WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- The mayor of Wilmington says police officers will increase their presence in the downtown area in an effort to cut down on crime.
Mayor Dennis Williams said Friday that the police department will transfer officers from specialized units to patrol division, boosting police presence in central Wilmington.
Wilmington police also plan to revise policies and procedures to increase efficiency and the amount of time officers are on the streets.
Wilmington has been plagued for years by gun violence, but Williams said the downtown area also has seen excessive panhandling, loitering and disorderly conduct.
Williams plans to discuss the new police deployment plan at news conference Tuesday in Rodney Square.