Residents, government officials discuss ways to reduce crime in Wilmington


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WILMINGTON, Delaware — Government officials and residents in Wilmington are meeting to discuss how to build trust and reverse crime trends in the city.

During a forum Thursday night hosted by the Delaware attorney general's office, attendees called for a reward system that pays for crime tips and an increase in minority prosecutors.

Some also called for an outside unit to investigate police officers, following police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Newsweek magazine recently called Wilmington "Murder Town USA" after its high ranking on the FBI's annual crime statistics.

At the forum, state prosecutor Kathy Jennings said it's going to take every agency in the state and city to help improve safety in Wilmington.

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