During the Wilmington City Council budget retreat, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous asked councilors for funds to place five full-time police officers in downtown Wilmington. Currently, only one officer is stationed downtown full-time. Evangelous feels more staffing will help improve the nightlife problems downtown has been experiencing, especially on weekdays after 11 p.m. and weekends.

-Julie Fertig, News 14 Carolina Coastal Reporter