Delaware Senate Passes Bill to Clarify Limits of Sheriff’s Powers

DOVER, DE – By a 12-3 vote, the Delaware Senate passed a bill to clarify the limits of a county sheriff’s powers in Delaware.  HB 325 now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

The bill was in response to actions taken by Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher.  Christopher has brought suit in Delaware courts arguing that as the “conservator of the peace” he and his deputies have the right to make arrests and perform other law enforcement duties.  The Sussex County Council disagrees with this interpretation.

No senator from Sussex County voted for the legislation.

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