Department of Safety & Homeland Security
On January 25, 2017, Robert Coupe was confirmed 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 eight divisions, which include the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Capitol Police, Gaming Enforcement, Highway Safety, and two Councils that advocate for persons with disabilities.
Secretary Coupe has spent thirty-two years serving the citizens of the State of Delaware, most recently serving as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) from 2013 to 2017. As Commissioner, he oversaw Delaware’s correctional system, leading an agency with 2,500 employees who are responsible for the 6,500 incarcerated offenders in the Department’s 11 facilities and 15,000 offenders in the community under the supervision of Probation and Parole.
Prior to joining Governor Jack Markell’s Cabinet 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.