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Wilmington Sees Significant Decrease In Crime

“Our state can’t be successful if the City of Wilmington is not successful.”

Governor John Carney frequently reminds others how vital Wilmington’s success is to the entirety of the state. So what would make Wilmington successful? For WLA members, it is the focus on Economic Development, Education, Leadership, and Livability. While we often share news of economic developments in the city, expanding educational opportunities that address the opportunity gap, and members taking strides to be role models to other companies, this livability and violence reduction news is exciting.

The city’s crime rate is dropping significantly. Wilmington saw 119 fewer shootings in 2018 than it did in 2017, and 60 percent fewer people were shot.  Mayor Mike Purzycki and Police Chief Robert Tracy have worked together the past year to make smarter policing decisions, build relationships with community members, and encourage cooperation from the public. Together we can build that momentum beyond the police department, and create a city of which every Delawarean can be proud.  

While this decrease in crime brings great optimism, the city is not claiming early victory stating, “there is still much to be done.”

Summarized from the editorial, “Shootings are way down in Wilmington. Let’s build on that momentum” on Delaware Online.

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