Wilmington Police Department Launches Hiring Process for New Recruits

Wilmington Police Department

WILMINGTON, DE — The Wilmington Police Department (WPD) is looking for new recruits to join its ranks and help enhance public safety in the city. The announcement, made by Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Chief of Police Wilfredo Campos, comes as the department opens its hiring process for the 103rd Wilmington Police Academy set to commence in July next year.

The application process, which will run until March 1. Prospective recruits will undergo an initial screening process comprising a written exam, a physical ability test, and interview panels, including an interview with the Chief of Police.

Campos, a veteran of the WPD with over 26 years of service, expressed excitement about the prospect of welcoming the next generation of police officers to the department. He highlighted the wide range of opportunities that a career with the WPD offers, from implementing evidence-based crime reduction strategies to engaging with the local community.

The WPD currently has an authorized strength of 312 officers. However, due to attrition, staffing levels have fallen below 95% of this number, prompting the need for a new academy class. The administration has informed the City Council of this requirement and will present more details at the next Public Safety Committee meeting.

Mayor Purzycki lauded the special qualities inherent in those who choose to become first responders. He expressed his anticipation in welcoming the next class to a rewarding lifetime of public service, emphasizing the instrumental role of police officers in improving the quality of life for the people they serve.

The WPD’s recruitment efforts occur throughout the year and take various forms. The department’s Human Resources Division regularly attends career fairs and other programs at high schools, colleges, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and community centers to promote the department and share information about a career in law enforcement.

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The recruitment team also reaches out to individuals who have previously expressed interest in joining the department and works with City Council members, faith communities, and other community-based organizations to promote the application process.

Chief Campos ended the announcement with an invitation for community members to join the WPD, emphasizing the opportunity to protect and serve their community. The number of recruits that will be accepted into the 103rd Wilmington Police Academy will be determined closer to the academy’s start date.

For more information, visit the WPD recruitment webpage.

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