This unit was formed in 1976 as the Crime Prevention Unit and was aimed at reducing residential crimes. Today, the unit has specialists trained in a wide variety of safety and security concerns, and it offers 37 programs to the public upon request. These programs run the gamut from watch programs (e.g., community, block, radio, Realtor) to safety programs (e.g., personal, child, senior citizen, bicycle, driving, holiday, gun, vacation, pool, Halloween). Prevention programs (e.g., rape and assault, D.U.I., carjacking) are also provided. The Community Services Unit currently operates and oversees several vibrant, continuing programs.
Additional opportunities within this unit include:
•Police Athletic League (PAL) Officers - Officers work with 7,000 youth PAL members in a variety of prevention-based academic, athletic, & self-esteem building activities at the PAL centers in New Castle and Hockessin.
•Walking & Bike Patrol Officers - Specialized officers patrol on foot or on bike in certain communities.
While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.