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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An internal review by Wilmington Police has found violations of procedures by the Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

WPD this morning issued a statement about the investigation in response to requests from media outlets including WWAY NewsChannel 3.

The department says the investigation pertained to possible violations of policy and procedure during an undercover operation conducted several months ago targeting drugs and prostitution.

WPD says a routine internal audit of funds used in the undercover operation resulted in a formal review by the Professional Standards unit. The internal review revealed violations of department guidelines for documenting cash used in the undercover operation, and a violation of proper procedures for the acceptable use of alcohol in undercover operations.

The police department says it found no violations of the law.

“We’re constantly reviewing our operations to insure (sic) that we’re performing with integrity, in accordance with the law and established best practices,” Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. “We have a great group of officers, but sometimes they make mistakes. When that happens, we take appropriate action.”

The police department would not say if any officers were disciplined as a result of the investigation.

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SENC Citizen
2015 years 9 months ago

Curious, “no violations of the law”, “appropriate action was taken”. Yet, a “female lieutenant… has admitted in court to cutting tires, shooting her duty weapon (at another officer) and she allegedly stabbed her husband” Whats the appropriate action here?

Submitted by watta joke (not verified) on Tue, 01/22/2013 – 10:27am.

You are right about that, there are some rotten apples in the upper ranks at WPD. There is a female lieutenant there that has admitted in court to cutting tires, shooting her duty weapon (at another officer) and she allegedly stabbed her husband. She claimed he startled her.
She recently circumvented protocol when an applicant is found to be untruthful and was to be disqualified from the hiring process. Recently an applicant was found to have lied on his application about previous places of employment and it was discovered in the panel interview. All interviewers recommended the applicant NOT to be hired. But since the applicant is friends with the lieutenant she arraigned for a second interview to be conducted. The officers conducting the second interview were not aware that the applicant had already done a panel interview and had been recommended not to hire. When the officers that were on the first panel found out, they all wrote letters to Chief Evangelous expressing the dirty deed she did. Did anything happen to her? Nope.
She recently told an officer he was too old to go to a school he requested.


2015 years 9 months ago

We the citizens deserve to know how much money was spent and how many people were charged in the operation for prostitution. I understand not giving out the details of an Internal Affairs investigation, but that has nothing to do with the outcome of the initial operation that led to this concerning issue. How many girls were charged with prostitution? How much money was spent on the girls and why wasn’t the money recovered after the arrest? How come it took so long to realize money was spent in appropriately? That all falls on all supervisors in the squad. This smells of a cover up. Missing evidence-video? Surely if WPD detectives were engaged in a prostitution sting they had video for purpose of court and to protect themselves from liabilities such as these girls making false allegations against them. Where is the video? How come its conviently missing? WWAY needs to find the girls involved and see if they weren’t victims of Police detectives having a good time on City tax payers dimes.

Guest 0000
2015 years 9 months ago

Whats interesting are the details and terms used – it appears to be an insider that has been listing information.

2015 years 9 months ago

Sounds like you know more than what the media released. Pears to me that there is some disgruntled Officer(s) that ran to the media because they either didn’t get promoted or selected in the Special Operations Division. Over the years, this has happend too often. Now the WPD is back on the front page again. Get over it and drive on. WPD is an accredited department, thanks to Chief Evangelous. The Department will get through this, and those that want to take it down will move on. Loyalty and Dedication will prevail. Live Long and Prosper “guest”. If you can’t put your name to it, that tells all. This comes from a retired Officer. Thank-you.

2015 years 9 months ago

From Jason: “Over the years, this has happend too often.”
So when officers commit crimes, other innocent officers should just turn away? It doesn’t do any good to report it to higher ups when they are only concerned about themselves.

I guess you are one up since you put your first name on your post. How brave of you. Talk again when you put your full name up. I still won’t.

2015 years 9 months ago

People have an expection of honesty with the police department from top to bottom. Why should I have to hesitate to call the police when I can not be sure a honest one will come. One bad chief down to the officers on the beat spoils the confidence of a citizen. Go Ben David and City Council. Clean house from top to bottom.

Guest, Just Another
2015 years 9 months ago

Is that what you take away from this story/comments? The use of “sic”? That’s weird.

2015 years 9 months ago

Why would you insert the “sic” after insure? Insure and ensure are synonyms and may both be used interchangeably.

ci t z e n
2015 years 9 months ago

Can Wway run with the story? Cops going too far with hookers while drunk, hush money paid to them. Missing video from the operation. Evidence missing?? Sounds like alot of the story needs to be reported. Was anyone let go ?? So can i get drunk and get a hooker, pay her for sex and not be charged or do i need to work for the WPD ? Talk about benifits ! How can you trust any of those vice officers who were part of that ? Will the country Mounties respond in the city limits ?

Peter Harvey
2015 years 9 months ago

All the police departments that have had trouble in this area. Navassa, Leland, now Wilmington. Why is it always “policy violations” and not criminal behavior? So if I drink in my car and drive down the road I am just violating state policy not state laws?

Why doesn’t the SBI do a better job at investigating? Out of all the stuff that has happened in this area that WWAY has uncovered the only people charged were Rex Gore and the BSL Police Chief. At trial, they will beat that because it was a political witch hunt!

Scott needs to head the SBI that way things will get done and law enforcement will be cleaned up in this area or at least be held accountable.

Guest Reply
2015 years 9 months ago

Some times the law has to break the law to keep the law broke!

2015 years 9 months ago

wow, no violations of the law found ? Wish someone would speak up and tell the truth.

Guest 1
2015 years 9 months ago

No violations of the law found ? Wish someone would tell the truth about what really happened.

2015 years 9 months ago

It was a prostitution sting where some of the prostitutes got a little cozy with each other while being recorded. Money disappeared, evidence was destroyed (the recording), lies were told to IA and polygraphs failed.

Jake Hoyt
2015 years 9 months ago

Well, without the PCP and other behavior.

“To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.” – Alonzo Harris

2015 years 9 months ago

Move along, lowly citizen.


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