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The City of Wilson Police Department employs highly trained individuals for a variety of public service roles. Our department employs sworn officers and civilian employees. From our K-9 Unit to administration to our special response team, the City of Wilson Police Department is here to protect your safety twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The diverse employment allows them to provide the most efficient service to the citizens of Wilson.

The Wilson Police Department is divided into two main Divisions: Field Operations (Patrol) and Support Services.

Field Operations (Patrol) Division

Patrol Districts (North, South, Central and West): The Patrol Districts shall be managed daily by District Sergeants and District Captains. The Field Operations Major is in charge of all Patrol functions, Patrol supervisors and Patrol officers. The Patrol component shall be organized into four teams (A, B, C and D); each team is supervised by two Sergeants. The Patrol Districts shall be responsible for the following:

  • The major part of the department’s effort to preserve peace, protect life and property and prevent crime.
  • To provide a substantial measure of preliminary investigation in major crimes.
  • To conduct complete criminal investigations in other specified crimes.
  • To enforce laws relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, accident investigation and traffic enforcement activities.
  • To verify that school crossings are manned.
  • To implement and maintain Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving strategies designed to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Wilson.
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Any other task assigned by the Patrol supervisors

North/Central Neighborhood Associations

  • Golden Leaf Apartments Neighborhood Community Association
  • Old Wilson Neighborhood Community Association
  • Daniels Street Neighborhood Community Association
  • Fox Chase Neighborhood Community Association
  • Cavalier Park Neighborhood Community Association

South/West Neighborhood Associations

  • Washington Carver Heights Neighborhood Community Association
  • Elvie Street Neighborhood Community Association
  • Glenwood Hills & Valleydale Neighborhood Community Association
  • Five Points Neighborhood Community Association
  • Walkers Trace Neighborhood Community Association

To find your Neighborhood Association please click here and look under the District Map

Administration Division Services

Police Information Systems: This section consists of the two Police Information Technology Specialists. This Unit is supervised by the Administration Division Captain. This unit is responsible for technical support on all technology based equipment which includes our email system, server system, in-car camera, network printers, and mobile and desktop computers, The Police Information Technology Specialists are the department’s liaison with the City’s Information Technology Service and other city, county, private agencies.

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. In November of 2014, the Wilson Police Department participated in its ninth 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 Colorado Springs, CO in July, 2015. At that conference, the WPD was officially re-accredited for the ninth 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

Barton College: The mission of the Barton District of the City of Wilson Police Department is to contribute toward the quality of life in and around Barton College by fostering a reasonably safe and secure environment in which; security is balanced with freedom of movement, individual rights are balanced with community needs, and the pursuit of learning, teaching, and research can take place. Wilson City’s Barton District Police Station is a full service police agency with full police powers

Public Information: The Public Information Officer handles all contact with media representatives, coordinates community events on behalf of the police department, conducts research as directed by staff members, works in crime analysis, as well as other tasks assigned by staff.

Park Ranger: The Park Ranger is responsible for patrolling and enforcing laws and city ordinances on all City parks and recreational facilities.

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.

Downtown Officer: The Downtown Officer is responsible for patrolling and enforcing the laws and city ordinances in the Central Business District.

Housing Authority Officer: This program was established to provide designated enforcement in the Housing areas of the City. This officer works directly with Wilson Housing Authority to provide safer neighborhoods for the residents who live in public housing residences. Some of their duties include assisting residents in community events, providing educational programs for all age groups and taking enforcement action in these housing sectors when necessary. This officer has become a staple in the housing community, with residents calling on them for a wide variety of assistance requests, ranging from child mentoring to assistance with job applications.

The Housing Authority Officer is responsible for 3 housing amps. These areas are Forest Rd. Homes, Whitfield Homes, and E. B. Jordan Homes. There are several complexes throughout the city attached to these three amps. The housing officer maintains a tenant list and ban list in the housing area.

Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT): A team of highly trained officers who specialize in negotiating with subjects who are in a state of crisis. The ultimate goal is to bring a peaceful resolution to a highly volatile situation through the use of interpersonal people skills.

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

Professional Standards Division Service

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. For more information on complaints click here.

Recruitment: Recruits and processes qualified applicants. Serves as a liaison with the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy personnel and Department sponsored applicants. Also serves as the liaison for the Department’s Health Maintenance program.

Training: Coordinates in-service training programs that address the needs of the department. Provides career development counseling and schedules re-certification and other classes as approved through the chain of command.

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.

Forensics: are responsible for many aspects of the criminal investigation. They work crime scenes for physical evidence. They look for latent evidence, compare latent evidence, and prepares sketches and testify in court proceedings. Forensic personnel are skilled in scientific methods of evidence collection, preservation, and analysis.

Budget: The Professional Standards Captain is responsible for creating, implementing, and fiscal management of funds throughout the year.

Special Operations Division Services

Vice/Narcotics: This section is supervised by the Vice and Narcotics Sergeant and is responsible for the detection and apprehension of those involved in Vice/Narcotics criminal activities. This section is responsible for Career Criminal Identification and Asset Forfeiture.

US Marshal’s Task Force Liaison: This officer works in a dual role with the Wilson Police Department and the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Gang/Juvenile Unit: This unit is responsible for the identification and detection of gangs and gang members in the City. This officer also serves as the liaison for disseminating gang information to members of the Department and to other law enforcement agencies.

The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP): utilizes traffic enforcement resources to not only address traffic related concerns throughout the city, but also is effectively used in conjunction with other policing efforts to address ongoing crime trends and concerns in specific areas of the city.

Problem Oriented Response Team (PORT): The purpose of the Problem Oriented Response Team is to provide concentration against chronic problems and substantial issues in selected areas. The objectives of this team are: community relations and proactive enforcement efforts throughout the City of Wilson.

Investigation Division Services

Homicide Task Force: is a group of investigators currently assigned to specialize in the investigation of homicides. Additionally, the homicide task force is assigned cold case homicide investigations.

Burglary Task Force: is a group of investigators specializing in the investigation of residential and commercial burglaries occurring throughout the city. They specialize in the recovery of stolen property and burglary patterns within the city.

District/General Investigators: is a group of detectives that work various types of cases within the city, specifically within the district they are assigned. They work cases ranging from felony larcenies, motor vehicle thefts, motor vehicle burglaries, missing persons, rapes, robberies, arsons, and white collar crimes and fraud related incidents.

Juvenile Investigators: are assigned many juvenile related crimes in which juveniles are either suspects or victims. They work closely with juvenile issues and represents the agency in juvenile court proceedings.

Domestic Violence: The Wilson Police Department employs an officer who works directly with victims of domestic violence. This officer works in partnership with the Wesley Shelter, court system, and other agencies who provide assistance to victims who have suffered from domestic violence.

Victim’s Assistance: provides assistance to victims of crimes. There are many ways this coordinator assists victims long after the crime. Our victim’s assistance coordinator assists with death notifications, and aids victim’s in ways of compensation as a result of being a victim of a crime. She also maintains records and disseminates information for the Wilson County Crime Stoppers.

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