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Ralph M. Evangelous

Chief of Police

Wilmington Police Department

Wilmington, North Carolina


Ralph Evangelous has served as Wilmington’s Police Chief for more than a decade. During that time he is credited with several major accomplishments and contributions to this community. Among those include completing the state of the art downtown Police Headquarters, establishing the southeast Division Headquarters on South College Road and he’s in the process of building a state of the art Training Center to include an indoor shooting range. Chief Evangelous is also responsible for leading the agency’s efforts in reducing Part 1 crime for several consecutive years to include a historic 2016 Part 1 Crime Rate.

Chief Evangelous is passionate about the well-being of Wilmington’s youth and has expanded the agency’s Police Activities League to include athletic and social opportunities for our city’s under-served kids. His newest endeavor is the real-time crime center, or STING Center, created to give officers real-time data while responding to calls.

The veteran “Top Cop” has worked in the field of policing for more than 46 years and began his career in Southborough, MA. He then served for many years with the Los Angeles Police Department and then went on to serve as Chief of Police in Temple, TX from 1995 to 2004 before coming to Wilmington, NC. 

Main Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm