Welcome to Blue Knights Delaware Chapter I!
Delaware Chapter I came about in 1983 when officers, mostly from the Wilmington Department of Police, got together for the purpose of starting a Blue Knight Chapter within our state. The word quickly spread throughout the various law enforcement agencies in the area and, within a very short time, we submitted our package to the International Office in Maine requesting membership.
We were subsequently chartered on August 22, 1983, with 18 regular members representing 3 police departments. Our current membership represents 69 officers from the Wilmington Department of Police, New Castle County Police, Department of Corrections, Delaware State Police, Newark Police Department, Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department, Delaware State Fire Police, Delaware State Capital Police, the State of Delaware Attorney Generals Office, Philadelphia Police Department, Lewes Police Department, Darby Township Police, New Jersey State Department of Corrections, Drug Enforcement Administration, Dover Delaware Police Department, Elsmere Police, Ocean City New Jersey Police Department, Montgomery County Maryland Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police Department, and the State of Delaware Justice of the Peace Constables.
Just like all other Blue Knight Chapters, Delaware Chapter I promotes the sport of motorcycling as well as all safety aspects involved with it. In addition, we support local charities with their functions throughout the year. For the past 29 years, we have hosted our annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride on the 2nd Sunday of November with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army's Emergency Housing Center. Due to the fact that our Toy Run continues to grow each year, we had to move the meeting location from the Delaware Association of Police Hall in Wilmington to the Mill Creek Fire Hall which is located about 4 miles outside of Wilmington on RT 2. In addition to our Toy Run, we also host the annual "Ride to the Tide" to benefit the Special Olympics. This ride is normally held in April, stages in Newark and Dover, and terminates in Dewey Beach.