Wilmington Police Department Police Cadet Program

Wilmington launches police cadet apprenticeship

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  The Wilmington Police Department is re-establishing its Police Cadet apprenticeship program. Open to young adults 18 to 21 years old, the initiative will give participants experience working directly with police officers and community members. The department last offered an apprenticeship program in the 1990s. “We are excited to re-start our department’s historic Police Cadet Program, with an eye towards …

Wilmington gun violence

Wilmington gun violence report: Pay for lots more intervention

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A report on reducing and preventing gun violence in Wilmington recommends the city fund several existing intervention organizations. create a coordinator position to oversee those groups and create more programming. Organizations that wanted to provide programming must have street level relationships and already actively engage in intervention work, the report from The Community Based Public Safety Collective. Mayor Mike Purzycki …

Urban Art Exchange stables

Art created in stables? See it yourself Saturday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The city of Wilmington and CityFest Inc. will show off their new Urban Artist Exchange and the work of its 21 teen summer apprentice artists Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house will coincide with Wilmington Open Streets and precede a 6 p.m. storytelling, drumming and dance performance at the nearby amphitheater. All the events are …

Once controversial Kalmar Nyckel tall ship celebrates 25th anniversary

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, sails to the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Tuesday. Photo by Deborah Webb.   The Kalmar Nyckel celebrated her 25th anniversary Tuesday with the crew sailing Delaware’s tall ship through the 4th Street drawbridge to its foundation’s shipyard, and then giving a two-cannon salute after the national anthem was played. About 200 people watched it sail …

Brandywine votes to join Wilmington Learning Collaborative

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney, left, and Dr. Mark Holodick, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education talk to the Brandywine School District board.   The Brandywine School District board voted unanimously Monday night to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative, following the lead of the Christina district. The Collaborative, a idea lobbied for by Gov. John Carney’s office and the Delaware …

Purzycki says city will put $50 million into residential redevelopment

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pour $50 million into residential redevelopment, starting in the city’s historic east side. That will include a new state-funded, state-of-the-art Bancroft School with classes and programming for students in first through eighth grade, as well as new athletic fields and after-hours programming. The first $30 million of the city’s projects will be spent in an …

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Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

Chief Robert Tracy/Wilmington Police Department A petition expressing support for the Wilmington Police Department has gathered more than 600 signatures after the Wilmington City Council on Thursday passed a “vote of no confidence” in Chief Robert Tracy. The vote happened after a nearly three-hour-long Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday during which Tracy and others defended the department’s practices amidst claims …

Wilmington to pay for 20 teens to take drone, virtual reality classes

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pay for 20 students to attend drone and virtual reality classes.   The City of Wilmington will pay for 20 teens to complete aerial drone and virtual reality training programs.  In coordination with Drone Workforce Solutions Drone School, 10 area teens will be selected to participate in a 16-week training course on the operation of …

Wilmington Jaycees bring back Christmas Parade

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Santa Clause is coming to Wilmington Nov. 27.   The Wilmington Jaycees annual Christmas Parade returns Nov. 27, after taking last year off because of COV ID-19. The parade will feature floats, antique cars, local celebrities, community groups, marching and string bands, among other performers and of course, the star of the show, Santa Claus. Children once again will be …

Wilmington assesses damage as city cleans up after record flooding

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Rescue workers in the flooded streets of Wilmington on Thursday. Photo from city of Wilmington.     Updated: This story has been updated to include information about a disaster reception center Tuesday and continued canvassing of neighborhoods through the Labor Day weekend. With the city of Wilmington under a state of emergency after Ida caused historic flooding, the city and …