Citizens Anti-graffiti Brigade welcomes Camelot Home for Boys/Fiske Academy Captain Tom Barbas
The New Castle County Police Department is proud to join New Castle County Councilman Robert Weiner to expand his extremely successful Citizen Anti-Graffiti Brigade initiative. County Councilman Weiner led the creation of a citizen based program to clean up graffiti that is designed as a partnership between our state and county police, our schools, our civic associations and interested civic members.
Our newest "citizen captain", Captain Tom Barbas joins Captains RJ Miles, Isaac Walker and Phil Lavelle as part of Councilman Weiner’s Citizens Anti-graffiti Brigade Program, a successful public/private partnership launched in 2007 to combat the destructive force of graffiti vandals.
Councilman Weiner: "We welcome Tom Barbas and the young men of the Camelot Home for Boys to our elite corps of community volunteers. The addition of Tom Barbas and the Camelot Home for Boys provides these young men with a unique opportunity to learn citizenship skills while at the same time repaying their debt to society."
Councilman Cartier: "Graffiti removal will also help instill in them a sense of community pride and responsibility. I am proud to represent the Camelot School for Boys."
The June 23 meeting at Camelot which launched this new partnership included District 2 County Councilman Bob Weiner (Brandywine Hundred west and Greenville), County Councilman John Cartier, District 8 (Brandywine Hundred East), Captain Patrick Ogden, Delaware State Police Troop 1 Commander, Craig Weldon, Senior Lieutenant, New Castle County Police Department, Citizens Anti-graffiti Brigade 4 Captain Isaac Walker, DelDOT Manager George Hollis and other government officials and representatives.
Fiske Academy at Camelot (aka Camelot Home for Boys) is a 24 hour non-secure residential facility for adolescent boys awaiting trial on criminal charges at Family Court. Some of the clients are subsequently ordered for further placement at Camelot after they are adjudicated. Many of the youths in Camelot’s care are on juvenile probation and, as a consequence, owe hours of community service work. Tom Barbas: “These young men will now participate in the graffiti clean-up efforts to help them work off some of their community service obligations. Any clients participating will be carefully screened and supervised by Camelot staff at all times”.
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