Wilmington Police welcome 11 new officers

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department welcomed 11 new officers Friday.

The ceremony took place at Wilmington City Hall at 2 p.m.

The recruits received their oath-of-office from North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley.

One new Wilmington Police officer said he’s always wanted to serve.

Officer Kristan Ware was a high school teacher for 10 years, and after a move to Wilmington last June he decided it was time for a career change.

“Everything that a police officer does is service oriented,” Ware said. “And just to be able to make a difference in the community, to do the right things, and to get the wrong people off the street is a really good feeling.”

Wilmington Police Department’s Lead Recruiter Corporal Ronald Evans said WPD seeks the best applicants to become officers.

The application process to become an officer takes about 3 to 4 months.

Once hired, applicants are sent to the Basic Law Enforcement Training program for about 4 months. Then there is an additional month of training specifically for the Wilmington Police Department.

“Law enforcement is a profession that’s like no other, especially when it comes to public service,” Evans said. “Any public service job, when you’re doing the service for someone else, there’s no higher calling than that. So we seek the best, and hope to get the best.”

Evans said that law enforcement officers in North Carolina must be at least 20 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license and be a US citizen.

To learn more about how to become a member of the Wilmington Police Department, click here.

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