Wilm. police officer retires after 33 years

A Wilmington police officer who's been on the job for more than three decades is retiring Friday during a walk out ceremony at the department's headquarters.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

Master Sgt. Corey Staats says he always tried to help people during the 33 years he spent as an officer with the Wilmington Police Department.

"Whether they're victims, suspects or witnesses, you always want to treat people the way you want someone to treat your family," Staats said, encouraging current officers to have a similar approach to their duties.

Staats spent about 18 months taking emergency calls as a police cadet before joining the force as an officer in 1980.

He says hearing about officers helping others helped convince him to join the force.

"Just hearing the activity and some of the responsibilities and how the guys were helping out people, whether we were on kids being assaulted, domestics or different kinds of things and it going to the point where it was like 'You know what? I think this is something I can do," he says.

Staats, a 54-year-old Wilmington native and father of three, says he liked helping younger officers work with new supervisors. He held the title of sergeant for 22 and a half years.

However, the next thing he plans to do is take it easy after retiring on Friday.

"I'm just gonna take some time and relax and spend sometime with the seven grandchildren," he says.

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