CHAPTER 343

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WITH REFERENCE TO THE REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF COLONEL PAUL W. HAVILAND, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE DELAWARE STATE POLICE.

WHEREAS, both Houses of the 114th General Assembly of the State of Delaware passed by overwhelming majorities Senate Bill No. 124, making provision for State Police Stations in the State; and

WHEREAS, said Bill has received the approval of the Governor and is now a law; and

WHEREAS, it was the intent of Senate Bill No. 124 and so understood by the members of the General Assembly that at least five State Police Stations should be maintained in Delaware and that they should have assigned to each of them a force of State Police sufficient to be able to respond promptly to calls from all parts of Delaware for the suppression of acts of violence and for the enforcement of the laws of the State; and

WHEREAS, the press of the State has published notice purporting to come from the said Colonel Paul W. Haviland, Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, that at least two of the five State Police Stations authorized by Senate Bill No. 124 will not be fully staffed with members of the State Police force but will have assigned to them only a skeleton force entirely insufficient to operate said stations as the General Assembly intended that they should be operated when Senate Bill No. 124 was enacted; and

WHEREAS, the quoted announcement further gave notice that at least two of the five Police Stations in the State would be considered only as sub-stations and that the radio equipment to be supplied to some of the five stations would not be of a type adequate to make the work of such stations fully effective for police work on a par with the other Police Stations in the State now operated and maintained; and

WHEREAS, the announced policy for State Police Stations following the passage of Senate Bill No. 124 indicates that such action as is contemplated regarding them will constitute only a token compliance with the spirit and purpose of Senate Bill No. 124; and

WHEREAS, the announced plans for at least two of the authorized State Police Stations in the State constitute a defiance of the legislative intent and is not for the best interests of the State of Delaware; Now, Therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 114th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein that it is the sense of the General Assembly that the said Colonel Paul W. Haviland, Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, should be removed from the position he holds as such Colonel and Superintendent, and the General Assembly calls upon the State Highway Department of the State to accomplish his removal therefrom by the first day of May, A. D. 1947.

Approved April 2, 1947.