Funds approved for WPD Mobile Field Force Team

Funds approved for WPD Mobile Field Force Team

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington police will soon have a new team to deal with demonstrations if they get out of hand.

City Council approved funding for a Mobile Field Force Team during Wednesday night's meeting. A team of 30 officers will be trained to deal with civil disturbances and protests.

The mobile team would work to de-escalate situations that become tense or diffuse them entirely.

Training and equipment are expected to cost $41,775, which would be paid for with drug tax revenue.

The Mobile Field Force Team will train with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Mobile Field Force Civil Disturbance Unit, which is certified and can integrate with the State Highway Patrol's Mobile Field Force Unit and other law enforcement agencies that have certified teams.

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