Local law enforcement come up with a plan so that officers remain visible to deter crime.
“The citizens and guests of the city and county must be provided the best services and protections regardless of where they travel,” said New Castle County Police Chief Colonel E.M. Setting.
In the wake of the stabbing death of 27-year-old Thomas Cottingham at Rodney Square on Monday night, the Wilmington Police Department and New Castle County have partnered up once again regarding crime.
According to investigators, Cottingham was attacked by Calvin Hooker who allegedly tried to harm a young mother and her infant child at a bus stop. Hooker is now behind bars.
The incident prompted a meeting between Wilmington Police Chief Bobby L. Cummings and Chief Setting. As a result, a county unit will be deployed in the Rodney Square area as well as other communities in Wilmington where crime is a concern.
“We will continue to provide exceptional police service to all communities in New Castle County, and look forward to supporting the Wilmington Police Department’s mission through the use of our specialized units,” Setting said.
Also, this week the Wilmington City Council unanimously voted on Thursday to approve an additional Victim Services Specialist within the Wilmington Police Department.
If approved by members of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the grant will be dispursed over a period of three years. Wilmington Police already provides services to victims of violent crime and to the families of homicide victims but the new role strengthens services.
Currently there are four civilians within the unit. If approved there will be a total of five counselors on staff to help more victims with direct support.