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Joint crime-fighting patrols officially begin

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The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office officially began their joint patrol effort Friday night. The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office officially began their joint patrol effort Friday night.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office officially began their joint patrol effort Friday night.

According to a press release from the Wilmington Police Department, the purpose of the team effort is "to reduce crime and the fear of crime in communities that have seen spikes in violent crime involving gangs".

Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington's Police Chief, explained a little of what the new unit will be doing in the coming months.

"Non-uniform personnel within both agencies will be assigned to work together out there for extra patrol in and around the community, robbery suppression and working on these other issues that have been percolating to the top lately," said Evangelous.

The chief noted that there has been a decrease in city violence over the last two weeks because a lot of suspects have been incarcerated.

"We hope we continue this lull that we're in and make it a long-term issue," said Evangelous.

He said he won't let short-term success get in the way of long-term goals though.

"I'm not comfortable yet saying that we've turned any corner.  We're still working on this," explained the chief.

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