The Delaware State Police partnered with the Criminal Justice Council and the First State Community Action Agency of Sussex County to organize a fun day for children of local communities in Sussex County, Delaware yesterday. This event took place at the Jungle Jim’s–River Safari Water Park in Rehoboth Beach.
Troopers worked closely with the Lingo family, owners of the water park, as well as the Criminal Justice Council, which generously provided admission, lunch, ice cream and a pavilion for everyone to use for the day. Totaling the children, troopers and chaperones, approximately 80 people participated.
First State Community Action Agency arranged transportation to and from the water park through two school buses provided by Perry Transportation. At the conclusion of the event, troopers conducted a bullying-prevention and school safety presentation.
Throughout the entire day, the children were very well-behaved and represented their families and communities well. One of the children, very happy and having fun going down a water slide, was heard saying in disbelief, “That Trooper just went down a water slide with me.” At the day’s end, they said they had a “ton of fun” and did not realize or see this side of police officers.
“The support and generosity of the Lingo family at Jungle Jim's made the event one to remember,” said organizer Corporal Matthew Blakeman.