- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

WILMNGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington officials have unveiled a plan to address the city’s violent crime problem in response to recommendations from a panel formed by state officials to try to improve public safety.

The plan presented Monday by the mayor and police chief includes adding 12 officers to a homicide and violent crimes unit, and dedicating 25 officers to community policing efforts.

Officials also are proposing four new positions in strategic planning and development, support services, information technology and public relations, at a cost of about $830,000.

Officials say the plan implements more than 80 percent of the recommendations from the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. State lawmakers created the commission at Gov. Jack Markell’s behest to help reduce Wilmington’s violent crime, which included 28 homicides and roughly 120 people shot last year.

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