Local Heroes

Public Heroes 

We want to publically honor heroes who are  protecting are community and  I we want to shine light on public servants who are an asset to our community. These Heroes are selected because of what they stand for and who they impacted and how they stand out from the rest.

Chief of Police, Wilmington, DE
Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn M. Bond

NCCo promotes Bond to highest rank ever for black officer

Vaughn M. Bond Jr. was promoted to lieutenant colonel, the second-highest rank an officer can achieve in the New Castle County Police Department and the highest rank ever held by an African-American officer in the department’s 203-year history.

It took a while for Bond to process the historical significance. He recalled a moment after the announcement, standing among his peers – the retired Cpl. Robert L. Snow and Joseph Bryant, his former lieutenant and now a Public Safety Department director for New Castle County, the first African-American to hold that position – reflecting on how far New Castle County has come.

“I was fortunate,” Bond said, humbled by the show of support following the announcement. “The timing was right for me to get here. But I didn’t get here alone. Cpl. Robert Snow, in 1968, he opened the door for African-Americans to consider New Castle County Police as a viable place for employment.”

Snow was the first African-American officer in the department.

Bond began his career with New Castle County Police in December 1991 following graduation from Delaware State University. Bond says it was at college while pledging for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity that he first considered a career in law enforcement.

Two of his fraternity brothers were in the citizen’s police academy the for Delaware State Police. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Bond decided to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“I think, outside of me marrying my wife and my children, it is the best decision I ever made,” Bond said.

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon called Bond "a humble and hard-working law enforcement professional, a true public servant and one we are proud to have wear the uniform of New Castle County Police."

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Prison guard, inmate's mother accused in drug smuggling case


12:58 pm EDT, Saturday, September 12, 2020

 WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware inmates, a prison guard and an inmate's mother have been indicted on drug dealing, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

Newly released court documents show the charges stem from the alleged smuggling of synthetic marijuana into Delaware's largest prison, the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

The News Journal reports that the documents show that the contraband case started last year as part of an investigation into corruption among corrections officers.

By that time, police already believed inmate Gerald Szubielski was ordering illegal drugs to be ferried into the prison by his mother, Deborah Szubielski. A state police detective wrote in an affidavit that the scheme involved Deborah Szubielski coming into the prison to visit and hiding the drugs in a lobby bathroom.

The affidavit said an inmate worker, Mark Foulk, retrieved containers of contraband while he was cleaning the bathroom and brought them into the prison’s general population.

Deborah Szubielski admitted to placing the drugs and was charged with promoting prison contraband. Last month, she was indicted along with Foulk, her son and Terrell Ingram, a correctional officer.

Ingram has been placed on leave without pay.

Both Foulk and Gerald Szubielski have pleaded not guilty. There are no attorneys listed in court documents for any of the defendants.

Vaughn Bond, a 24-year veteran of the New Castle County Police Department, has been promoted to the lieutenant colonel, making him the first African-American on the force to reach that position.

After 24 years, Bond said he still feels being a police officer offers the best opportunity and platform to make a difference in the community. Through his fraternity, he is part of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and community outreach programs such as Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family and the Christmas Adopt-a-Family initiative, where families in need are aided during the holiday season with food, clothing and gifts.

Those programs now help upwards of 150 families. It’s one of the many instances where he looks to continue bridging the gap that exists between law enforcement and citizens.

“The basic policing model has still remained the same, and that is to go out and provide the quality service to the men and women and to the citizens of New Castle County,” Bond said.

As a police officer, Bond said they have the power to influence a situation as well as show compassion to individuals in need, which he feels is paramount in the wake of elevated tension between citizens and police. He hopes his work in the community will strengthen the message that the police seek to advance community relations, not diminish it.

Equally important to Bond is sharing his knowledge with young officers. While Bond says there is no official mentoring program, he believes everyday communication is pivotal.

“He is a leader by example and a mentor to junior officers by choice,” said Col. Elmer Setting.

“I think the longer that you are on a job where you get the education and the knowledge, you understand what it takes to be successful, and anytime you have an opportunity to share the information, especially someone who is new, to help them navigate through those first few years on the Police Department, then you should,” Bond said.

Bond attributes this attitude to Bryant.

“I saw the way he took me under his wing and several other people and he showed us, 'This is what you need to do,'" Bond said. "I didn’t look at him at the time like ‘this is a mentor,’ but when I look back on it, when I look back at what he did and how he has always taken time, to this day, to educate me on what to do and what not to do and how to handle certain situations, I think that that goes a long way and for me. I try and do the same thing."

The announcement of Bond's promotion came at the New Castle County Police Academy graduation and caught him by surprise, stating that since he has been with the department, no promotions had been announced during the ceremony. After an initial reaction of nervousness, he recalled, "my knees were shaking." It was the gathering in the New Castle County headquarters conference room renamed in Cpl. Snow's honor that brought his achievement and his career in law enforcement full circle.

