Melissa Moore, Social Worker, (910) 343-3699, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Social Worker is available for residents to call to obtain resource or referral information. The Social Worker also assists victims and family members during crisis such as juveniles with mental health, substance abuse, or delinquency issues. In addition, the Social Worker will respond to assist Juvenile detectives in connecting residents with the appropriate services. Schedule and conduct meetings with youth and their families to determine the need for diversionary plans and assessment. Deliver presentations to various City and professional groups regarding youth violence issues. Liaison between Department of Juvenile Justice and the Wilmington Police Department. Provide information to officers in Basic Law Enforcement Training classes and Mandated Juvenile Minority Sensitivity Training classes each year on Juvenile issues.
Education and Outreach Programs
1. Cop Camp (Referrals received from NHCS school social worker’s and counselors)
The Wilmington Police Department has been running it’s cost free Cop Camp since 1995. Cop camp is designed to provide children with an opportunity to positively interact with law enforcement personnel. We make every effort to reach a diverse group of children that really deserve this type of fun experience and give them an alternative to socializing on the streets during the summer. Throughout the five days of camp children participate in recreational activities, field trips, educational experiences, and a community service project. Children leave Cop Camp with a mentor, new friends, and a positive impression of their local police.
2. Santa Cop (Referrals received from NHCS school social worker’s and counselors)
Santa Cop has been in existence for over 20 years at the Wilmington Police Department. Referrals are made based on determined criteria with priority going to those who have suffered from a parent/caregiver death, house fire, or significant family trauma. On “Santa Cop” day officers and civilians escort children and youth on a one-day shopping spree. The Santa Cop program is made possible by the generous donations of local individuals, businesses, and organizations. As a result of local donations breakfast is also provided to the families prior to the shopping spree.
3. Diversion Programs for 1st Time Juvenile Offenders
- Why Try Program
- Ethics and Choices
Offered Upon Request for Community Groups and Classes
4. WPD Summer Incentive Reading Program for Kids
5. Violence Prevention
6. Parent Education Groups (Active Parenting for Teens)
7. Personal Safety (Talking about Touching)
8. Internet Safety Classes and seminars