Mayor Mike Purzycki, Chief Robert J. Tracy Open Application Period for the 100th Wilmington Police Academy
Individuals interested in becoming a Wilmington police officer can apply online
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Chief of Police Robert J. Tracy today announced that the hiring process has begun for individuals interested in becoming a Wilmington police officer. The application period opens today for those who would like to be trained as part of the 100th Wilmington Police Academy expected to begin this summer. The Mayor and Chief are urging those interested in a career in law enforcement—and public service—to apply today to join the police department in Delaware’s largest city.
A fillable application form and instructions for uploading information required by the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) can be found here. Applicants may also contact Master Sergeant David Prado at 302.576.3177 or email him at David.Prado@cj.state.de.us. The application period for the 100th WPD Academy will close on Friday, March 27.
“Now more than ever, a career in law enforcement can provide a wide range of opportunities for growth and development,” said Chief Tracy, who has spent more than three decades in policing. “Whether patrolling the streets of Wilmington and answering calls for service, investigating crimes, building trust through community engagement, gathering intelligence or managing personnel, our police officers gain a wealth of experience while serving our city in this noble profession.”
The Wilmington Police Department has an authorized strength of 315 sworn law enforcement officers. Today’s current staffing level is 299 officers, which is below the 95% statutory threshold that allows the City to begin a new police academy class. City Council approved a resolution last month regarding the new academy.
The number of recruits accepted for the 100th Wilmington Police Academy will be determined closer to the start date of the academy class and will depend upon future retirements and attrition that could further reduce staffing levels.
The WPD Human Resources Division regularly attends career fairs and other programs at high schools, colleges – including Historically Black Colleges and Universities – and community centers to promote the WPD and to share information with those who might be interested in a career in law enforcement. The recruitment team will continue these efforts, and will also contact those who previously expressed interest, and will work with City Council members, the faith community, and other community-based organizations and groups to promote the application process.
“We are always looking to recruit the next group of police officers to join our agency – which has adopted cutting-edge crime strategies that have resulted in historic reductions in crime,” said Captain Tashawn Counts, commander of the WPD Human Resources Division. “This is a rewarding and fulfilling career that allows you to connect with the community, and to truly help people.”
Inspector Charles Emory, who leads recruitment efforts along with Captain Counts, spoke about efforts to continue to increase the diversity of the department and to attract a wide range of candidates. “Chief Tracy has tasked Captain Counts and me to lead recruitment efforts, and also to make efforts to increase the diversity of our department by attracting applicants representing a variety of backgrounds,” said Inspector Emory. “The Wilmington Police Department has been steadily becoming more diverse thanks to these efforts, and we hope to continue this pattern through this historic 100th Wilmington Police Academy.”
The initial screening process will include a written exam, a physical agility test, and interview panels that will include a Chief’s interview.