District Information

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Downtown serves the area that is defined as Castle St. to the intersection of Front and Davis; also 5th Ave. west to the Cape Fear River. 

District 1 serves the area that includes the Downtown Business District from Castle St. to Isabelle Holmes Bridge. Bordered by 3rd St. to Market, Market to N. 23rd St. to the northern city limits at Martin Luther King Blvd. 

District 2  serves the area of N. 23rd St. at Market St., north to Martin Luther King Pkwy, Martin Luther King Pkwy east to N. Kerr Ave., city limits of N. Kerr Ave. south to S. Kerr Ave. and S. College Rd., S. College Rd. south to Oleander Dr., Oleander Dr. west to Dawson St. extension, Dawson St. extension east to Wrightsville Ave., Wrightsville east to Colonial Dr., Colonial Dr. north to Forest Hills Dr., Forest Hills north to Market St. 

District 3  serves the area starting at 3rd & Market, East on Market to Forest Hills Dr. to Wrightsville Ave. West on Wrightsville Ave. to 17th St. 17th St. to Greenfield St. and West on Greenfield to 3rd St. 

District 4 serves the area of the Cape Fear River between Independence Blvd. and Greenfield St., Greenfield St. to S. 17th St., S. 17th St. to Dawson St., Dawson to Oleander Dr., Oleander to S. College Rd., S. College Rd. to Shipyard Blvd., Shipyard to Independence Blvd., Independence Blvd. south to the Cape Fear River. 

District 5 


The Downtown area is patrolled in a collaborative effort between the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The Downtown Task Force was created in 2011 between these two agencies in order to practice zero tolerance for offenses, proactive policing to address issues, and to create a safer environment for the public by reducing crime.

The Downtown Task Force utilizes mounted patrol, foot patrols, bike patrols, Segway patrols, as well as vehicle patrols to accomplish these goals and build working relationships with residents in the community, business owners and their employees, and regular patrons to the area.

Mounted Patrol

The Mounted Patrol Unit responds to calls for service just as patrol units do, but with an emphasis on crowd control in the downtown area. The Mounted Unit also participates in ceremonial functions such as parades and funerals as well as providing a public relations liaison to the community. Demonstrations at schools, churches, and special events can be scheduled as necessary. The Wilmington Mounted Patrol Unit is a member of the Carolinas Mounted Patrol Association, an association comprised of Mounted Patrol Units in North and South Carolina. The Mounted Patrol Unit attends yearly training and certification through this organization. The Mounted Unit was created in 1989 with one horse and rider and has grown to a four-man mount unit. The Police Mounts are stabled in a police facility outside the city limits.  

WPD Mounts

  • Crescent: 13-year-old Bay gelding, Percheron/ Paint cross 
  • Comet: 13-year-old Dapple grey gelding, Percheron/ Thoroughbred cross 
  • Elton: 11-year-old Bay gelding, Percheron/ Paint cross


Wilmington Police Boat

Downtown Officers also have the supplemental capability of performing water rescues, marine patrol, and aiding in Maritime Port Security with the Wilmington Police Boat.  It is a 27' Safeboat, and is moored downtown so that it can be rapidly deployed when needed.