NEW CASTLE-- New Castle Police Chief Charles Ferry was a member of the New Castle Police for 25 years before becoming chief in June 2009. When he took the reins during the height of the succession, he had some difficult personnel decisions to make.
“I took over when the economy was not doing well and we had to make a lot of budgetary cuts,” said Ferry. “Despite that, we still provide the same service to New Castle.”
During that period two years ago, New Castle police used response times and the number of the officers needed and backup for each response to calculate the necessary number of officers. Ferry decreased his force size from 42 to 37 officers
“Despite being down five officers we still cover the 24 square miles of New Castle,” Ferry said. “It’s tough sometimes because it could be 15 or 20 minutes from one side to the other.”
Since his tenure began in 2009, Ferry has made numerous improvements to the New Castle Police Department website, allowing residents access to important forms and contacts. Ferry is currently working on an online police report feature which allows citizens of New Castle to report non-emergencies like lost, stolen or damaged property, suspicious or harassing phone calls, identity theft, traffic concern and suspicious activity from anywhere with a secure internet connection.
“We’re going to create a kiosk at the front desk to enter information there as well. We’re actually going to roll it out in test mode today (Tuesday),” Ferry said. “People see police cars and they want to know what’s going on. If they could look online to see what happened it calms a lot of nerves. It’s important for the people on the block to know.”
Ferry began in civil service in 1983 in his hometown of Tuckahoe. After a year on the Tuckahoe police force, he joined the force in New Castle and hasn’t looked back since.
“At the time I was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the volunteer ambulance corps so I was interested in public service,” Ferry said. “This is a civil service position so I can stay here as long as I want. I plan on staying until I retire.”