Master Corporal Alvin Boardley Retires after 35 Years of Distinguished Service

Posted on  12/11/2013 12:21 pm

Photo of Master Corporal Alvin BoardleyOn December 12th, 2013 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Master Corporal Alvin Boardley will conclude 35 years of service with a walk out ceremony at Wilmington Police Headquarters.

In the early 1970’s, while attending Bancroft Middle School, Alvin Boardley began the process of fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a Wilmington police officer when he joined the Department’s Explorer Program under Sergeant Ray Campbell. Boardley wanted to become a Wilmington police officer like his grandfather, Alvin “Light” Boardley, who served the City of Wilmington from 1940 to 1960. Boardley became a cadet on June 4, 1976. Two years later on July 4, 1978, he was selected to be a member of Wilmington’s 72nd Academy class. The Academy class was nicknamed “Harry’s Eighteen” as a tribute to then Police Chief Harry Manelski.

When Master Corporal Boardley became a sworn member of the Wilmington Police Department Jimmy Carter was President, Pierre S. du Pont IV was Governor, and William T. McLaughlin was the City’s Mayor.

During Boardley’s career, he has served in the Uniform Services Division, Criminal Investigations Division, the Community Policing unit, and as an undercover detective in the Street Crimes Unit. In addition, Boardley served as the Central Booking Officer, Court Liaison, and was assigned to the security detail for Mayor James Sills. Boardley has served the City of Wilmington under nine different police chiefs in his career.

“I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine. For the past 35 years I came to work every day as a Wilmington police officer to help people in the community in which I was raised. I’m honored to have been a part of this brotherhood and I will never forget the great times and wonderful experiences that we shared.”

Although Boardley is retiring from the Wilmington Police Department, he will continue to service our community as a Constable at the Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington Campus.

Master Corporal Boardley has two children who have recently graduated from college.