Delaware Law Enforcement Officers win LEO of the year award

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A Wilmington Police Detective, three state troopers, and an Oceanview police officer received a statewide honors.

WILMINGTON (DE) 01/27/21: A Wilmington Police Detective, along with three other Delaware Law Enforcement Officers were honored at a small ceremony as they received the Delaware Crime Stoppers Robert J. Seinsoth Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

The Award Luncheon was held on Wednesday, January 27, at the Delaware State Troopers Association Hall.

Law Enforcement Officers from the Delaware State Police, the Dover Police Department, and the Ocean View Police Department also received awards.

Detective Wicks from the Wilmington Police Department was recognized for his efforts in relation to several major crimes investigations, including shooting incidents, a stabbing incident and reckless endangering incidents. Along with other members of the Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Wicks worked closely with, and was supported by, the Real Time Crime Center, the Crisis Management Tactical Team and the US Marshals Service.

Captain Malcolm Stoddard, commander of the WPD Criminal Investigations Division, praised Detective Wicks’ efforts.

“I am proud of the work of Detective Wicks, who is one of the newest additions to our Division,” said Captain Stoddard. “We appreciate the consistent dedication of all of our investigators, who work on a daily basis to bring justice to crime victims and their families.”

Chief Robert J. Tracy joined Detective Wicks at today’s ceremony, and added his congratulations as well.

Photo | Chief Robert J. Tracy

“On behalf of the Wilmington Police Department and the entire City of Wilmington, I congratulate Detective Wicks, and thank him for his service to our community,” said Chief Tracy. “His work is indicative of the tireless efforts of each member of this department, and speaks to the importance of our investigations into some of the most serious crimes that affect the neighborhoods we serve.”

Trooper First Class Cody Moyer, Trooper First Class Carrie Foskey, and Corporal Charles Morris II were nominated and subsequently chosen as the award recipient based on their heroic actions when responding to an attempted murder incident while assigned to Delaware State Police Troop 5 Patrol.

In March of 2020, TFC Moyer, TFC Foskey, and Cpl. Morris responded to a residence in Bridgeville for a burglary in progress. Upon arrival to the scene, the troopers discovered the suspect had broken into the residence, physically assaulted the victim, and was still located inside.

The troopers could hear screaming inside the home and took immediate action. Once inside, they discovered the suspect and victim in the kitchen, with the victim seriously injured and losing a lot of blood.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and the troopers took emergency life-saving measures to save the victims’ life. They continued to render treatment to the victim until Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene.

The suspect was subsequently charged with attempted homicide, burglary, and additional related charges.

As of the publishing date of this story, Oceanview Police Department have yet to respond to our request for information on the officer who was recognized for this award.

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