Welcome To The Southern Shores Police Department



The Police Department supports the core of Community Policing, and accepts its definition as both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that will allow the police and the community to work closely together. Together, we will work to establish and maintain mutual trust among all entities to improve the quality of life while enforcing the law.


The Police Department of Southern Shores is committed to being a leading community-oriented department.We are committed to being recognized as leaders in our profession by providing quality, customer focused, problem solving services in partnership with the community we serve.Our goal as a Community Police Department is to ensure that police and the community share the responsibility for finding workable solutions to problems that detract from community safety and security.We are committed to have open and honest communications both internally and externally.We are committed to making sure that with each contact with the public, we treat each person with dignity and a sense of professionalism.We are committed to excellence in all professional endeavors, maintaining high ethics, and striving to be the best in all we do.


The Police Department consists of the Office of the Chief of Police, Administrative and Uniform and Divisions.The Chief of Police is appointed by and directly answerable to the Town Manager. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Department and the final departmental authority in all matters of policy, operations and discipline, subject to any grievance and/or appeals process provided by the Town Policy.

Remember, in case of an emergency (police, fire or physical injury), please dial 911. For non-emergency calls, please contact Dare Central Communications at 473-3444. The Southern Shores Police Department office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may reach our office at 261-3331 or fax at 261-4851. Please feel free to visit us at the municipal complex located at the intersection of NC 12 and NC 158. It is our goal for you, the citizen, and our officers to be on a first name basis and for us to work together to meet the needs of our community.

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