The video, which provides some lighthearted history into the stereotype, is an attempt by the department to reach out to the public, especially at a time when the city is dealing with serious issues such as gun violence.
Wilmington police Cpl. Mark Ivey said they want to make people feel comfortable partnering with them.
“One of the things we are working on is building bridges between the community and the police department,” said Cpl. Mark Ivey, a Wilmington police spokesman. “This is just an attempt at poking a little fun at ourselves and humanizing us.”
The video originally ran on Wilmington’s TV station; it found popularity when posted to the WPD’s Facebook Page.