Wilmington Police and Fire are asking you to ‘bump it!’


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police and Fire are asking you to “bump it!” 

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, WPD and WFD have launched a campaign encouraging citizens to bump fists instead of shaking hands. Research shows fist bumps transmit 10 times less bacteria than handshakes. When paired with proper hand-washing, the odds of transmitting harmful bacteria are even less.

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This is one of many precautions Wilmington police are taking to protect both officers and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other precautions include:

  • Distributing hand sanitizer and medical gloves to officers;
  • Conducting online line-ups for officers via email;
  • Encouraging the public to report minor crimes via phone;
  • (For non-emergency situations) requesting that the caller meet officers outside of buildings, if possible;
  • Reminding employees to stay home when feeling ill;
  • Cancelling all large-scale events in the months of March and April;
  • Cancelling out-of-town training for employees.

Simple actions can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Get Involved

Tweet WPD your best “Bump it!” photo for a chance to win a Wilmington Police and Fire swag bag (hand sanitizer included). Use the handles @WilmingtonPD and @WilmingtonFD and the hashtag #BumpitWilmington to enter. They’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 18.