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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An internal review by Wilmington Police has found violations of procedures by the Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

WPD this morning issued a statement about the investigation in response to requests from media outlets including WWAY NewsChannel 3.

The department says the investigation pertained to possible violations of policy and procedure during an undercover operation conducted several months ago targeting drugs and prostitution.

WPD says a routine internal audit of funds used in the undercover operation resulted in a formal review by the Professional Standards unit. The internal review revealed violations of department guidelines for documenting cash used in the undercover operation, and a violation of proper procedures for the acceptable use of alcohol in undercover operations.

The police department says it found no violations of the law.

“We’re constantly reviewing our operations to insure (sic) that we’re performing with integrity, in accordance with the law and established best practices,” Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. “We have a great group of officers, but sometimes they make mistakes. When that happens, we take appropriate action.”

The police department would not say if any officers were disciplined as a result of the investigation.


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  • Guest 0000

    Whats interesting are the details and terms used – it appears to be an insider that has been listing information.

  • Whatisthetruth

    We the citizens deserve to know how much money was spent and how many people were charged in the operation for prostitution. I understand not giving out the details of an Internal Affairs investigation, but that has nothing to do with the outcome of the initial operation that led to this concerning issue. How many girls were charged with prostitution? How much money was spent on the girls and why wasn’t the money recovered after the arrest? How come it took so long to realize money was spent in appropriately? That all falls on all supervisors in the squad. This smells of a cover up. Missing evidence-video? Surely if WPD detectives were engaged in a prostitution sting they had video for purpose of court and to protect themselves from liabilities such as these girls making false allegations against them. Where is the video? How come its conviently missing? WWAY needs to find the girls involved and see if they weren’t victims of Police detectives having a good time on City tax payers dimes.

  • SENC Citizen

    Curious, “no violations of the law”, “appropriate action was taken”. Yet, a “female lieutenant… has admitted in court to cutting tires, shooting her duty weapon (at another officer) and she allegedly stabbed her husband” Whats the appropriate action here?

    Submitted by watta joke (not verified) on Tue, 01/22/2013 – 10:27am.

    You are right about that, there are some rotten apples in the upper ranks at WPD. There is a female lieutenant there that has admitted in court to cutting tires, shooting her duty weapon (at another officer) and she allegedly stabbed her husband. She claimed he startled her.
    She recently circumvented protocol when an applicant is found to be untruthful and was to be disqualified from the hiring process. Recently an applicant was found to have lied on his application about previous places of employment and it was discovered in the panel interview. All interviewers recommended the applicant NOT to be hired. But since the applicant is friends with the lieutenant she arraigned for a second interview to be conducted. The officers conducting the second interview were not aware that the applicant had already done a panel interview and had been recommended not to hire. When the officers that were on the first panel found out, they all wrote letters to Chief Evangelous expressing the dirty deed she did. Did anything happen to her? Nope.
    She recently told an officer he was too old to go to a school he requested.


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