State leaders request Wilmington officials address crime

Some Delaware state leaders are requesting a number of crime strategies to be enforced in order to make the City of Wilmington safer.

State Representatives Charles Potter Jr., Stephanie T. Bolden, James Johnson, Helene Keeley, Gereald L. Brady, and John L. Mitchell joined State Senators Margaret Rose Henry and Harris McDowell to address Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams and the city council in a written letter about crime.

The letter stems from a March 31st report that listed a variety of recommendations the city should adopt to tackle violence. Independent consultants and experts were invited from out-of-state to present what they thought would create safer neighborhoods in the city. Their findings were presented to Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission, a group made up of community members including Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings.

The letter detailed the requested recommendations that include police deployment, technology upgrades, improved resources to solve homicide cases, and holding police officers accountable for their actions.

According to the letter, the Attorney General Denn’s office will help the city combat violent crime, thanks to assistance from the Joint Finance Committee but only if certain requirements are met first.

A copy of the letter is below.

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