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Throughout the City of Wilmington, shooting incidents were down 58 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. There were 115 fewer shooting victims.


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Wilmington’s new Police Chief Robert Tracy’s been on the job for a few months now, and in the past few weeks has held community listening sessions around the city.

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The city of Wilmington will get some outside help to address its recent spike in gun violence.


Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Operation Safe Streets – a multi-jurisdictional effort to curb the rash of shootings – will start immediately, focusing on known crime areas.

A New Castle County grand jury indicted six people in five murder cases spanning 2010 to 2015 last week, in what state officials say could be their most homicide indictments ever in one day.

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The General Assembly's budget writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has approved a plan to use some banking crisis settlement funds to address a rising tide of violence in Wilmington and Dover.

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The Access to Justice Commission’s latest public hearing on access to fairness in the criminal justice system focused on policing strategies

A commission subcommittee heard from two experts on topics including how to reduce racial disparities in law enforcement and models different police departments around the country have used to reduce violent crime.

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Attorney General Matt Denn and a number of community leaders are calling for state lawmakers to provide immediate funding to help quell the recent surge of gun violence in Wilmington and Dover.

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New Castle County councilman Jea Street is calling on the state’s congressional delegation and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to more seriously respond to Wilmington’s growing violent crime.

Citing several shootings that have occurred over the past few months, Street requested in a letter that officials utilize all the influence they have to, “provide the very much needed relief that the United States Attorney General promised to Wilmington, Delaware in September 2014.”

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The Centers for Disease Control were set to release their report and findings about the epidemic of violent crime in Wilmington back in March. Now October, the organization has yet to release the full document.


City council member Hanifa Shabazz, who requested the report, wrote the CDC a few weeks ago urging them to release their full findings and recommendations. They told her to wait until November.

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The Wilmington City Council adopted a resolution Thursday that allows the Police Department to accept a grant from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council to expand the city’s Victims’ Services Unit.

The three year grant of nearly $178,000 allows for the hiring of another Victim Services Specialist who will work directly will all victims of violent crimes and provide services to families who have lost loved ones to homicide.