awareness Resistance Education)
Founded in 1983, D.A.R.E.'s mission is to provide children with the information and skills necessary to live drug and violence free lives. The partnership of the North East Police Department with the Cecil County Public School system has enabled our community to participate in the largest school-based prevention education program in the country. The North East Police Department introduced the D.A.R.E. program in 1990 and has had a D.A.R.E. officer ever since.
Boys and Girls Club of North East
The mission of the Boys and Girls club of North East is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. As Chief, I felt it was the best program for children in our area. With that in mind, I joined the board of directors and started to lobby for a Boys and Girls Club for the town of North East. In 2001, we opened up the doors for the first time at the Jackson House in the Town Park. We have since moved to larger quarters on East Cecil Avenue with a total of 250 children.
Special Olympics of Cecil County
In 2004, as Chief, I volunteered with the Special Olympics of Cecil County as a weightlifting coach. We meet on Wednesdays and Fridays to prepare the athletes for the yearly competition at Mount St. Mary's College in Fredericksburg, MD. To date, our Olympians have won numerous gold and silver medals.
Cecil Partnerships for Children
Cecil Partnerships for Children was formed as a Local Management Board (LMB) to promote the existence of quality service delivery systems for Cecil County children, youth, and families through a comprehensive planning process that emphasizes inter-agency collaboration, accountability, and citizen involvement with local decision-making authority.
Safe School Steering Committee
The Cecil County Safe School Steering Committee was formed to advise the Superintendent on matters of school safety to provide a "safe, secure learning environment". The committee is composed of various subcommittees including those of Student Services, Crisis Response, Police Review, and more. Committee members actively participate in various school system matters such as tabletop drills, the School Resource Officers Program, and the review of Safe Schools policy. Members of the committee include representatives from various law enforcement agencies, county departments, private industry, and the school system. The North East Police Department has been an active member since its inception.
Neighborhood Youth Panel
The North East Neighborhood Youth Panel (NYP) is a juvenile diversion program, which gives first-time juvenile misdemeanor offendors the option of appearing before a panel of community volunteers rather than entering the juvenile court system. The NYP gives the community the opportunity to be directly involved in the process of Balanced and Restorative Justice by determining sanctions for youth offenders, monitoring sanction compliance, and assisting in reparation of the victim. The volunteers consist of the Chief of Police and other leading citizens of the North East area.