Frankford police chief dives in on drug enforcement

One day after officially starting in his new position, Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan left the town council meeting with three approvals in his pocket — two for the sale of surplus equipment and one for equipping the Town’s newly reinstated one-man department with the opiate overdose-reversal drug Narcan (naloxone).

At the council’s Dec. 2 meeting, Corrigan told council members that, while he realizes that there is some controversy over the use of Narcan to save addicts who may continue to abuse opioids over and over, ultimately, “They’re human beings, too, that have a problem.”

Corrigan also said that not all opioid overdoses are by habitual abusers.

“Sometimes little children are impacted by that, as they are playing in a drug-infested area,” he said.

During the meeting, some residents addressed drug-related issues in the town, including what they say is open dealing, sometimes in the middle of the street.

Valerie Dugdale of McNeal Drive said she was coming home from a Bible study one day recently and two cars were blocking the road so that she could not pass. She said she knew the cars were in the midst of a drug deal, but she asked one driver to move his car so she could get by.

“I had my gun, so I wasn’t afraid,” Dugdale said, adding that the car did let her pass by without incident.

Corrigan said he welcomes such information from residents.

“I’d like any information I can get,” he said, adding that, in addition to the safety aspect, “what Valerie is talking about is quality-of-life issues.”

Michael Dugdale, Valerie Dugdale’s husband, said some parts of town are “like skid row in Philly” because of drug-related issues.

“Chief, you’re going to have your hands full,” Town Council President Joanne Bacon said.

Corrigan also requested that the council approve the sale of an unmarked police car and two surplus revolvers. The car is not currently needed and is an older model, he said. The Town also has two marked police cars.

The weapons were left in the police department evidence room after the departure two years ago of the last police chief, Mark Hudson. The Town has since paid for 12 additional Delaware State Police patrol hours, in lieu of maintaining its own police department. That policy was reversed recently with the hiring of Corrigan.

The council unanimously approved all three requests from the new police chief.

 

By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter