Seasonal employee no longer with Rehoboth police after racially charged social media post

June 28, 2020

An off-duty seasonal employee is no longer working with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department after police say a racially based post was put on social media by the employee.

Rehoboth police became aware of the post early afternoon June 27 through internal law enforcement resources who alerted officials about the inappropriate post, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.

“While the post has been widely circulated, we will not amplify this type of unprofessional and discourteous behavior by repeating what was said or sharing the image,” Riddle said. “This incident has been investigated and the employee is no longer a member of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.” 

Riddle said each member of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, both sworn and civilian, is expected to abide by a code of ethics. This code of ethics demands that they keep their private lives unsullied as an example to all and behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to themselves or the agency, he said.  

“Unfortunately, that was not the case today; however, the actions of one do not discredit the positive contributions that so many of our members make to our community on a daily basis,” Riddle said. “The Rehoboth Beach Police Department would like to reassure our citizens and visitors that racism has no place within our community and will not be tolerated.  It is our hope that the efficient investigation and adjudication of this incident demonstrates our mission to enhance public safety by working with our diverse community to improve their quality of life.” 

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