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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.

Latest Police Updates

Officers with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department collected 142 pounds of unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs during the National Drug Take-Back Initiative with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the DEA’s website reports that 9.9 million Americans misused prescription drugs in 2018. It adds that the study found the majority of abused prescription drugs were taken from friends and family, often from a medicine cabinet. 

“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a critical public safety and public health issue,” said Chief Keith Banks. Take-back programs are the safest method for disposing of prescription drugs because they are organized and closely monitored by local, state, and federal government agencies. These agencies ensure the proper disposal of the drugs in accordance with federal law.

October 21st, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues working today to assess and clean up an oil spill that came ashore yesterday at Broadkill Beach and has now affected several more southerly coastal locations, including Beach Plum Island near Cape Henlopen, the Roosevelt Inlet...

September 30th, 2020

On Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Police Department will join with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide you with a safe and legal way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. Simply bring them to the collection site in the...