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WILKESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The mission of the men and women of the Wilkesboro Police Department is to strive for the impartial enforcement of state and local laws to foster the peaceful environment of our citizens. We will establish community partnerships by providing proactive police services aimed at crime reduction and the protection of life and property. By ethical interactions with those we serve, we will garner the mutual respect that provides the cornerstone of trust our citizens deserve.
The Wilkesboro Police Department consists of 22 full-time officers, 3 reserve officers, and 2 administrative assistants. There are 2 Divisions within the department, namely the Patrol Division and the Support Services Division. It is our goal to maintain contemporary and progressive levels of training and equipment to better serve our citizens.
The Patrol Division has 5 patrol teams to provide continuous, around-the-clock police service and in 2019, we answered 11,269 calls for service and made 342 arrests. We have a Crash Reconstruction Team that is specially trained for the in-depth investigations of the most serious traffic crashes. We are the Wilkes County Coordinator for the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and all patrol officers receive high levels of training in patrol functions. Our department has a Bicycle Patrol officer (Off. Bradley Dancy) for areas such as Main Street, the Greenway, and the town’s parks so that people in these general public locations are better served. Officer Dancy also oversees our Special Olympics fundraising efforts and in 2018, we raised over $13,000 for this worthy charity. In the summer of 2016, the department welcomed a new addition, Rylee, our K-9 Officer, that is handled by Off. Jaymie McHargue. Capt. Tommy Rhodes supervises the Patrol Division.
The Support Services Division is responsible for investigating reported general crimes and controlled substance violations. Many other functions are carried out as well, namely evidence control, equipment management, our Crime Stoppers role, and crime prevention programs. Our Special Response Team (S.R.T.) is trained in various high-risk operations and they provide 24/7/365 abilities to respond to disasters or situations when extra manpower is needed quickly. We are fortunate to be able to provide our citizens with protection levels of the caliber that the SRT provides through constant training with great equipment. Our Records Clerk and Telecommunicators perform essential functions and are also part of Support Services. Capt. Jason Delbert supervises the Support Services Division.
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (CALEA)
We obtained our CALEA certification in 2011, 2014 and in 2017. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The CALEA Accreditation programs provide public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards, which require:
Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions.
Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
Community relationship-building and maintenance
Independent review by subject matter experts
Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures.
For anonymous tips and how the process works, please see the Wilkes Crime Stoppers
website at http://wilkescounty.crimestoppersweb.com.
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF NC
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Participation in National Night Out (NNO) Events are designed to:
Heighten crime & drug awareness
Generate support for and in local anti-crime programs
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police with community partnerships
Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized & fighting back.
The Wilkesboro Police Department operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of our programs. To file a complaint of discrimination, fill out the Town's Title VI form (pages 6-7).