WPD receives huge response to cruise lights survey

Survey still open until Friday March 5

Survey now available to give feedback on WPD Blue Lights program

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department on Twitter said Tuesday the responses to the Cruise Lights survey so far were “AMAZING” and asked the public to keep the responses coming.

Friday March 5 is the closing date for the survey.

The Wilmington Police Department announced February 23 that it had suspended its cruise lights pilot program to seek feedback from the community.

Since Jan. 22, WPD officers had been patrolling with their cruise lights on to test a theory that doing so would increase visibility and help deter crime.

The pilot program was tested for a month and, now, WPD is seeking feedback from Wilmington residents through a survey posted on the WPD website with the following three questions:

  • Have you noticed WPD vehicles traveling with their blue cruise lights on?
  • Do you think that having the cruise lights on while patrolling has caused you to notice WPD vehicles more often while traveling around the City?
  • Do you think the cruise lights help in increasing police visibility and deterring crime?

“We want the community to become more involved in our policing, and this is the perfect opportunity for that,” said Chief Donny Williams. “I encourage all Wilmington residents to please take a minute to answer these questions and let us know your thoughts.”

Results of the survey will be published following the closing date.

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