ONLY ON 3: WPD believes new unit’s lone focus will be different than other gang initiatives

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Submitted: Wed, 10/16/2013 - 9:27pm
Updated: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 1:51am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s gang problem is nothing new, but WPD hopes a new Gang Investigative Unit will finally help beat the violence.

Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham is overseeing the creation of the new unit. He says he thinks it will reduce violence and help dismantle gangs permanently.

But WPD has had gang initiatives in the past.

“At one point we had a housing and gang unit,” Cunningham said. “They were combined, but we realized that our best effort is to focus one group of people to focus on this solely.”

Cunningham says that’s the man difference between previous attempts and this one.

“We split the units, so in other words we had a housing and gang unit. We’re going to create this additional unit, and this unit will act as a component part to our overall strategy with enforcement against gangs and gang crime,” he said.

Cunningham says previous attempts to fight gangs were not unsuccessful. This time around, though, there will also be a civilian computer analyst to help with intelligence gathering.

“Four additional resources, plus a supervisor, plus an intel analyst. And then, the ability to just work more closely on this issue with the community,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham asks for the community’s help in this effort. He says any bit of information, small or big, will help.


  • LifeSerial says:

    I like how they don’t snitch in Brazil. If the community catches a thief they beat the crap of them and when the police arrive and find the thief laying on the ground they arrest him for vagrancy.

    Here in the US people look the other way or even hide them while yelling at the police or anyone else they can scapegoat for the criminals own decision. Oh yeah all those people in prison are there because they were framed. mmm hmmm :|

  • Old Guy says:

    Where did they find this guy.The City/County Gang Task Force in the late 1990’s early 2000′ was just what they needed. When the government money ran out neither department wanted to it to carry on. There was a civilian intelligence computer person, a social worker, a Police Sergeant, a secretary, two deputy sheriff’s and two police officers. The intel was gathered, the gang members were identified and placed into the crime intell computer. After they broke up that unit the intel and the computer went to one of the vice and narcotics units to track their suspects and no one ever knew what ever happened to all of that information. The Officers were tasked with identifying the gang members and then trying to help them transition out of that life style. Of course neither department could get their stuff together and they the politicians broke them up. What was once the Governors Crime Commissions best unit on the east coast went array.
    So, Here we go again. Throwing money at the problem doesn’t solve the problem.

  • tke1 says:

    Good luck but until the neighborhoods that sustain the gangs decide to become part of the solution instead of the problem, the success of WPD will be limited.
    Right now the wolves are herding the sheep and the sheep don’t realize or don’t care that they are the prey for the wolves.
    I am sure that Chief Cunningham is ready for all the local Sharpton and Jackson wannabes to start crying “racism” and “profiling”.

  • 1234543 says:

    Mr Cunningham I sure hope for the publics safety your plan works, but I for 1 don’t give it a snowballs chance in you know where, because of political correctness, but one thing I feel like you could do tomorrow to make the city safer is identify and admit where the dangerous area’s are and barricade them off so the traveling public will not mistakingly make a wrong turn and end up in these neighborhoods and caught off guard, the idea came to me today driving in to visit downtown, one wrong turn in a strange city can put the unsuspecting motorist in grave danger, at least do this till you have the problem under control.

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