WPD Policies and Procedures

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Photo of the color guard in procession during the Wilmington Police Academy ceremony.
Photo of Wilmington Police Academy recruits.
Photo of officers participating in recreational activities at the Wilmington Police Academy.
Police cadets at the academy graduation ceremony
Boy kneeling next to dog in front of a WPD police vehicle
Archive photo of WPD officer standing next to his police vehicle in front of the Public Safety Building

Mayor Purzycki and Chief Tracy invite members of the public to review the Wilmington Police Department's Policies and Procedures, which are organized according to the various chapters and policies, and are available for review and download below.

The Wilmington Police Department is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with the City of Wilmington Law Department to review each of the policies and procedures and to make the necessary redactions to preserve public safety and officer safety, and in accordance with the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights and the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. This review process remains underway, and additional policies will be made available as review is completed.

Additionally, the Wilmington Police Department, in keeping with its national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Officers, engages in regular review of policies and procedures, and anticipates updating some outdated provisions in the months to come. As policies and procedures are updated, they will be updated on this page.

Chapter 1 - The Organization

Chapter 2 - Office of Investigative Operations (forthcoming)

Chapter 3 - Office of Uniformed Services (forthcoming)

Chapter 4 - Uniform Crime Reporting System (forthcoming)

Chapter 5 - Probation, Resignation, Retirement, Reinstatement

Chapter 6 - Procedures (the majority of this chapter, with the exception of the policy below that was released on June 11, is forthcoming)

Chapter 7 - General Conduct

Chapter 8 - Administration of Discipline 

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