|Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Police Chief Robert J. Tracy today released the final 22 directives from Chapter 6 of the Wilmington Police Department’s (WPD) Policy and Procedures Manual. With today’s release of information, all eight chapters of the WPD manual are now available for review here at the City’s website.
Earlier this summer, Mayor Purzycki and Chief Tracy pledged their support for racial and criminal justice reforms and additional transparency because they believe that the more residents know about policing policies and procedures, the more comfortable they can become with police officers and policing operations. That knowledge, said the Mayor and Chef, will hopefully translate into even more cooperation among police officers and residents.
The City began the public release of portions of the manual on June 11. Over the past 83 days, each of the 147 policy directives contained within the eight chapters of the manual was reviewed by the WPD and City Law Department to remove any items that were related to confidential police operations. Redactions were minimal and now the complete manual has been made public for the first time in the City’s history.
The 22 additional policy directives released today from Chapter 6 cover a broad range of topics including the computer-aided dispatch of officers, civil processes, court appearances, evidence, and investigations into matters such as domestic incidents, child abuse, missing persons, and more. Mayor Purzycki today thanked Police Chief Tracy and City Solicitor Bob Goff for moving swiftly this summer to make the entire manual available to residents, businesses, and visitors.