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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council approved funding for the Wilmington Police Department to form a unit that will help keep the peace during protests and demonstrations, but it’s just for the first reading.

$41,000 of state drug tax funds would go towards forming a mobile field force team.

The 30-member team would be trained in deescalating tense situations.

The money would cover the cost of equipment, supplies and training for the new team.

Council will vote on a second reading at their next meeting.

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