City's response to Downtown Wilmington murder

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF WILMINGTON) -- We mourn the tragic and unfortunate loss of life of the young man who was shot last night near the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. While the details of last night's fatal shooting are being investigated, it is important to note the significant efforts that have been, and are being made by public safety personnel to increase safety downtown.

· 2012 is on pace to have the fewest serious and violent crimes in the CBD in a decade.

· Violent crime in the downtown area in 2011 was down 32% from 2010. Despite last night's shooting, the trend continues downward in 2012, with an 11% decrease year-to-date.

· From 2002 to 2012, overall crime in the CBD decreased by 36%, while the population increased by 33%.

· In July 2011, Chief Ralph Evangelous took the lead in establishing a 16-member Downtown Task Force made up of law enforcement officers from both the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Previously, there were only four dedicated officers in the CBD.

· Since its implementation, the Task Force has been active and visible day and night, seven days a week. Task Force members often are on foot, but they also patrol using bicycles or Segway. They conduct undercover operations as needed. The emphasis is on reducing crime and maintaining safety throughout the area.

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So, let's get this straight: A kid was murdered near Front Street two nights ago, and the WPD thought the best uses of their resources was a DUI stop on MLK?

Even though pretty much every study shows that having cops patrol is a more effective way of catching drunk drivers than a road block?

Once again, the WPD and Sherriff's Department motto seems to be: Doing things that make it look like we're doing our jobs without actually having to be good at them.

Thanks for defending your butt unnecessarily, City of Wilmington.

People still hate you.

:)

Signed,

Everybody

I DON'T HATE THE POLICE. I THINK THEY DO PRETTY GOOD. WHY DON'T YOU JOIN THEM AND HELP OUT? INSTEAD IF COMPLAINING. YOU SAY " PEOPLE" STILL HATE YOU. SIGNED EVERYBODY) I DON'T HATE THEM, AND I,M SOMBODY.SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, NOT ME OR ANYONE ELSE.

Now they seem to have graduated to killing food delivery people and others who are innocently going about their business downtown. Stop making excuses, 16 cops hanging around the clubs and Water St aren't doing anything for rest of downtown.

are nothing more than numbers on a page. Chief Evangelous can tout all of the statistics he wants. What's needed is for more folks to get their concealed carry permits and drop a few of these punks on the street.