WDEL Exclusive: Williams takes wraps off "aggressive" policing plan

By Amy Cherry 4:27pm, February 4, 2013 - Updated 12:52pm, February 5, 2013
Mayor Williams (File)
Mayor Williams hints jump-out squads may be coming to the streets of Wilmington.

In news you heard first on WDEL, the mayor tells WDEL's Rick Jensen Show they've got so-called secret plans to be rolled out soon.

"We can stop and detain people hanging in alleyways looking very suspicious, having no ID that they live in these particular places. It is unlawful to gather behind residences and boarded up houses," says Williams.

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Williams explains who they're targeting.

"We're going to confront these folks on corners, 30-40 people on a corner that don't belong there; these are the things we're going to do. We're going to be looking at people that are on probation, and we're going to start talking to the judges and the probation department about these people who are carrying firearms that are on probation; why do they keep getting out?" asks Williams.

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He also said they're increasing police presence in known hot-spots for violence.

"We've been down on Bennett Street, we've been down at 7th and Washington Street, we've been at several places, LaMott Street, Carter street, we're going to continue to go back to these places. Remember, it's been 12 years of do lah lah, we inherited this," Williams says.

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And Williams admit his style won't be popular, but "that's too bad," he says.

"We are going to ruffle some feathers. Some people are not going to like what we're doing because the status quo isn't going to be the status quo anymore. We're going to shake some people up, and people are going to start complaining, but you know, it is what it is," Williams says.

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