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The primary objectives of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department are to preserve life and property, enforce all federal, state, and local laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the residents and guests of the city.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is dubbed the "Nation's Summer Capital" due to the large influx of tourists from the Washington, DC area.   The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently employs 17 full-time police officers and 9 full-time dispatchers. We also employ seasonal police officers to augment our full-time staff during the busy tourist season.

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Gavin A. Coates, 48, of Oxford, Pa. was arrested Friday (09/14/18) evening for a third offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after committing a traffic violation on Rehoboth Avenue. 

Just after 9:00pm a Rehoboth Beach Police officer observed Coates, who was operating a silver Toyota Camry, making an illegal turn at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and Second Street.  The officer stopped Coates and upon making contact with him observed signs of intoxication.  Coates was administered standardize field sobriety test and subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Coates was transported back to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for further testing at which time officers determined that Coates had prior DUI related convictions. 

Coates was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony third offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 1 count of failure to obey a traffic control device.

Coates was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2100.00 secured bail.  

Release by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle. 

September 11th, 2018

Harry D. Johnson Jr., 50, of Milton, Del. was arrested early Tuesday (09/11/18) morning after an investigation revealed that he broken into a residence in the 100 block of Hickman Street and remove property from inside. On Monday (09/10/18) evening at around 9:40pm, officers responded to an...

August 28th, 2018

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is issuing a crime advisement in regards to a recent string of counterfeit money incidents responsible for costing local retail businesses along the Boardwalk and Rehoboth Avenue corridors hundreds of dollars in monetary loss. On Saturday, August 25th, 2018,...