New Castle County Candidates Debate

Oct 16, 2012

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - Candidates for New Castle County executive and Council president are offering different views on how to manage the city's police department.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. reports that during a debate Monday in Hockessin, Republican Council president candidate Mike Protack proposed adding 25 police officers a year in each of the next four to five years.

His Democratic opponent, Chris Bullock, says the city should focus on better deployment practices.

Tom Gordon, the Democratic county executive candidate who was county police chief for eight years, says the force needs to beefed up to its 370-officer limit and proposed creating substations and increasing the department's use of technology.

Republican county executive candidate Mark Blake says he would seek to cross-deputize county officers, Wilmington police and Delaware State Police troopers.