Letter From Commissioner Danberg

To all Department of Correction:

Every once in a while I get reminded of just how many wonderful people work for this agency. I hope you all will get a chance to read the Dover Post today. In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, I was privileged to attend an event for children this past weekend. The event was completely run by the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware. COAD held a Christmas with Santa function in their union hall in Dover. Admission to the event was free; however, they were collecting Toys for Tots, in support of the United States Marine Corp program. Everyone was treated to a home cooked meal, prepared and served by employees of DOC and members of COAD. Children were invited to play in two large moon-bounces, get their faces painted , and sit on Santa’s lap. Music was provided by a DOC employee.

In addition to opening the doors to children of employees, they specifically welcomed needy children from two Dover area programs.

I understand over 70 COAD members were responsible for planning, and running this wonderful event. While the Department had nothing to do with this event, I do want to thank each and every one of the employees involved. You made my week.

In addition, I want to send out a special thanks to all of you who are working through the holiday, especially those who are working on Christmas so we can spend some time with our families.

Finally, during this season many of us struggle while others are celebrating. I encourage you to seek help if you need it; and to look for the signs of those in distress whether they are co-workers or offenders, and encourage them to seek assistance. Let’s all start the New Year healthy, together.

Whatever your faith, this is a special time of year. From my family to you and yours, Happy Holidays!


Carl C. Danberg