Former Wilmington police chief has high hopes for the city [video]

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

Former Wilmington Police Chief Christine Dunning appeared to be emotional as police officers, city officials and leaders gathered to say farewell. Dunning who served on the force for 27 years says the department will forever remain in her heart despite her retirement.

According to Dunning, it was time for her to move on and start a new chapter in her life. That chapter takes her to New Castle County where she’ll work as an executive assistant.

“Everyone comes to a point where you have to make that transition,” said Dunning who thanked Mayor Dennis Williams for bringing her on as chief last year.

Dunning says she supports the mayor’s vision and in regards to crime the city is moving in the right direction.

“Believe it or not, the last time I checked the figures in December; violent crime was down by 7 percent. Unfortunately the shootings weren’t but most of the other categories, it was down,” said Dunning.

In the next few months, new numbers are expected to come out and show where the city stands.

“I just wish who ever comes in or who ever is the next chief, best wishes,” said Dunning.

Meanwhile, the department has already launched a national search for a new police chief and just last week the mayor revealed a new policing plan, where officers will be assigned to patrol specific areas while developing strong community relationships.

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