Study Claims Wilmington Spends More Than Double The National Average On Policing

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A study by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy claims Wilmington spends more per person on policing than any other city in the study.

In 2016, the year in which the latest numbers are available, Wilmington spent $932 per person on policing.  The national average of $396.

Year Variable DE: Dover DE: Wilmington
2010 Police Expenditures 414 985
2011 Police Expenditures 400 887
2012 Police Expenditures 412 881
2013 Police Expenditures 461 916
2014 Police Expenditures 481 946
2015 Police Expenditures 506 976
2016 Police Expenditures 527 932

Source: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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