A shakeup in leadership at New Castle County Police Department is underway with promotions, but leaves questions.
NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: New Castle County Police Chief Col. Vaughn Bond will be leading a new role starting in October as New Castle County Public Safety Director, and his top cop, Captain Joe Bloch, will assume his job as Chief of Police according to a news release from New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer’s office.
Bond, who has been with the New Castle County Police Department sine 1991 made history when he became the department’s first black police chief in 2017.
Both individuals will assume their new positions October 1 in an acting capacity, pending New Castle County Council approval., said Brian Cunningham, a spokesman for New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer.
Prior to this announcement, last week, nine officers were promoted. 7 were white males, 1 was a black female, and 1 was white female.
“This is a great day for the public safety of our communities and for the long-term future of our fine police department,” said County Executive Meyer. “Col. Bond will go down in history as a trailblazer for this department and for this county.”
During his tenure as Chief of Police, Bond, has made courageous decisions to invest in community policing, mental health, substance use treatment and also had an unprecedented commitment to diversity in his leadership team, including promoting New Castle County’s first female Lieutenant Colonel, Wendi Feeser.
In his new role, Bond will continue serving the citizens of New Castle County as as Public Safety Director, overseeing the Divisions of Police, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Communications and the Office of Emergency Management and collaborating with the fire service.”
This is a happy but sad day for Bond because he has worked with so many community leaders over the years and have changed the quality of life in neighborhoods struggling with high crime rates.
A police chief like no other, Bond showed up at crime scenes where a death had occurred as a result of gun violence, then stood by those family members and held their hands, or give them a sense of comfort, reassurance, and commit to bringing those who were responsible to justice.
That’s the man he was. A Police Chief? No, he was more than that. While he was a member of the community he was also our Police Chief and his impact was not only felt but will always be remembered.
For Chief of Police, his heart was in the right place – the community. He had a strong commitment and a commitment to bring those responsible to justice. But he was also a man who played fair and he stood out as one of the best Police Chief’s within the history of the NCCPD. | George Shea, Delaware Newsline Producer.
“I want to thank the courageous men and women of the New Castle County Division of Police. I am so proud of the level of service they have provided to our communities over the past few years,” said Colonel Bond. “It has not always been easy, but you have persevered and continued to exceed the expectations of those we serve.
Bond thanked the New Castle County Council saying the work he has done would not of been possible without them.
“Thank you to New Castle County Council for their ongoing support of the Department of Public Safety, specifically the Division of Police. The many successes we’ve enjoyed would not have been possible without each of you.”
“We as New Castle County residents are fortunate to have an officer of Captain Joe Bloch’s caliber to lead us into the future,” said County Executive Meyer. “He is a tremendous public servant who will continue to improve relationships with the community and to lead with 21st century public safety strategies.”
“I am honored and humbled by this appointment from County Executive Matt Meyer and Chief Administrative Officer Vanessa Phillips,” said Capt. Bloch. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve and ensure the safety of the citizens of New Castle County.”
Bloch is a 27-year veteran of the Police Department and was hired in 1994 as a recruit officer. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in November 2017, where he oversaw the patrol and criminal investigation units.
He serves as a member of the Child Protection Accountability Commission Member (appointed by Governor Carney) a member of Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), is a board member of Child Advocacy Centers, and was also appointed by Gov. Carney as a member of the Steering Commission on the Protection of Children (H.B. 371).
It’s not known at this time if Bloch has any experience with the community or if he has done any work in the community that would impact his becoming of chief of police for the New Castle County Police Department.
The New Castle County Public Safety Director was open for more than two years which is unusual for county positions. Delaware Newsline reached out to the county for more information.