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Robert Coupe

Cabinet Secretary Department of Safety and Homeland Security
State of Delaware


On January 25, 2017, Robert Coupe was appointed by Governor John Carney as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, where his mission is protecting the safety of people and property in Delaware. As Secretary, he oversees eleven divisions, which include the Delaware State Police, the Capitol Police, the Division of Alcohol Tobacco Enforcement, Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Division of Gaming Enforcement, Office of Highway Safety, the Division of Forensic Science, the Division of Communications and two Councils that advocate for persons with disabilities.

Secretary Coupe has spent over thirty-four years serving the citizens of the State of Delaware, to include serving as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) under Governor Jack Markell from March 2013 to January 2017.

Prior to serving as Commissioner for DOC, Secretary Coupe served with the Delaware State Police (DSP), retiring in 2012, after 28 years of service to the Division. He served as the Superintendent during his last 3 ½ years of service with the DSP. As a State Trooper, he worked in a wide variety of assignments to include: Detective in the Major Crimes and Homicide Units; Drill Instructor at the Training Academy; Patrol Sergeant; Investigator with the Internal Affairs Unit; and as a Troop Commander. Before his appointment as the Superintendent, he was the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Unit for DSP operations in New Castle County and oversaw thirteen Special Units comprised of 85 Detectives.

Secretary Coupe attended the FBI National Academy 211th Session and the FBI Leadership in Counterterrorism Pacific Program in 2010-2011. Secretary Coupe earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University and an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delaware Technical and Community College.


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