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Wilmington’s Crime Reduction Triumph: Mayor Purzycki & Chief Campos Highlight 2023 Achievements

Updated January 17, 2024
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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Chief of Police Wilfredo Campos presented the 2023 Year-End Report of the Wilmington Police Department, highlighting significant progress in public safety. The comprehensive report, available here, includes crime statistics, operational insights, and community initiatives.

Key findings from the crime data indicate a noteworthy 22% reduction in murders compared to the previous year, marking the lowest number since 2003. Despite a slight increase in shooting incidents, the overall trend remains lower than in 2020 and 2021, with a 45% reduction since 2017. The report emphasizes a shift towards isolated incidents leading to shootings and murders, along with a decline in group-related violence.

Wilmington Chief of Police, Wilfredo Campos

Chief Campos expressed pride in the outcomes, stating, “We are proud to share crime data for the past year and highlight the results of our continued efforts to make our City safer.” The report delves into various community initiatives and outreach efforts aimed at fostering stronger relationships with residents and enhancing overall community well-being.

While witnessing reductions in most crime categories, there was a 9% increase in overall Part 1 crimes, primarily attributed to a surge in auto theft incidents linked to national trends affecting Kia and Hyundai products. Excluding this category, the city experienced a reduction in overall major crime.

Mayor Purzycki acknowledged the positive results but emphasized the ongoing commitment to public safety. He stated, “While these numbers are encouraging, our work is far from over,” pledging continued efforts to strengthen community ties, target known offenders, remove dangerous firearms, and make Wilmington the safest city possible.

The Mayor extended appreciation to Chief Campos, the Wilmington Police Department, residents, and business owners for their collaborative efforts. He also thanked partner agencies, including Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The WPD 2023 Year-End Report, along with the year-end CompStat report, can be downloaded here.

For further information or media inquiries, please contact:

  • John Rago, Deputy Chief of Staff
    City of Wilmington, Office of the Mayor
    Mobile: (302) 420-7928
    Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov
  • Paul Ford Jr., Director of Communications,
    City of Wilmington, Office of the Mayor
    Phone: (302) 576-2111
    Email: plford@wilmingtonde.gov
  • Ryan Paden, Digital and Social Media Manager
    City of Wilmington, Office of the Mayor
    Phone: (302) 576-2565
    Email: rpaden@wilmingtonde.gov

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