The leader of the Delaware State Police will retire effective December 21.  

Colonel Robert Coupe was appointed Superintendent by Governor Markell in July of 2009.  In a statement announcing his retirement, Coupe says, "I look back on my twenty-eight years of service to the State of Delaware fondly, and cherish the memories and the people I  met along the way.  It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Delaware as a Trooper with the Delaware State Police."

Coupe first joined the DSP in 1985 and has served as Troop Commander, Internal Affairs Investigator, Homicide Detective, and Training Officer.  He was also a member of the DSP Honor Guard Unit and a founding member of the DSP Pipes & Drums group.

Governor Markell says, "Colonel Coupe's leadership of the Delaware State Police the last four years has been exceptional, inspiring dedication and loyalty from senior leadership to the rank and file troopers."

During his tenure as Superintendent, Coupe oversaw the creation of the DSP Maritime Unit and the Mounted Patrol Unit, along with the installation of in-car cameras for about 200 State Police patrol cars.