Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Federal dollars will help the City of Wilmington get more police officers on the streets.
Mayor Bill Saffo and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous announced Tuesday that Wilmington will receive $2 million in federal stimulus money to pay for officers.
The money will pay for 13 officers for the next 3 years, which will bring the police department to full strength after the city cut several positions from the budget.
"We would be happy to get these 13 and get back up to full strength and get out there and put some bad guys in jail and help prevent crime from occurring," said Chief Evangelous.
Evangelous said they will begin hiring in September and it will take 6-9 months of training before the additional officers patrol the streets.
For a breakdown of the where the stimulus money is going across the nation, click here.