Delaware Association of Police (DAP)
Early in 1942, the officers of various police departments inDelawaretried to join a union, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), but were denied by their departmental leaders. It was at this time that the officers decided to form their own association and they called it “The Police Association of Delaware.”
Charter – “Whereas: By association we have facility of mutual interchange of thought, information and the experience of each becomes common to all which always results in the higher development of our intellectual, moral and social faculties and enables us to share in the gain and honors of advancing civilization. Therefore, we, the members of the various Police Departments of this State, convinced that it is to the best interest of our members, hereby unite under the name of the Police Association of Delaware. And believing that intelligence, industry and normal worth are the true standards of greatness, do hereby pledge ourselves to use all honorable means to promote sociability and fraternity among the members of this Association.”
On 6 June 1942, when this Association received a State of Delaware Certificate of Incorporation, the name was then changed to the Delaware Association of Police with a listed address of 1604 ½ Howland Street-Wilmington,Delaware.
The following Executive Board Members of the Delaware Association of Police were signers of the Certificate of Incorporation:
Paul Andrick, Martin McMahon, Arthur L. Bradshaw,
Thomas Hutson, Max Benson, Percival Ness,
Charles Hollahan, Samuel Keenan, Herman Hughes,
Notes of interest in 1942:
*At this time the badge logo was formed with the name of the association, the Delaware State Seal and Wilmington Lodge #1. D.A.P. dues were $1.00 per month or $12.00 annually.
*D.A.P. regular meetings were held twice monthly; on the first and second Wednesday of each month, and then on the third and forth Wednesday for two meetings per month.
*On meeting nights, no ladies were allowed in the building.
*However, the women did form a “Ladies Auxiliary” of this association
*he annual salary ofWilmington’s Chief of Police was $4,815.00. (Plus the Chief did not have a take home car or even a car assigned to him!)•
*The annual salary of a Police Captain was $3,581.00. •
*The annual salary of a Grade “A” Patrolman was $2,631.00. •
*The annual salary of a Regular Patrolman was $2,446.00 •
*The Delaware Association of Police is an organization for Police Officers managed by active & retired Police Officers for the State, County, Town, City or Municipality.
*For more current events and what is happened at the DAP, go to the DAP website. www.dapclub.org