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WPD adds civilian traffic investigators

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Police Department added two new members to its team. They may ride around in cars with flashing lights and sirens, but they don't have the same authority as other officers. The two new employees are civilian traffic investigators and their main job is to investigate and respond to traffic accidents. Stanley Pollock and Robert Layman were hired in October and spent five months in training. The men are not certified law enforcement officers and are not issued a weapon, but can call for back up if there are any injuries, if a ticket needs to be written, or if someone is not cooperating. The purpose of the team is to cut down on the amount of time officers spend on minor traffic accidents, which Chief Evangelous says the city averages about four thousand of each year. Evangelous said, "We have a lot of fender bender, property damage type accidents here that our officers don't need to be tied up on when he could be doing other enforcement activities." Both Pollock and Layman were former law enforcement officers. Layman was a New York police officer and Pollock was an officer in the Caribbean. The funding for their salaries was approved last year. Fayetteville also uses civilian traffic investigators. Evangelous says that city has fared well since the program began in 2006.

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More real officers...

I wonder how far off this would put WPD from being able to hire 2 full time officers? I have concerns that they will need to call for backup more often than they think around here so now you will have an officer and a "traffic investigator" both on the scene which seems like a waste to me. More officers seems to be the real need imho. **shrug**

They will be slaves

Hire a couple of old retired cops and work the hell out of them so the rest can eat donuts. The good side is that these two slumps will probably outlive the rest cause they are on their feet and working.

This is an innovative idea

This is an innovative idea and exactly the kind of "out of the box" thinking we need from our city officials. Good job Chief Evangelous.

waste of money, if wpd did

waste of money, if wpd did their job this wouldnt be needed

What exactly does WPD doing

What exactly does WPD doing their jobs have to do with people that can't drive? LEO aren't the ones getting in wrecks. Maybe you should rethink what you are trying to say because it really doesn't make any sense

You are the same guy....

...that if you got a ticket because the Police were doing "their job's" you would complain the loudest. One thing I've learned is that your not going to please everyone but it would be nice if say some of you idiots would just go away. Seriously, just go somewhere else. Your not a happy person, nobody likes you and your constant negative attitude, and your driving probably sucks as well. We have enough of your type around here Guestin.


How is a volunteer position a waste of money, smart guy? Read.

You read!

The third sentence from the end of the article states: The funding for their salaries was approved last year. Read all the words next time Guestorama, not just the little ones.


If people would drive with a little more common sense this wouldn't be needed.