Brandon Pellegrini may not be a sworn police officer yet, but he has already had some dramatic experiences enforcing the law. There was that time in 2017, for example, that he helped apprehend a man packing a stolen firearm in a secluded area. But if you ask him what his most memorable moment has been? He will point to something you won’t see on an episode of “Cops” or “Live PD.” He will tell you about the time he found a missing dog — a beloved German tick hound — and returned the pet to its panicked guardian, four miles away.
“It wasn’t very exciting,” Pellegrini said. “But it was so rewarding. Police work is all about helping and bettering the community in so many different ways. I know it sounds like the most cliched thing I could probably ever say, but I just want to help people.”
Pellegrini, a senior in the University of Delaware’s criminal justice program, serves as a cadet dispatcher and cadet supervisor with the UD Police Department, and he also serves as a park patrol officer with the Delaware Natural Resources Police, enforcing regulations at state parks. This dual experience has been invaluable in his mission to become a Delaware state trooper — a dream years in the making. Read More.
Article by Diane Stopyra, Photo by Ingrid Pellegrini