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Friday, May 17, 2024

One officer retires, another steps into new role at WPD

Wilmington Police Department will have a new deputy chief as its assistant chief sets to retire this summer. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department will have a new deputy chief as its assistant chief sets to retire this summer.

Assistant Chief David Oyler will step down in August. He has been with the department since 1993 and took over the reins as AC in 2018. Oyler worked in multiple departments, including the criminal investigation division, patrol, ATF task force, vice and narcotics unit and special operations. He also assisted with the SABLE program.

Former Captain Kelvin Hargrove has also taken over in the deputy chief position. Hargove has worked at the department for three decades in patrol, SWAT, vice and narcotics, and criminal investigations divisions. He also has mentored area youth through basketball and served as WPD’s police athletic league coordinator.

His new role will include “supervising professional standards, planning, and public information,” according to a press release from the department, with a focus on community engagement.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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