Neighborhood Police Perform Community Service

Posted on  01/22/2013 11:15 am

Location:

  • 10th and Bennett Streets, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2012, at 12:00 p.m.

Summary:

Friday afternoon at 12:00 p.m., Master Corporal Richard H. Press and Officer Cynthia Aman of the Neighborhood Policing Unit, removed the candle lit, teddy bear memorial located at 10th and Bennett Streets and replaced it with a placard.

Family and friends set up a memorial in memory of a shooting victim in the 1000 block of Bennett Street. Members of the community have expressed how memorials can become unsightly and unsanitary when they’re not cared for and remain at locations for an unreasonable length of time. Subsequently, the Public Works Department will not remove memorials due to the fear of retaliation from families and friends of the deceased.

The Neighborhood Policing Unit, Lieutenant Gregory Ciotti and Master Sergeant Walter Ferris felt this is a time when community policing is necessary. “We wanted to compromise between the victim’s family and the community. We’ve decided to assist the city with the removal of the memorials and with consent, hang the placard in its place.”