The Commissioner's Office, including the executive staff, provides leadership, policy direction, moral guidance, monitoring of operations and support for ongoing activities related to the Department's mission and top priorities. Individual units within the Office of the Commissioner include Human Resources/Employee Development Center, Internal Affairs, Community Relations, and Media Relations.
Robert M. Coupe
Robert M. Coupe was sworn in as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) on March 19, 2013. He was nominated by Governor Jack Markell on March 1 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate on March 13.
Commissioner Coupe joined the DOC after retiring from the Delaware State Police (DSP) on December 20, 2012, after almost 28 years of service to the Division. At the time of his retirement, Coupe was the Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel. He was appointed to that position by Governor Markell on July 7, 2009. As Superintendent, he commanded 676 Troopers and 270 civilian employees.
Before his appointment as the Superintendent, Coupe was the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Unit for DSP operations in New Castle County and oversaw thirteen Special Units comprised of 85 Detectives.
Coupe began his DSP career in February 1985 and first served as a patrol trooper. After that time he worked in a wide variety of assignments, including a Detective in the Major Crimes and Homicide Units, a Drill Instructor at the Training Academy, a patrol Sergeant, an Investigator with the Internal Affairs Section, and a Troop Commander. He was a member of the Tactical Control Unit from 1991 to 1995 and he served in the DSP Honor Guard Unit from 1988 until 2008. In 2001 Coupe assisted in creating the DSP Pipes and Drums Unit and is still a bagpiper with the unit as a retiree.
Additionally, Coupe attended the FBI National Academy 211th Session in 2002 and the FBI Leadership in Counterterrorism Pacific Program in 2010-2011.
Coupe has an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delaware Technical Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University.
He and his wife, Pamela, have two children, Jocelyn and Tyler.
Internal Affairs is responsible for conducting investigations, completing background checks and reviewing complaints within the Department of Correction.
Community Relations represents the Department at community events and provides support services to schools, youth organizations and politicians.
Media Relations handles all media-related activities, keeping local, regional and national media and the public informed of departmental activities. Media Relations issues all Department press releases, organizes press events and conferences and serves as public spokesperson.