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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — August 11 marks the 45th day of the 90-day Cease Fire initiative sparked by Boots on the Ground, community leaders and law enforcement officials. Thursday Chief Ralph Evangelous and his staff will give an update on the most recent crime picture for the City of Wilmington and the results of Operation Tranquility launched on July 3.

Thursday’s news conference will include information on Shotspotter Calls for Service, aggravated assaults, firearms seized and the number of individuals arrested since the Cease Fire initiative began on June 27.

“We attribute the reduction in crime to the hard work and combined efforts of our local pastors, community leaders and state,federal and local law enforcement agencies”, said Chief Ralph Evangelous of the Wilmington Police Department. “We also applaud the efforts of the citizens in our community who have called in to report crimes and helped us to make key arrests”.

The 90-day Cease Fire Initiative officially ends Friday, September 27.

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