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Delaware Senate Confirms New Homeland Security Director

David B. Mitchell was sworn in as the new Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday, immediately following his confirmation by the state Senate. Priorly, Mitchell, 53, served as superintendent of the Maryland State Police, the seventh largest state law enforcement agency in the country, with more than 2,500 employees. In that position, he was the primary law enforcement advisor to then-Gov. Parris Glendenning and a member of the governor’s cabinet. After September 11, 2001, Mitchell chaired the Governor’s Homeland Security Work Group, creating legislation and revising procedures and plans to better prepare and protect Maryland. He created the “Cease Fire” initiative, aimed at reducing gun crime in Maryland. Mitchell established the first statewide domestic violence and intervention and investigation team. He also implemented new initiatives in computer crimes, labor relations, DNA forensic investigations and community policing. Full Story

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