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Thursday, June 30, 2016
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WPD partners with NHC Sheriff to add more officers

      Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon held a press conference today at City Hall to announce a new enforcement partnership. City of Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White also attended, along with District Attorney Ben David and a host of other elected officials.

Evangelous said that within the next week, the WPD and NHC Sheriff’s Department will form a new 14-man housing patrol unit to enhance the presence of law enforcement in public housing areas. The unit will be made up of seven WPD officers and seven NHC deputies.

In addition, WPD will be expanding the number of officers on patrol through the city in an effort to address the rash of armed robberies targeted at area businesses, as well as gang violence. The unit will be made up of 32 officers from both the WPD and NHC Sheriff’s Department who will work intermittent schedules to provide expanded patrols throughout the community.

Evangelous said recent focused efforts to crack down on gangs have resulted in more than 100 arrests and valuable intelligence has been gathered. However, “With this added pressure comes push-back. So now we are pushing back and taking our enforcement efforts a step further.

“To the citizens of Wilmington – you all have a right to feel safe and secure where you live, work and travel. We appreciate your commitment in helping us fight crime,” said Evangelous.

Read Chief Evangelous' remarks here.

See the full press conference here.

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