WWAY has learned that it's now official; the Wilmington Police Department will team up with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE. Four WPD detectives have gone through training for the cross designation program. Chief Ralph Evangelous, who first announced the program on our "Ask the Chief" segment, says this will give his department the ability to enforce customs laws on a federal level. He said the partnership will allow police to look more closely at crimes like drug smuggling, identity theft, money laundering, and fraud. There are 183 local law enforcement officers in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina who have gone through the cross-designation training. "We'd like to find the people who are supplying the stolen identities, the stolen social security numbers, out to these folks, those are the people who are really victimizing our people," said Evangelous. The ICE partnership will give the police department a greater ability to deal with illegal aliens and foreign criminal enterprises.
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