Community Programs

Officers at a community program
The Community Services Unit provides programs and presentations free of charge to any civic, church, or community group in New Castle County. Most presentations are 30 minutes to one hour in length. To schedule a program, please call the Community Services Unit at 302-395-8050.

New Castle County Explorers
If you are between 14 and 20 and interested in a career in Law Enforcement, check out the New Castle County Explorers flyer for information on the program and how to apply. You can submit completed membership applications via email.

Personal Safety Program
Personal Safety promotes safety and awareness in areas such as the home, vehicle, retail stores, and on the street. This program can be customized for any group. 

We have a few tips to deter burglars and thieves from targeting your home and vehicle through one of our Crime Prevention Series-Burglary Prevention or Thefts from Motor Vehicles videos.  

Community Watch Program
This program provides training to organize mobile patrols. These patrols are strictly designed to act as eyes and ears for the New Castle County Police. Training and certification is completed through two one-hour sessions.

Block Watch Program
This program is presented to any civic association or residential group and follows the same format as the community watch program. Instead of mobile patrols, a telephone network will be set up to create a flow of information between the community and the police.

Child Watch Program
This program is presented to children of all ages and their parents. The purpose of this program is to establish "safe houses" within the community. Instruction is provided on what to do in difficult situations which may help while walking home from school or playing outside.

Heroin Alert Program
This is a drug prevention program that illustrates the consequences of drug abuse in our communities. The program is continually updated due to the increase of heroin sales and use in the state of Delaware. Heroin Alert is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Realtor Safety Program
This is a dual-purpose program. It provides personal safety information that is unique to the realtor, as well as proper reporting procedures when the realtor observes criminal or suspicious behavior.

Ident-a-Kid
This program is provided to children from infancy to 15 years of age. It is designed to help identify a child who may be separated from his/her family, either accidentally or intentionally. A kit is supplied to the parent which has the personal data of the child, a photograph, and a full set of fingerprints and DNA samples. The kit should be kept in a safe place by the child's parent or legal guardian.

Officer Friendly
This program is presented to children of all ages, usually by a uniformed officer with a marked police vehicle. Topics such as how to identify a police officer, the duties of a police officer, and a safety talk are covered. McGruff the Crime Dog often accompanies an Officer Friendly at community events. This program is designed to present a uniformed police officer in a setting that is not intimidating for the child. If a child ever needs the assistance of the police, he/she should not be afraid to ask.

Home & Business Security Surveys
These surveys are designed to point out security risks or hazards. A physical survey of the site will be conducted. Recommendations will then be offered on ways to eliminate these problem areas.

Home Security Program
Many homes are burglarized based on accessibility. This program introduces techniques and devices to better improve the security of your home.

Business Security Program
This program highlights safe business practices tailored to any type of business.

Child Safety / Stranger Danger
This program is primarily presented to children 4 to 10 years of age by uniformed officer. The children are informed on how to identify and avoid dangerous situations and "good touch, bad touch."

Bicycle Safety
This program is presented to children of all ages and involves bicycle safety tips with a review of the laws governing bicycle riding and the bicycle helmet.

Bicycle Rodeo Program
This program is presented to children of all ages and involves the use of obstacle courses to enhance the rider's skills.

Youth & the Law
This program is a discussion for junior and senior high school students covering local ordinances, state statutes, and punishment categories relating to juveniles.

Senior Roll Call
This is a telephone reassurance program which calls senior citizens or home-bound residents on a daily basis with a prerecorded safety message. The program is monitored to ensure the Senior Roll Call member answers the telephone and is OK.

Senior Citizen Safety
This informative program consists of home security information, insight into "flimflam" scams, ideas on increasing protection from street crime, and general safety tips while at home or away.

Rape & Assault Prevention Program
This program is particularly popular with women's groups. It was researched and designed to enhance awareness to minimize risk and victimization situations.

Police Athletic League (PAL) Center
PAL offers children ages 9 to 18 recreational and educational programs.

Back to School / Latchkey Child Program
This program is designed to give both parents and children safety tips to avoid problems going to and from school. In addition, it provides safety measures for children who are the last to leave home in the morning or who return to an empty house in the afternoon.

Drug & Alcohol Awareness
This program is modified for any age level. The program uses a display of various drug look alike and drug paraphernalia to familiarize the audience with their appearance and method of gestation.

DUI Prevention Program
This program is consists of DUI laws, their penalties, and arrest procedures.

Driving Safety Program
This program is presented to adults to teach them defensive driving techniques to avoid accidents and scenarios involving "road rage," as well as how to safely operate a vehicle in inclement weather.

Vehicle Stop Program
This program is offered to enhance pubic perception and provide an insight of police procedures when an officer conducts a vehicle stop. Topics outlined include:
  • The possible reasons for a stop
  • Ways to keep the lines of communication open
  • Tactical and safety precautionary measures the officer may take
  • How to identify a genuine law enforcement officer versus an impersonator
Carjacking Prevention Program
This program emphasizes safety preparations prior to getting behind the wheel. It helps to recognize suspicious activity while driving and offers a safe response to any potential threat of carjacking.

Holiday Safety Program
This program introduces methods to protect persons and property during the holiday seasons such as safe shopping techniques.

Gun Safety Program
This program, coordinated through the Human Resource Unit by range instructors, is presented to teenagers and adults teaching safe handling and proper storage of guns.

Vacation Safety Program
This program is presented to offer various procedures to follow while on vacation. It includes personal safety tips for while you are home or staying at a resort.

Halloween Safety Program
This program prepares children and their parents who will be trick-or-treating for possible misadventures. Safety measures include those topics unique to Halloween such as:
  • Close examination of treats received
  • Safe costumes
  • Stranger danger
Career Day Program
This program involves an officer speaking in classrooms or at job fairs explaining the application procedure, career possibilities, salaries, benefits, and minimum requirements to become a New Castle County police officer.

Youth Police Academy
This program is offered to juveniles ages 15 through 17. It consists of nine weekly meetings which last two hours. The academy abbreviates and mirrors that which academy police recruits attend. Sessions highlight a variety of police topics such as domestic violence, conflict resolution, vehicle stops, youth and the law, and evidence detection.

Explorer Post 905
This program is available to juveniles and young adults between the ages of 14 and 21. The Explorer Post is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and is overseen by the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit. The post meets twice a month to discuss various criminal justice issues. The members volunteer their time at community events to gain credits toward a ride-along with patrol officers and law enforcement-related field trips.

Community Meetings / Events
Officers attend meetings for civic associations, block / community watch groups, community groups, and a variety of community events. They address the concerns of the residents, discuss current crime trends, and offer suggestions for resolving their problems and implementing a solution.

Citizen Advisory Councils
New Castle County has been divided up into four geographical districts (North, Central, West, and South), each of which has an Advisory Council. Council meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. Each council works with the officers assigned to their area on community policing projects and quality of life issues. Members typically include community members, civic association leaders, and community / block watch participants.