Wilmington's first Hispanic police inspector to retire

By Tom Lehman 4:44pm, March 19, 2014 - Updated 12:20pm, March 20, 2014
Inspector Victor Ayala/Courtesy of Wilmington Police Department.
Victor Ayala, Wilmington's first Hispanic inspector, is retiring from the city's police department this week.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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The longtime veteran of the force will officially leave the department in a walk out ceremony on Friday, ending his 32 years of service with the agency.

He said becoming inspector was one of his professional goals as an officer.

"I think it's time to look at some other avenues because this is a young man's job and I've been here for a long time and this gives other people to opportunity to move up as well," he said.

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Ayala was named inspector last year along with Interim Police Chief Bobby Cummings, who took over the department after Christine Dunning retired in January.

He majored in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico but ended up being appointed to the Wilmington Police Department in 1982.

"It was kind of interesting, I went to school to be a chemist but I turned out being a police officer," he said.

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Ayala is moving onto the private sector to work as an investigator.

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