Field Services Bureau

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 The City of Wilmington is divided into six districts.  The UPD is staffed by one Captain, two Lieutenants serving as Assistant Division Commanders, five Lieutenants who serve as Watch Commanders and 13 Sergeants.

Each Lieutenant is assigned to a platoon. Their duties include, but are not limited to, tracking crime trends and assigning personnel accordingly, acting as liaison between the community and the department and management of officer personnel.

The officers are assigned to four 12-hour permanent shifts which cover the 24 hour period. Under the Geographic Based Policing model, officers are assigned to specific areas in their district for routine patrol, answering calls for service, acting as community coordinators for proactive police response, and conducting preliminary investigations.

For more information about your district please view the Police District Map.


Noise permits

Section 6-34 of the Wilmington City Code provides that a noise permit shall be obtained in advance of any activity where the sound level to be produced will exceed or should be reasonably expected to exceed the sound level limits or time limits set out in Section 6-33 of the Wilmington City Code on any adjoining or neighboring property. Application for said permit shall be submitted to the Wilmington Police Department at the address above at least five (5) business days prior to the planned use. Permits may not grant exceptions for more than ten (10) dB above the maximum sound levels below on any adjoining or neighboring property, or for more than one (1) hour earlier or later than specified below, without approval from the City Manager.

Download or submit an electronic application here.

Noise Ordinance


Monday - 9am-11pm & 1pm-3pm  
Wednesday - 9am-11pm & 1pm-3pm  
Fridays - 9am-11pm & 1pm-3pm

Residence and Business Checks

Available by appointment. Call 910-343-3609.


The Special Operations Division consists of the K-9 Unit, School Liaison Officers, Traffic Unit, Housing Task Force and Mobile Field Force Teams and collateral teams. The collateral teams consist of the Pipes and Drums, Bomb Squad, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Honor Guard.