CRISFIELD — On his last official day as Crisfield’s police chief David Dalfonso joined his successor, city officials and Crisfield Housing Authority (CHA) representatives to formally dedicate a new substation at 134 Somers Cove.
This arrangement, made possible by the CHA, is not new to the CPD but replaces one that police had available to them several years ago in a different unit.
“I’m glad to see this finally happening,” said Mark Konapelsky, CHA board chair. And with this partnership it might lead to future funding opportunities on joint projects.
CHA Executive Director Don Bibb said over the last couple of years there’s been a really good relationship developed with the police chief, and placing a substation in what was the worst crime area should see incidents go down even more. “Partnerships make it work,” he said, adding that he’s glad to have the officers onsite.
Mayor Barry Dize said the police department changed from tactical-style law enforcement to community policing with the hiring of Chief Dalfonso following the retirement of Chief Mike Tabor. And Capt. Rick Taylor — who served in the interim after Chief Tabor’s retirement — is now chief to continue in that fashion.
The substation will not have regular hours at this time but it is anticipated to serve as a welcoming place for residents and it might host events or in-service programs. It will also likely be a stop for the bike patrol.
It may also be used for surveillance in concert with the CHA installing new cameras which include facial recognition.
Although residents received a letter about the substation’s opening none were in attendance.
Chief Dalfonso said he is leaving his post here to take a position with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He noted that he wasn’t looking to go anywhere but when this “life-changing” opportunity was presented it was something he had to pursue.
The chief’s departure adds to a list of recent employee changes including the retirement of Ricky Lord and resignation of Dean Bozman from public works, the exit of Nelson Sheppard from code enforcement, and resignation of Brian Waller as the director of operations after only two months on the job.