Wilmigton police join forces with other agencies to tackle rising crime

(File/John Jankowski)

(File/John Jankowski)

Wilmington police are hitting the streets in full force after the mayor said “the steady stream of lawlessness” will not be tolerated.

On Tuesday, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced that the police are adding a set of new tactics where deployed officers can focus on resident safety. The move is being called Operation Safe Streets and will be implemented in known crime areas. Some of those tactics went into effect last week.

In addition, Purzycki shared today that the police department will also partner with other agencies to help reduce gun violence.

Some of them include the Delaware State Police, the New Castle County Police Department, the Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware Department of Correction’s Probation and Parole Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Office

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Last week, the mayor met with federal, state and county agencies to strengthen the plan the curb violence. As a result, there will also be an increase of 19 additional city officers once they graduate from the police academy next month.

Officials said civilian efforts to control crime will also be included during this time as the city work to protect residents.

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