Bond remains grateful for the opportunity given to him decades ago. He’s appreciative of his parents, his family and all of the relationships he’s made along the way, and he attributes all the success he’s achieved in the department to those who helped him in his career.

“I’m humbled by it,” Bond said of the promotion. “[And] I really hope that it serves as an inspiration to others that with hard work, surrounding yourself with good people [and] being disciplined, that you can achieve what you set out to do. And I know that sounds cliché, but the fact of the matter is, that’s what it takes.”

Contact Alonzo Small at (302) 324-2856 or asmall@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @P_AlonzoSmall.

Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr. 


In the picture(right)  you can see all the mail coming and going in and out of the prisons.  I (Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr.) am a volunteer and go in and out of Prisons visiting inmates trying to make a difference in their lives.

Rev. Ty is responsible for Earl having this Department of Corrections Badge.  He ran CTAC (Churches Take A  Corner) under Governor Minnor when she was in office.  Earl Volunteered out of CTAC's office for Rev. Ty.

The white car in back of the taxi is taking him to where he has to go to pick up his fare.  Harriet Crossfire TC (he is under this code (21)) working.  

As mentioned before you must have valid ID to drive.

Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr. 

In the picture(right)  you can see all the mail coming and going in and out of the prisons.  I (Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr.) am a volunteer and go in and out of Prisons visiting inmates trying to make a difference in their lives.

These two guys are already code 21 leave them alone.

This Guard is Code 21 he is working right now sitting and watching.  He sits watching the shop from across the street at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.


It must be boring but necessary and a thankless job but we thank them all for being there every day.

These people are working as well they also are Code 21. 

Greyhound Lines are on board with us, they are working to keep things safe.

This is the ring leader of the group the rest are all working with us to help solve this problem.  The picture below him is of his posse ready to go to work or follow him to wherever.

I have put in for a grant to hire over one hundred (100) men in Washing D.C. in the Justice Department to try and make this happen.  If it does not happen maybe then you all can finance it.
FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/

Police Reinforcement in New Castle and Wilmington Delaware

State and County Police

The county and the state have different police stations all over in different areas.  They need laborers and people that are street wise to clean and maintain the buildings and the landscape and to just be there being alert, using common sense to the needs of the community in the county.
Then the county and state will send some of them into Wilmington to do the same thing in the city.  It’s getting bad out there you ’all we need some help there.  Just tell them Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr. (#21) referred you if you are one who is willing to participate.

Code: (Harriet Tubman Crossfire TC 21)

You know Harriet Tubman worked with the government to help solve things they needed help with.

U.S. Government: https://www.justice.gov/

County Police: http://www.nccde.org/238/Police

State Police: http://dsp.delaware.gov/

FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/

Homeland Security: https://www.dhs.gov/

 US Customs and Border Protection: https://www.cbp.gov/

Law Enforcement Agencies in Washington D.C.: http://www.policelocator.com/dc/

Washington D.C. Sheriff Office: http://www.policelocator.com/dc/

Washington D.C. Fire Department: http://www.iaff36.org/index.cfm?section=1

New Castle County Official Website: http://www.nccde.org/

Wilmington Delaware Police Department:


Wilmington Delaware Sheriff Office: http://www.nccde.org/167/Sheriffs-Office

River and Bay Authority: http://www.drba.net/

Amtrak: https://www.amtrak.com/home

Septa: http://www.septa.org/
Greyhound Lines: https://www.greyhound.com/
Buses Wilmington Delaware: http://dartfirststate.com/
University of Delaware: https://www.udel.edu/

Wilmington Delaware Fire Department:


(Called and said they wanted to be included in this Group)

* We need people with a valid ID, Taxi Cab Drivers, Security Guards and just plain Drivers to run miscellaneous errands. * - * All these individuals must have Valid Driver’s License to be considered for work. *

"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?" That is right folks! The police are starting to crack down EVERYWHERE! Cameras are being installed on street corners in downtown areas, some are even equipped with microphones. More drug programs are being enforced by the law. Citizens and government alike say enough is enough with all the drugs these days. It has become a nation-wide epidemic. Kids are over dosing on pills, heroin, and even methamphetamine. This is not a quality of life for intelligent, human beings to be living. Drugs lead to a closed off, lonely "life", if you can even call being high 24/7 living. With the help of the community and your local police officers, hopefully we can crack down on this tragic way for so many lost people.

Queen Anne's County, Maryland Sheriff's Department


New Castle County, Delaware Police Department:  http://www.nccde.org/238/Police

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


New Castle Police Department


Elsmere Police Department

Delaware State Police Department


Homeland Security


Amtrak Police Department


Delaware City Police Department

Washington County, Maryland Police Department


University of Delaware Police Department