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Barnett joins Rural {],ommunity Policing Unit from TJ'oop 4 By Kerry Kester Cpl. Wes Barnett of Delaware State Police Troop 4 is now a member of the Rural Community Policing Unit, based at Troop 7. The unit's primary function is to serve in the Strong Communities Initiative by providing police sup- port and resources for eight Sus- sex County communities that are in the process of improving their living conditions, eliminating crime, providing resources to resi- dents and enhancing educational opportunities for their youth. Barnett will serve as the liaison officer for Coverdale Crossroads, near Georgetown and New Hope, near Ellendale. Although all rural unit officers work within each community, each has an officer assigned as the liaison. Liaison officers develop close relationships with those who live in the communities. Barnett will not only use his policing skills while he works with the communities; he will also use his experience working with young people while he was pursu- ing his education. "When I was in college, I worked with a job training part- nership," said Barnett, explaining the job was essentially like being a summer counselor. His respon- sibilities included overseeing the teens who were involved in a work program. Barnett also substitute-taught 'students from kindergarten through 12th grade. "The young boys just latched on right away," he said. What he learned from that experience, said Barnett, is that one of the most im- portant needs for many young males is to have a good role mod- el. "That's a problem in society in general - the man is not taking on his role," said Barnett. "A lot of times, there's not a father figure at home. I can't fulfill i! liii being some- one's father, BARNETT but maybe someone will get up with me if they have a problem." Although Barnett anticipates some youngsters will perceive him in a role similar to a substitute father, he hopes many of the youth will realize, from interacting with him, that being a state trooper is a realistic goal for African-Ameri- can males. "If you've never seen a black trooper, you might think that it can't be," said Barnett. "But if they see me - get to know me - it will be real, and they'll have something to aspire to. "I came to this unit because I want to talk to people - I want to be in the communities. I want everybody to know me, to come to me if they have a problem." Barnett, a graduate of Delaware State University, holds a bachelor of science degree in political sci- ence. He has an associate degree in law enforcement from Gloucester County College in New Jersey and graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy. He attended high school in Bridgeton, N.J., graduating in 1987. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., whose mem- bers maintain their commitment to community service projects even after they graduate from college. Prior to his state police training, Barnett worked at Federal Correc- tional Institution in Fairton, N.J. After completing his state police field training at troops 6 and 9, he was assigned to Troop 4, where he has been a patrol officer since 1994. Barnett is a certified field train- ing officer who recently complet- ed a course for certification as a defensive driving instructor. With that certification, he will be responsible for teaching field training officers who train new troopers. He is also a certified Stalker dual moving radar instruc- tor. Barnett and his wife live in Mil- ford with their two children, a nine-year-old son and a two-year- old daughter. "The Country Life Professionals We Worked With Were 'A Class Act'" Final days Continued from page 14 won approval on both sides of Legislative Hall. The bill stipulates that the vehi- cle must be primarily kept in the state. Price said that it will serve those who have residence of record elsewhere, but who also have homes here where they keep cars or trucks for their use. Available Only At OAKWOOD HOMES 655 East DuPont Highway. MILLSBORO 302-934-74164 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 - 115 "Originally, we had planned to move to Maryland to retire," says Jerry Mayer. "But we discovered that the lot we wanted to build on had no outlet to the bay. This caused us to start looking elsewhere. "After an extensive search, we bought a homesite in Woods on Herring Creek in Lewes. "Then, we met Elmer Fannin, owner of Country Life Homes, and asked him to check the lot's potential for building the style of home we wanted. He did, and we visited his Showroom on Route One again to discuss plans, options and the construction schedule. "It was a one-of-a-kind showroom, and the staff there was highly profes- sional and cooperative. They were also very supportive and helpful as the building process moved along. "Beyond that, their follow-through -- after our home was built -- was just superb. Theirs is absolutely "a class act!" COUNTRY LIFE 1539 Hwy One, Lewes, DE 19958 302.644.3000 .=,=,., Route 26, Ocean View, DE 19970 302.537.3200 ,.=..;