Wilmington police detective suspended, under investigation in California

Per the email, Sidbury is a violent crime detective, and California authorities have told the WPD that the investigation is financial in nature.
Published: May. 8, 2023 at 4:54 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2023 at 3:43 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington Police Department violent crime detective Aricka Sidbury is the subject of a financial crime investigation in California, according to an email provided by District Attorney Ben David’s Office.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California tells WECT that it is working with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations to investigate financial crimes related to Marin County.

According to information from the WPD, her status was changed to “Administrative Leave - Suspension/Investigation” on April 19. She began with the WPD in 2012 as a cadet, became an officer in 2013 and has worked there since then. Her annual salary is currently $57,985.

In the email, the DA responds to a request for assistance regarding the case by explaining a potential conflict of interest because the DA’s office works closely with the WPD.

“Due to the amount of money that is allegedly involved and the conflict that our office would have prosecuting a detective who works so closely with our office, I am requesting that a prosecutor from the Conference of District Attorneys Financial Crimes Unit be assigned,” the email states.

The Wilmington Police Department provided the following statement: “We don’t comment on any possible personnel matters.”

You can read the letter in full below. WECT has reached out to officials for more information.