A new initiative to build relationships between police officers and Wilmington youth has been announced by Police Chief Robert J. Tracy. Warner Elementary School will pilot the “Cops and Kids After School” program, with leadership from Corporal Semaja Banks, who has been assigned to the school’s patrol district since graduating from the Wilmington Police Academy.
Mayor Mike Purzycki congratulated the Chief and Corporal on this initiative which was inspired largely by conversations with Dr. Terrance Newton, who served as Warner Elementary’s principal prior to his death earlier this year.
Chief Tracy explained: “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Dr. Newton’s legacy than following through on a police-community initiative that he was passionate about launching… Our officers continue to build strong relationships with Wilmingtonians of all ages, and we look forward to seeing this program grow.”
The 10-week-long program will include meetings with police officers, physical activities, training, learning sessions, and more. Topics will include:
- Conflict resolution
- Crime scene investigation
- Drug awareness
- First aid
- Canine Unit operations
- Criminal investigations
- Explosive and bomb investigations
- Hostage Negotiation and Crisis Management
- Arson and fire safety
- Internet safety
“It is an honor to incorporate ‘Cops and Kids’ in the Warner After-School Program. I cannot think of a better way to build positive relationships and reiterate to students that law enforcement officers are here for our protection,” said Warner Elementary Principal Kimberly G. Bruinton. “What a wonderful way to honor Dr. Newton and his legacy at Warner.”