Professional Standards Division Services

Records: The Records Section is supervised by a Police Records Supervisor who is responsible for all report maintenance and warrants, providing data and support documentation upon request, preparing activity reports, maintaining the department’s computerized record keeping programs and payroll. This section also performs the duties of the Telephone Response System which take reports from walk-in and call-in complainants.

Internal Affairs: This function is performed by the Professional Standards Captain who reports directly to the Chief of Police.  Internal Affairs is responsible for investigating all serious complaints and allegations of misconduct by members of the Wilson Police Department.  The Professional Standards Captain is responsible for processing and maintaining all case files regarding complaints and internal investigations conducted by police personnel.  If you have a complaint about a member of the Wilson Police Department or to receive information on complaints filed against our members in preceding years, call Captain Eric Smith at 252-399-2321.


Inspections: The Professional Standards Captain is responsible for ensuring that members of the police department are adhering to policies and procedures. This is accomplished through periodic inspections.


Accreditation: The responsibility of this unit shall be the management of Accreditation files and to insure that periodic required activities (reports, reviews and inspections) are being met. The Accreditation Manager is responsible for the management of the Accreditation files and shall be assisted by other assigned personnel from time to time as needed. The Accreditation Manager will also be responsible for grants as well as other duties that may be assigned under Support Services.  - In December of 2011, the Wilson Police Department participated in its seventh re-accreditation on-site assessment process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., also known as C.A.L.E.A. The Wilson Police Department met with C.A.L.E.A. Commissioners at the National Conference in Mobile, AL in March 2012. At that conference, the WPD was officially re-accredited for the seventh time. 

Our Department was first accredited in 1987 and was the second department to become accredited in North Carolina and the forty-seventh department in the United States. C.A.L.E.A. was established in 1979 for the purpose of developing a national accredited process for law enforcement agencies to voluntarily demonstrate that they could meet an established set of professional standards. The Department has recently completed its seventh re-accreditation.  


Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Wilson Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville VA, 20155. Or Email at


Grants:  The Wilson Police Department actively seeks state and federal grant funds when available. If the grant requirements and criteria can be met, i.e. population number, etc., approval to apply is requested from the Wilson City Council. Approval from City Council is necessary due to matching fund requirements which the City of Wilson has to comply with. Grant funding in the past has allowed the City and the Police Department to hire officers, purchase equipment, computer software and hardware and afforded the Department the opportunity to further its community policing efforts through expanding programs and opening district stations in the neighborhoods