WPD asks city to fund Gang Investigative Unit

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Submitted: Fri, 10/11/2013 - 2:58pm
Updated: Sat, 10/12/2013 - 12:01am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With a continuing gang problem in Wilmington, police want City Council to fund officers designated to deal with the problem.

At their meeting Tuesday night City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a request from the Wilmington Police Department to create a Gang Investigative Unit. According to the proposal, it would include a sergeant, four officers and a civilian computer support specialist.

“The Gang Investigative Unit will be dedicated to proactive criminal enforcement, through surveillance, long term investigations, and use of informants in an effort to diminish gang associated crimes throughout the city,” the proposal says. “The Unit will also provide expertise support and training to other investigative units within the department, and provide support to other allied agencies within the county, and at state and federal levels. One of the most important benefits of having the Gang Investigative Unit is that it will support the Department’s goal to reduce crime and fear of crime in our City.”

Police would staff the gang unit by reassigning current employees.

WPD is also asking for 10 over hire positions. City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says those are people trained to be ready when positions are open.

The plan would cost $142,381 for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in June. Talbert says it would not cost any extra money this year, because it would use salary savings from open positions. She says the unit would have to go through the budgeting process for the next fiscal year, though.


  • Guestsfndi says:

    Is this post real?

  • shut up and get a job says:

    If you’ve lived in creekwood for 30 years. then you are sad person. get a job and stop cheerleading your local criminals. i would be embarrassed to admit i lived in creekwood for 30 years. That means you’ve wasted 30 years of your life being low life welfare checker. That means youve raised about two generations of criminals. i guess thats something to be proud of

  • Tracie C says:

    Talk about sad….sad is someone like the person YOU look at in the mirror daily. Just because someone resides in Creekwood does NOT give you the right to personally attack them like you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth while still living on your daddy’s buck.
    People like you always have the best skeletons in the closet. Or child porn hidden in their computers.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …allow them to sponge of it and milk it for 30+ years and teach their children to do the same. From the drug dealers to the baby farmers, the more you do the more money you get, right? The poster you criticized is correct! Truth is hard to straddle for you isn’t it?

    And to remark of “personal attacks”, what do you think you just did in your four poorly constructed sentences? You know ZERO about the posters upbringing, closet or computer, but You just showed us all a lot about you! Thank God for anonymity in your case!

  • Guest123123 says:

    This Chief is off his rocker. How many gang units are there going to be. They all just talk a good game. Might want to get some deep UC guys to infiltrate and bring them down

  • guesty says:

    You mean create something similar to the WPD gang unit that was under Sergeant Stansbury that was dissolved a little while ago? What a great idea.

  • The king says:

    The strike team in wilmywood

  • Guest1234543 says:

    that is the most common sense approach, something that state/federal employee’s are losing sight of, we the taxpayer are throwing a lot of money at these problems and not getting any results, yeah, we are getting more parking and speeding tickets, but the neighborhoods we are living in are not getting any safer.

  • Guest4396 says:

    Why does he not pull in some traffic cops, retrain and use them? They are already on the payroll and do little but harass motorists. Always more money, more money……..Wilmington is beginning to look like the Federal Government.

  • Guest522 says:

    Throw them all on a one way train to Atlanta. Get em outta here. Sick of seeing them kill people, burning houses down, recruiting kids right outta 8th grade. Sick of it!

  • Guest2020 says:

    I thought I read something the other day about the WPD having a gang task force. If that’s the case, why not utilize what you already have instead of just pouring more money onto the problem.

  • deputy25 says:

    heres an idea. Dissolve ‘CRACKWOOD and other thug projects and the problem will maybe disappear

  • taxpayer says:

    While I tend to agree with you, rats fleeing a sinking ship often swim to shore and take up residence somewhere else.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    I, the PublicAvenger, fully agree with Deputy25.

  • tweety11 says:

    why should i have to move just because some criminals dont no not to shot at cops? i have lived there for 30 years and i have never not shot anybodyelses

  • taxpayer says:

    Says the Chief. Just like the “war on poverty” started by LBJ and “war on drugs” by Nixon…nothing but money-sucking boondoggles that continue to this day.

    A “war on gangs”…same result except with a few less 0’s in cost.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    hold the Chief accountable for its success. If money of this magnitude is on the line, get a new Chief if this latest attempt fails.

    That’s what happens in the private sector.

    And while you’re at it, hold the new head of WHA, accountable when these individuals are found residing in the projects.

  • Tracie C says:

    Inquiring minds want to know: when are all the posters who “can do it better” going to pull their fat asses out of their computer chairs and end crime in our city?
    Either you want the police to work to stop crime OR you want them to save money. You can’t have both.

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