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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Violence in downtown Wilmington has been making news. Now the Chief of Police has an idea to make things better.

At a City Council work session and budget retreat today, Chief Ralph Evangelous said beefing up security downtown is necessary for the city.

Downtown can be scary, especially after dark. Many people think more needs to be done to keep the area safe. At today’s meeting, Chief Evangelous said he agrees.

He presented a plan to the council that would allow ten officers to patrol the area, both day and night to ensure safety. This is five more officers than are already assigned to the patrol.

Evangelous said this would allow for a new direction for downtown.

“This will allow us to have a real focused approach to the issues downtown late at night, as well as to have a presence seven days a week downtown during the day time,” Evangeouls said.

Evangelous said it would be both the responsibility of the police department to reorganize its staff and of the city council to supply the funding for this project to work properly.

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