NCALL Research and HELP Initiative Inc. formed a teaming relationship with its Restoring Central Dover Public Safety Initiative called “Lights-on Dover Strong”.
Lights on Dover Strong took place during the summer 2017 with the mission to promote unity, decrease crime and improve communication between the police and the community. Funding was provided by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and light measures were purchased through The Home Depot. The LED dawn-to-dusk light and Solar powered flood lights were installed with supervision from the HELP Initiative and installation and outreach by Delaware State University and Wesley College interns as part of the HELP Initiative, Inc.’s workforce development and training program. The intent of this Lights-On Dover Strong Campaign was to replace old incandescent lighting on the front porch of homes, provide solar flood lights for areas where people with ill intent were gathering, and provide support to local law enforcement by illuminating high crime areas. Fourteen blocks with the inclusion of 400 homes were chosen to participate in the campaign. At the end of the program a block party was thrown to commemorate residents’ participation in the program. Staff member, Dashayna Brown, was interviewed at that party. See the video below.
The Lights on Seaford Strong campaign aims to reduce concentrated areas of criminal activity and improve public safety by utilizing energy efficient lighting measures. This campaign will also provide education and awareness about how to reduce energy burden in the home and provide a roadmap for improving the health and safety of its occupants. The Lights-On Seaford Strong Campaign will be planned and managed by the HELP Initiative, Inc. in partnership with the City of Seaford, DEMEC, Seaford Police Department, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, Habitat for Humanity, NCALL, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, United Seaford, and The Home Depot. This collective street by street community campaign will educate and empower residents to increase public awareness of criminal activity, save energy, and demonstrate a unified community approach toward public safety in the City of Seaford neighborhoods. The “Lights-On Seaford Strong” Campaign will be conducted during the Fall of 2018 and target approximately 400 homes within the Seaford target area. Please contact Harold Stafford at the number above who is the primary point of contact for this initiative.