Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Dear Citizens,

We, the members of the Nags Head Police Department, are committed to being responsive to community in the delivery of quality services. We recognize our responsibility to maintain order, protect and serve the public, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our objective is to improve the quality of life through a community partnership which promotes safe and secure neighborhoods.

Police Department Building

This website is a brief overview of the resources, equipment and personnel utilized by the Town of Nags Head to complete our mission effectively. Welcome and enjoy!


Statement of Organizational Goals

We, the employees of the Nags Head Police Department, believe that providing superior service to the citizens of Nags Head is our primary responsibility and that all of our work should be responsible to decisions made by the Board of Commissioners and the citizens of the community. In order to achieve and maintain superior standards in both our work product and work performance, we are committed to the following values.

Strong planning and decision making involving employee participation.
Excellence in delivery of service to the public.
Respect for the dignity of the employee and recognition of individual contributions.
Vigorous pursuit of competency and responsibility in the performance of our work.
Integrity and honesty in all aspects of service.
Communication achieved and information shared in a open and supportive manner.
Equitable treatment and opportunity for all employees.

Departmental Goals

1. Maintain safe and healthy communities throughout Nags Head.
2. To develop and expand cooperative efforts.
3. To enhance community policing, and community partnerships throughout Nags Head.

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

"As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in nature or that is confided in me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement."