Hafer joins St. Michaels Police Department
— 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.