Casting with Cops: Breaking Barriers, Developing Relationships
The Community Services unit of the New Castle County Police Department is always looking for new and fun ways to connect with the community. Recently, the department held a fishing event at a local park to bring people together for a day of fun.
Master Cpl. Gigliotti and Officer First Class Sorrels of the NCCPD Community Services unit proposed the idea and helped to coordinate the event.
"We wanted to propose something where we could get out and interact with kids," said Master Cpl. Gigliotti, "Maybe kids who don't get the chance to go fishing that often."
Officer First Class Sorrels says fishing has been a big part of his family. He recalls going fishing with his grandfather and continuing that tradition with his own children. "You can sit out and bond, and just get to talk," said OFC Sorrels, "no one else is around, you get to just talk about anything and suck nature in."
Local vendors and outdoor supply stores partnered with the Department to supply food and activities for the day. There was something for everyone in the family, from moon bounces to knot tying lessons. Master Cpl. Gigliotti says there were anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people at the event over the course of 4 hours.
"We thought it was going to be a first year, kind of a small turn out," said OFC Sorrels, "At one point I looked up and I looked at Corporal Gigliotti and I was like, 'oh my'".
The community also rallied behind the department. Kathy Keating works at Alfred G. Waters Middle School. When she found out about the event she wanted to make a donation in honor of someone special in her life who had passed. "My Brother-in-Law had recently passed, and in his obituary, instead of flowers, the family requested that you take a child fishing."
Keating collected donations from the school and others in the community. She was able to raise enough money to buy 27 rods and reels for the event, so that every child who attended could fish.
Both Master Cpl. Gigliotti and OFC Sorrels, as well as Keating, agreed that the event was a huge success and look forward to next year's event.
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