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The Wilmington Police Department is recruiting through August for its next police academy.

Applications must be submitted to join the 98th cadet class to the city Department of Human Resources by Aug. 31. Those who meet the qualifications may be accepted into the police department ranks. 

Applicants must meet the following qualifications: 

  • 21 years of age
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license 
  • Attained a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • Meets the WPD residency requirement within six months of employment
  • “Good moral character” 
  • Applicants serving in the military must provide DD214 (Certificate of release or discharge from active duty)

The base salary for a Wilmington police officer is $46,379.

The recruitment process includes passing a physical test, a written exam, oral interviews, medical and psychological testing, a polygraph exam, drug screening and a background investigation. 

Applications may be obtained from the Department of Human Resources, located in the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 N. French St. The phone number there is (302) 576-2460.

Contact Adam Duvernay at or (302) 324-2785.

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