WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - District Attorney Ben David wants more resources for the Wilmington Police Department.
In a letter addressed to Wilmington City Council, David writes that the department needs to take a proactive approach to fighting crime. He mentions three key points in his letter- training, salaries, and additional investigations.
David said he wants officers to have advanced training in handling "critical incidents" and "use of force". He said a number of recent incidents have prompted concerns over a possible need for additional training.
"As we look back at all of these incidents are there any teachable moments? Are there training issues? If there are, we should address those as well," said David.
Additionally the district attorney wants the city's elected officials to re-evaluate officer pay.
"What I am asking them to do is just study it. Look at where it is compared to other agencies within the fifth district and around the country and the state, and if it needs to be brought up, to do that," said David.
Finally, David wants an increase in the amount of detectives available to look into criminal investigations. In his letter, the district attorney writes that the creation of the Mobile Field Force in response to gang activity put extra strain on the limited detectives the WPD has on staff.
"It's not enough to remove people from the street for committing a crime. You have to keep them off through successful prosecutions and a lot of that requires detectives and investigators who are going to follow those cases even after the arrest," explained David.
David said his letter is in no way a criticism of council. He said he just wants them to evaluate the department in relation to other police forces and provide them with the resources needed to keep criminals off the streets.
A copy of the district attorney's letter is listed to the side.
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