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Why is there always a Wilmington police officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods? Is he or she paid by taxpayers?

F.T. Norton
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Q. Why is there always a Wilmington police officer standing at the door of Dick’s Sporting Goods? Is this officer “on duty” being paid by taxpayer funds?

A. The officer standing at the door of any business on a regular basis is likely a contract worker, according to Katrina Scott, contract coordinator for the City of Wilmington’s Off-Duty Contracts Department.

According to Scott, local businesses can hire off-duty officers to work security in their businesses. The program is overseen and monitored by the city.

Police Officers will be in full uniform and are available 24 hours a day. This service is provided within the Wilmington city limits only.

Among the program’s clients are banks, grocery stores, movie and television production companies, retailers, churches, private individuals, funerals and hotels.  

The cost is an hourly rate of $30 per-hour per officer with a four-hour minimum. Marked police cruisers are $25 per vehicle if the vehicle is used for four hours or less. A cost of $50 per vehicle is assessed if the vehicle is used for more than four hours. A police cruiser cannot be requested without an officer.   Officers then receive a percentage of the pay.

To request the services of an officer Click here.

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5 Responses to “ Why is there always a Wilmington police officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods? Is he or she paid by taxpayers?”

  1. On April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm Richard wrote:

    I have never seen a police officer at Dick’s, entrance or otherwise.

  2. On April 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm jango wrote:

    i think the question is about the cruiser that is often just sitting in the dicks lot. sometimes rather early like 6 am.

  3. On April 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm Richard wrote:

    The question specifically said, “. . . a Wilmington police officer standing at the door of Dick’s . . . : BTW, I was at Dick’s yesterday — no police office standing at the door and not police cruiser in the parking lot.

  4. On April 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm Glen wrote:

    I often see an officer at Dicks standing just inside the door and often wondered the same thing. I guess this explains it!

  5. On April 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm Michelle wrote:

    There is an officer there all the time. I have been in there 3 different times over the past few weeks. Sometimes they arent at the front, theyre a little further back just monitoring the front area. But they are always there.



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