New Frankford police chief establishes outreach programs

FRANKFORD — After more than two years without local police presence the town of Frankford has a new chief of police.
Laurence “Larry” Corrigan was officially sworn in Friday, Nov. 22, filling the police chief void created with the resignation of Mark Hudson in July 2017.

Chief Corrigan’s first full day on the job was Monday. He said he is excited about his new role and the outreach and programs that are planned.
“I have been given a great deal of assistance from not just the council but all of the residents I have met thus far,” said Chief Corrigan, who on day one took a ride through town and spoke with adults and children getting off their school buses. “Everybody is very enthusiastic about the Frankford Police Department starting back up again. That being said, there is a lot of work ahead.”

Mr. Corrigan was one of two applicants who interviewed for the chief’s position; council approved his hiring unanimously.
“That was my goal when we did the budget for this year, that we were going to create our police department again. And we did,” said JoanneBacon, town council president. “We were very lucky in order to do that.”

Chief Corrigan has extensive experience in law enforcement and administration. His resume includes 22 years with Delaware State Police, work with the Maryland state attorney general’s office, Salisbury University and several local police agencies.

He comes to Frankford from the Fenwick Island Police Department, where he worked the past two years. Prior to that he was with Selbyville Police Department, serving as a school resource officer and major crimes investigator.

With Frankford police, Chief Corrigan’s outreach initiatives include:
• Partnership with the Frankford Public Library, including interactive reading sessions with children;
• Programs in the making for internet crime training for parents to protect their children and elderly-related programs to protect them from fraudulent activities;
• Possible mental health professional intervention to address needs of that nature, particularly with children in the community;

• Traffic education
• Coffee with a Cop programs at Frankford Diner, once or twice monthly — with free coffee and pastries — to address citizen needs;
• After-school programs
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us as a community,” Chief Corrigan said. “I am a big fan of a group thing, a collaborative effort for the betterment of the community. I’d like the police department to be the catalyst of that.”

Chief Corrigan said he plans to specifically reach out to the “minority communities here, because we do have a rather diverse population for our town.”
In addition, he is instituting a chaplain’s program.
“We’ve already got one on board and I am going to be addressing local clergy,” said Chief Corrigan, who resides in Selbyville.

Now officially on duty, he is presently a one-person force.
Ms. Bacon said, “Hopefully, we can build it as we grow.”

Chief Corrigan said, “Until I get a second or maybe even a third person hired, the onus of it is going to be firmly on me. But I do feel a great deal of assistance from the community, and the council as a whole. I’m going to do the best I can to work pretty much around the clock. If I am off and there is something in town, I am asking the state police to call, and I’ll come in and handle that until we get some additional help here. But there will never be a time that the town is not covered.”

Chief Corrigan, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s from Wilmington University, is taking on additional administrative tasks with the town.

“I am, with the blessing of council, taking on some town manager related responsibilities as well,” he said. “They asked me that at the final interview, if I’d be interested in doing that. I gave an enthusiastic ‘yes.’”
For the past two-plus years Frankford has relied on coverage from Delaware State Police.

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