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Del. Residents Question Officials About Crime

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington residents are calling for more effective crime-prevention efforts, as the murder rate climbs in the city.

About 200 people attended a forum Wednesday night to discuss policing efforts.

Some say the community needs to do more to work with police. Others are critical of public safety officials. For example, some residents repeatedly asked panelists about creating a homicide unit.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings says the city doesn't have the funding to support such a unit.

As of Wednesday, Wilmington has had 14 fatal shootings. That's five more than at the same period last year.

Mayor Dennis Williams is expressing support for stricter gun-control laws. Williams and Cummings say a better relationship between the community and police will play a key role in reducing the city's gun violence.

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