Hafer joins St. Michaels Po­lice Depart­ment

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @chrisp_ star­dem. Email me at cpolk@ star­dem.com.

— A new face will be seen pa­trolling the streets among St. Michaels’ finest begin­ning this sum­mer.

Pa­trol­man 1st Class Toby Hafer was sworn into the St. Michaels Po­lice Depart­ment at the St. Michaels Com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing on Wed­nes­day evening, July 12.

Hafer grad­u­ated from Lau­rel High School in Delaware, tried his hand work­ing in Dewey Beach for sev­eral sea­sons and did well-drilling for the A.C. Schultes com­pany in Bridgeville be­fore en­ter­ing the Air Force.

In the U.S. Air Force, Hafer was a mem­ber of the 512th Se­cu­rity Forces Squadron and was the head of a train­ing divi­sion at Dover Air Force Base.

Af­ter mil­i­tar y ser vice, he de­cided to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer and went to train­ing at the Eastern Shore Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Acad­emy, grad­u­at­ing in 2014.

He comes to St. Michaels af­ter nearly four years at the Easton Po­lice Depart­ment.

“We are for­tu­nate to get him,” St. Michaels Po­lice Chief An­thony Smith said.

Hafer will re­place Cpl. Allen Muir, who re­tired on June 1 af­ter 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence.

The chief said St. Michaels has bud­geted 10 po­lice of­fi­cers and, with the hir­ing of Hafer, there will be eight on the force.

“We will ac­tu­ally need two more,” Smith said. He said he is re­cruit­ing right now.

Smith said Hafer will be get­ting ac­cli­mated in the next sev­eral weeks and has some vig­or­ous train­ing ahead of him.

“St. Michaels is a high tourism town,” Smith said. “We do a lot of com­mu­nity polic­ing down here — a tremen­dous amount.”

He also said Hafer is join­ing the force at a good time, since there are changes and im­prove­ments go­ing on for the St. Michaels Po­lice Depart­ment.

“We are look­ing for­ward to build­ing a new po­lice sta­tion,” Smith said.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK St. Michaels Po­lice Chief An­thony Smith wel­comes Pfc. Toby Hafer to the po­lice depart­ment. Hafer was sworn in at the St. Michaels Com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, July 12.

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