The Wilmington Police Department hopes to build stronger relationships with community members by hosting three community resource fairs throughout the month of September.
The fairs will build off the success of the National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships.
The events will feature police officers representing a range of assignments and positions as well as partner agencies and organizations that serve the city and its residents.
Mayor Mike Purzycki and police Chief Robert Tracy said in a press release Monday that the fairs will bring police officers and the public together in a relaxed and fun-filled setting.
Attendees will be able to meet and interact with police officers from various divisions and units of the department.
Members of the K-9 Unit will conduct demonstrations with their dogs and there will be presentations by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Crisis Management Tactical Team, Special Operations Division, Mobile Command Post, Traffic Unit, and Uniformed Services Division.
Members of the department’s recruitment team will be present with information about career opportunities with the Wilmington Police Department.
The Victim Services Unit and Youth Response Unit will be at the fairs to share information about resources and services available for those affected by crime and violence. Parents will be able to obtain free identification cards for their children.
Dates and locations for the WPD Community Resource Fairs include:
- Thursday, September 8 from 4-6 p.m. – Sector 1 – Brown-Burton-Winchester Park
- Thursday, September 15 from 4-6 p.m. – Sector 2 – Helen Chambers Park
- Thursday, September 22 from 4-6 p.m. – Sector 3 – Kosciuszko Park
Partner organizations that are participating in these events include:
- Wilmington Fire Department
- Wilmington Office of Emergency Management
- Group Violence Intervention
- United States Attorney’s Office
- Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Delaware Department of Justice
- Delaware Department of Correction
- Delaware CrimeStoppers
- St. Francis Emergency Medical Services
- Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
- Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families
There will also be free food including Grotto Pizza as well as activities and safety-related giveaways.
“We are excited to organize these Community Resource Fairs in each of our three sectors with an eye towards connecting residents with resources that can support and uplift our communities,” Tracy said in a press release. “We hope you will be able to attend these gatherings, interact with some of our police officers and learn about services available to our residents.”
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