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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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We're grateful to the Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the months of June & July.

 

 

 

Delaware State Police Fallen Hero Trooper George W. EmoryGeorge W. EmoryRibbon
1946-1972
On Friday, June 2, 1972 Trooper George Emory was killed in an accident on S. Route 13 near Harrington. George Emory was on his way home after a tour of duty at Troop 3 near Camden when his patrol vehicle, which was part of a take-home program, was struck in the rear. Trooper Emory was removed from the accident scene and taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. George Emory was born in Lewes, Delaware. He was a graduate of Seaford High School and served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Trooper Emory was awarded the bronze star and two presidential unit citations. He was appointed a State Trooper on May 15, 1970. Trooper Emory was not married and is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Emory, two brothers, Christopher and A. Wade, and a sister, Barbara Ammons. Services were held at St. Luke’s Church with internment in the church cemetery.


 

Delaware State Police Fallen Hero Trooper Christopher SheaChristopher SheaRibbon
1972-2004
On July 18, 2004, Corporal Christopher Shea, 31, was tragically killed by a repeated drunk driver on Route 1. A car that had been involved in a hit and run accident just moments before was driving northbound on the southbound side of Route 1. Corporal Shea was driving into Sussex County and had not heard dispatch make the broadcast since each county broadcast on a different channel. He was coming around a bend and tried to avoid the car, that he saw at the last minute but the two cars hit head on. The collision instantly killed the other driver and Corporal Shea was taken to Milford Memorial and pronounced dead. Corporal Shea was first assigned to TROOP 5 in Bridgeville, Delaware, after coming on the force in July 2000 but after a leave of absence for a broken pelvis was reassigned to Troop 7 so he could be closer to his family. Corporal Shea had just been promoted to Corporal on the Friday before he died, and was an esteemed law enforcement officer. Shea is a former U.S. Marine and came from a large family in New Jersey. He married Susan Cleaver Shea of Lewes whom he had met while he was a security officer at Farleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey. They resided in Milton Delaware and had two children a son, Christopher Jr. and a daughter Elizabeth. Services for Corporal Shea were held on July 22, 2004 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes, Delaware and he was laid to rest in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.

 

Museum Opens New Exhibit Detailing 1979 Lambertson Murder Case

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Delaware State Police Museum revealed its new exbibit which detailed the events surrounding the Lambertson Murder Case and included the renown execution of the convicted murder Billy Bailey.

On May, 21, 1979, Bailey tragically shot and murdered Clara and Gilbert Lambertson inside of their home located just north of Dover. Bailey was a habitual offender who was facing possible life in prison for a recent check forgery conviction. On this date, Bailey committed an armed robbery of a local liquor store before traveling to the Lamberston’s residence. Shortly after the murders, Delaware State Police responded and canvassed the area for Bailey. Delaware State Police Aviation located Bailey fleeing on foot. As the helicopter was hovering close to the ground, a trooper pilot jumped from the aircraft and gave chase. Bailey fired a gunshot towards the pursuing trooper, but missed and was ultimately tackled and taken into custody.

Following a successful trial, Bailey was sentenced the death penalty. Bailey refused the option of dying by lethal injection and instead opted to be hanged. On January 25, 1996, Billy Bailey was the first to be hanged in Delaware since 1946 and only the third in the United States since 1965.
The Delaware State Police Museum located at 1425 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE, 19901, is open and visitors are welcome. Our hours of operation are 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday and the first Saturday of the month, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. We are closed on Federal Holidays. If you have questions, please call 302-739-7700.

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A Memorial Tribute to our Fallen Heroes

 

Delaware State Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Book

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

Fallen Trooper Kevin J. Mallon

 

 

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