Bill To Restrict Sheriff’s Powers Passes Delaware House

CHRISTOPHER FILES SUIT IN SUPERIOR COURT

DOVER, DE – The Delaware House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday designed to codify the duties of a county sheriff and his or her deputies, including that they do not have the legal authority to make arrests or investigate crimes.  The bill, HB 325,  passed by a vote of 36 – 2 with one abstention.  Rep. John Atkins (D-41) and Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38) were the two votes against the bill.

On Wednesday Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed lawsuit in Superior Court requesting a declaratory judgment that he and his deputies do have arrest and investigative powers under Delaware’s constitution and that he is the chief law enforcement offer of Sussex County.

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