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Prosecutors have pledged to retry Pocomoke City’s first black police chief Kelvin Sewell for failure to cite a driver who hit two parked cars despite strong support for his community policing strategy

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Chief Kelvin Sewell is a graduate of Coppin State University where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1987. While at Coppin, Chief Sewell met Rhonda Matthews a Nursing student. They were both married after graduating from Coppin and they have two children Ashley and Kandace Sewell.

After graduating from Coppin State University, Chief Sewell joined The Baltimore City Police Department and spent 22 1/2 years there until his retirement in November 2010.

While at Baltimore City Police, Chief Sewell worked in several specialized units. He was supervisor of the Integrity Unit for The Internal Affairs Section. He was also supervisor of the narcotics unit along with five additional years with DEA as a task force/undercover officer. His last assignment was with The Baltimore City Homicide Section where he supervised detectives who investigated homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths, kidnappings, abductions and police involved shooting incidents.

Chief Sewell is a highly decorated Officer who received two bronze stars, five commendations, The Governors award for Officer of the year in 1995, two House of Delegates award for Officer of the year etc.

Chief Sewell is also the author of a five star book called WHY DO WE KILL. This book talks about some of his most high profile homicide cases he investigated including the famous John's Hopkins Hospital shooting of a doctor in 2010.