Get to know the town: Patrolwoman Brooke Watkinson

Name: Brooke Watkinson

Age: 21-years- old

Hometown: Harrington

Occupation: Patrolwoman with the Harrington Police Department

Educational background: 2013 graduate of Polytech High School with a technical diploma in criminal justice, Delaware Police Academy.

What are your hobbies?

“Hunting, fishing, shooting…. Anything outdoors I’m in. My dad owns a hunting store and gift shop. I was born with a bow in my hand.”

DSC_0827Tell us about your family?

“My parents are business owners. I have two sisters. One is attending high school; one is attending college.”

How did you know you wanted to be a police officer?

“I just like making a difference. Especially being in Harrington, it’s all pretty much family and friends around here and knowing you can give back to your community is just great. And there’s the brotherhood of being in law enforcement, it’s like being in a team sport almost. Everyone has each other’s back. No day is the same. Each call you go on is different.”

Tell us about police academy?

“It was five months of physical and mental challenges. Every day was spent trying to overcome a different obstacle. If you couldn’t overcome it, the idea was to rely on someone else to get through it. Everyone goes in there as individuals, but you graduate as one team.”

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?

“I still see myself as a police officers and hopefully joining a special unit, especially like k-9.”

What are your goals as a Harrington Police Officer?

“To put a decrease on crime and just enforce as many laws, rules and regulations as I possibly can. To make contact with the public during each shift and try to help build that bond with the public back up. We don’t really have that bond anymore.”

What is your impression of crime in Harrington right now?

“It seems like right now there’s quite a bit of domestic harassment calls, just people bickering with one another. Besides that, Harrington doesn’t really have a high crime rate. There’s not much that goes on.”

What is something you wish the public knew about police?

“That when they’re at home at night, that we’re still out patrolling. Some people look at us as super human or super woman, however you want to look at it. But we all have families that we want to go home to and keep safe and protect.”

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