Cheswold Police Department Policy Manual

The Cheswold Police Department is dedicated to providing the best quality of service and enforcement to the Residents, Businesses and Visitors to the Town of Cheswold. It is the goal of the department to make ourselves accessible to the community we serve, and we believe it is important for our citizens to know what they can expect from their police department.  I am proud of our policies and procedures, and I hope publishing these documents will benefit our citizens and other criminal justice organizations.

The policies and procedures contained in this manual are rules that all members of the Cheswold Police Department follow while carrying out the mission of the department; the manual posted on this site contains the same information that is provided to all employees. Departmental Procedures are  reviewed, maintained and added to reflect changes in Federal and State laws to make sure that the department is operating in a efficient and ethical manner while respecting the rights of all individuals we serve regardless of race, nationality, sexual preference, medical diagnosis or religious preference.

While this manual represents most of Cheswold Police Departments Policies and Procedures, it is important to note that a few policies are not be released due to concerns for officer safety and investigative tactics.  Please also bear in mind that when it comes to police response, each situation is different – it is not possible to anticipate every situation that may arise or prescribe a specific course of action appropriate for every scenario.  Therefore, it is necessary that all CPD employees routinely exercise discretion, common sense and good judgment.

It should be noted that while we are a small department some of our policies and procedures in place have been included for future departmental growth and may not be applicable to personnel at this time. During the course of the year and when new information presents itself policies are reviewed, changed or added, some polices may be in the process of review or changes. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss any issues please contact Chief Christopher Workman via phone or email and schedule an appointment.

Please Note: Our full policy manual contains information on staffing levels, deployment, response tactics, and other items which are considered to be law enforcement sensitive.  Releasing such information could put officers and the general public at risk.  Therefore, some policies have been redacted and others simply not-published. 

 Organization & Administration

Directive 10-1-1- Organization and Command

Directive 10-1-1A Departmental Job Descriptions

Directive 10-1-2 Reporting for Duty

Directive 10-1-3 Employee Compensation & Leave (Not Published – HR)

Directive 10-1-4 Civilian Personnel

Directive 10-1-5 Police Officer Applicant Standard of Eligibility

Directive 10-1-6 Emergency Notification to Supervisors

Directive 10-1-7 Officer (Employee) Evaluations (Not Published – HR)

Directive 10-1-9 Line Of Duty Deaths

Directive 10-1-10 Temporary Light Duty

Directive 10-1-11 Departmental Commendation Awards

Directive 10-1-12 Arrests With and Without Warrant

Directive 10-1-13 Off Duty or Secondary Employment

Directive 10-1-14 Critical Incident Stress Management

Directive 10-1-15 (Held for Future Use)

Directive 10-1-16 Authorization for Purchases

Directive 10-1-17 Reports of Injury

Directive 10-1-18 Inspections

Directive 10-1-19 Lost and Found Property

Directive 10-1-20 Accounting

Directive 10-1-21 Oath of Office

Directive 10-1-22 Emergency Evacuation Plan

Directive 10-1-23 Unbiased Policing

Directive 10-1-24 Court Appearances – Court Standby

Directive 10-1-25 Computer – Internet Policy

Directive 10-1-26 Social Media- Internet Policy

Directive 10-1-27 Drug & Alcohol Policy (Not Published – HR)


Patrol Operations

Directive 10-2-1 Response Policy – Codes and Definitions

Directive 10-2-2- Use of Seatbelts in Departmental Vehicles

Directive 10-2-3 Police Vehicle Occupancy

Directive 10-2-4 Damage to Departmental Vehicles

Directive 10-2-5 Radio Communication – Call Signs

Directive 10-2-6 Motor Vehicle Stops

Directive 10-2-7 Motor Vehicle Searches

Directive 10-2-8 Motor Vehicle Inventories

Directive 10-2-9 Traffic Ancillary Services

Directive 10-2-10 Property Checks

Directive 10-2-11 Snow Emergency Plan

Directive 10-2-12 Field Interview – Pat Down Searches

Directive 10-2-13 Interrogations and Confessions

Directive 10-2-14 Polygraph Examinations (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-15  (Held for Future Use)

Directive 10-2-16 Executing Search Warrants (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-17 Hostage / Barricade Subject Incidents (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-18 Hate Crime Investigations (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-19 Bomb Threats and Searches (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-20 Missing Persons Investigations (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-21 Death Notifications (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-22 Bank/Financial Alarm Response  (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-23 Special Operations (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-24 Crime Analysis

Directive 10-2-25 Confidential Informants (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-26 Warrant Service (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-27 Telephone/Cell Investigations (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-28 Detaining Foreign Nationals (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-29 Civil Disturbances (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-30 Strikes and Labor Disputes (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-31 Detox / Committal Procedures (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-32 Mobile Video Recording Equipment

Directive 10-2-33 Child Passenger Safety Fitting Station

Directive 10-2-34 Seasonal Bike Patrol Officers

Directive 10-2-35 Amber Alert Activation (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-36 (Held for Future Use)

Directive 10-2-37 (Held for Future Use)

Directive 10-2-38 Americans with Disabilities Act (incl. Service Dogs)

Directive 10-2-39 Incident Command System (Procedural)

Directive 10-2-41 Body Worn Cameras

Directive 10-2-42 Transgender / Non-Binary Community

Directive 10-2-43 Naloxone Programs

Directive 10-2-44 Interacting with persons affected by mental illness or crisis

Directive 10-2-45 Early Intervention System


 Response to Resistance

Directive 10-4-1 Response to Resistance

Directive 10-4-1A Response to Resistance Reporting

Directive 10-4-2 Post-Deadly Force Incident (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-3 Pursuit Policy (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-4 Oleoresin Capsicum Spray (OC) (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-5 Advanced CEW Policy (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-6 Patrol Rifle Policy (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-7 Agency Approved Issued Equipment (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-8 Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Policy (Tactical)

Directive 10-4-9 Off-Duty Carry Regulations (Tactical)


Reports & Records

Directive 10-5-1 Reports

Directive 10-5-2 Release of Reports

Directie 10-5-4 Records Retention


Harassment – Civil Litigation

Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace



Uniform – Dress Code

Directive 10-8-1 Dress Code

Body Armor


Victim Assistance

Police Victim Assistance

Victim Bill of Rights


Handling of Detainees

Transportation of Detainees

Strip and Body Cavity Searches


Citizen Complaints

Citizens Complaints

Corruption Prevention


Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

Prevention of Blood Borne Diseases



Public Information – Press Releases



Juvenile Offenses and Enforcement


Career Development

Career Development


Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct 

Directive 10-18-1 Brady Material Disclosure

Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights







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