Cinnaire’s Advancing Communities Podcast brings together our Chief Strategy Officer Jim Peffley with thought leaders, policy makers and others who are making an impact in the community development and affordable housing industries. Our guests share their experiences and perspective on a range of topics, each supporting the belief that all people deserve the opportunities provided by living in healthy communities.
In this two-part episode, Jim is joined by Dan Selekman, a recently retired police officer with the City of Wilmington, DE. Dan is well known in Wilmington for his approach to community policing in the distressed Center City neighborhood, an area that had experienced a rise in shootings and violence. As he engaged with residents there, he built a strong bond based on compassion and human connection and as a result the community experienced a significant decrease in gun violence and improvement in overall public safety. Dan’s approach to community policing is a model being replicated in cities seeking to create healthy communities nationwide. Tune in as Dan tells his story along with the powerful lessons he learned.