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Laurel Police Department

Chief's Message

On behalf of the patrolmen and women of the Laurel Police Department, I would like to thank you for visiting our website. The officers of our agency are proud and honored to serve our diverse community in a professional manner. Our hope, as an agency, is that this website will serve as a guide to anyone who wants to learn more about our department, our members, and the various services we are so privileged to provide to the citizens of Laurel, Delaware.

The Town of Laurel was incorporated on April 13th, 1883 and the police department quickly followed. Since its inception, the agency has grown to 19 sworn officers and 1 Chief Administrative Assistant. The Laurel Police Department protects and serves the Town of Laurel which encompasses approximately 2 square miles and nearly 5,000 residents. Our sworn and civilian staff work together to fulfill our mission statement and address an average of 5,000 calls for service annually. We do this by staffing a patrol division, criminal investigation division, K9 division, and School Resource Officer division.

The most significant resource of the Laurel Police Department is our employees and the role they play in the effort to meet our department’s mission and code of ethics. As with any organization, we cannot do it alone.  We greatly need the ongoing commitment and active engagement of our citizens.  Through healthy community relationships, we will pursue a team-oriented approach to better serve the members of our community.  This approach comes with an open-ended invitation to become involved with the Laurel Police Department and assist us in solving crime as well as addressing quality of life issues in and around our community. Our agencies have a strong desire to work closely with all of our community members in an effort to strengthen trust, transparency, and to improve safety for all of our citizens and visitors.

Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your community and guide the police department as we move forward to provide the best service available.
About Chief Danny A. Wright

Chief Wright was sworn in as the Chief of the Laurel Police Department on March 1st, 2016. Chief Wright served with the Delaware State Police from 1988 until his appointment to Chief of Police. During his career with the Delaware State Police, he began as a road Trooper assigned to Troop 7 and then was chosen to be a K9 Trooper in 1990. Chief Wright was part of the State Police Tactical Control Unit (TCU), Criminal Highway Interdiction Unit, and Special Operations Response Team (SORT). Chief Wright served as a Detective in the State Police Narcotics Division, Major crimes division, Criminal intelligence division, and Homicide division.
Chief Wright retired in February of 2024, and Capt Bryan is acting in his position until an application process finds a suitable replacement to lead the Laurel Police Department.