WILMINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), announced his guest to the President’s State of the Union will be Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy.
“It’s my honor to be joined by Chief Tracy at the State of the Union,” said Sen. Coons. “In just a short time Chief Tracy has been at the helm of the Wilmington Police Department, he has made a measurable impact on the safety of the residents, quality of life in the city, and built a stronger bond of trust with those he serves. I am thankful for his willingness to join me for tonight’s address."
Chief Tracy, the 31st police chief in Wilmington, has worked tirelessly to target violent crime in Wilmington. Chief Tracy has built a strategy around advanced crime analytics while also placing an emphasis on connecting with community leaders to build a relationship of trust with neighborhoods impacted by violence.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to attend the State of the Union as a guest of Senator Coons," said Chief Tracy. "I look forward to representing the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department, who are working diligently every day to enhance public safety in Delaware's largest city."
After two years as Chief, in May, Wilmington saw a decrease of 22 percent in violent crime, with a reduction in homicides down by 63 percent, and shooting incidents down by 61 percent. By the end of June, numbers were down from the same time as last year, with overall crime numbers down nine percent as well.
In December, Chief Tracy and the Wilmington Police Department was recognized as one of only 16 departments by Project Safe Neighborhoods for “Outstanding Local Police/Sheriff Department Involvement.