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Bump it!

Post Date:03/13/2020 10:52 AM


News Release

Wilmington Police Department – Bump it! 

Friday, March 13 – 10 a.m. 

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Police and Fire are asking you to “bump it!” 

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, WPD and WFD have launched a campaign encouraging citizens to bump fists instead of shaking hands. Research shows fist bumps transmit 10 times less bacteria than handshakes. When paired with proper hand-washing, the odds of transmitting harmful bacteria are even less.
This is one of many precautions Wilmington police are taking to protect both officers and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other precautions include: 
  • Distributing hand sanitizer and medical gloves to officers;
  • conducting online line-ups for officers via email;
  • encouraging the public to report minor crimes via phone; 
  • (for non-emergency situations) requesting that the caller meet officers outside of buildings, if possible;
  • reminding employees to stay home when feeling ill;
  • cancelling all large-scale events in the months of March and April;
  • and cancelling out-of-town training for employees.

Simple actions can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our city. Let’s stay ahead of this together.

Get Involved

Tweet us your best “Bump it!” photo for a chance to win a Wilmington Police and Fire swag bag (hand sanitizer included). Use the handles @WilmingtonPD and @WilmingtonFD and the hashtag #BumpitWilmington to enter. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 18.

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