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Note: The Wilkesboro Police Department submits crime data to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for processing through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. This data is then published in its Annual Summary Report and posted to the NC SBI website.

Crime statistics for Wilkesboro and 475 other North Carolina jurisdictions can be found at this website. The following table indicates indexed crime reported for the previous years by this agency.

Call Type 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Calls for Service 8,966 8,911 9,271 9,795 9,579 9,545 9,815 7,964 7,679 7,499
Accidents Investigated 546 577 664 632 535 529 617 615 584 589
Traffic Citation Charges 1,782 1,549 1,665 1,614 1,785 1,737 2,130 2,579 2,428 1,752
Investigative Reports 712 1,465 1,557 1,608 1,606 1,018 931 921 924 857
Misdemeanor Arrests 359 501 540 729 641 507 443 523 513 X
Felony Arrests 94 308 283 334 175 163 120 120 62 X
Type of Crime 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Murder 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Rape 0 2 1 3 3 1 3 1 3 1
Robbery 1 1 2 7 3 1 4 6 2 4
Aggravated Assault 7 8 11 9 6 8 8 10 14 10
Burglary 7 14 11 13 22 35 38 72 62 85
Larceny 227 284 295 301 351 207 238 261 283 255
Vehicle Theft 6 3 5 10 2 8 6 9 12 11
Arson 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0


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2015 Report          2014 Report         2013 Report         2012 Report         2011 Report         2010 Report 

Information in these reports:


 Annual Review and Analysis

 Performance Reports

I. Mission Statement

II. Organizational Chart

III. Accreditation

IV. New Employees

V. Promotions

VI. Patrol Operations Division

VII. Support Operations

I. Response to Aggression

II. Internal Affairs/Complaints

III. Vehicle Pursuits

I. Crime Index

II. Non-Crime Index

III. Traffic Statistics

IV. Community Service


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The Wilkesboro Police Department welcomes feedback from the public and encourages citizens to contact us with either positive or negative concerns. If you would like to give a positive comment or thanks to an officer you may do so by calling the department or by sending us an e-mail. If you wish to file a complaint on a member of this agency you may do so by following the steps outlined below.

Complaint Process

Note: You do not need to be present in person to file a complaint on an officer. You can phone in the complaint or send it via e-mail or if you so choose a supervisor will come to your home or business. You do not have to provide your name or any personal information; you can choose to remain anonymous. If you choose to remain anonymous, it makes it difficult to keep you informed and/or advise you of the results of the investigation. A citizen complaint can be completed at any time of the day or week. It does not have to be completed on the same day as the allegation occurrence.

Step 1

Ask to speak to the supervisor on duty. If the supervisor is not available, the officer will take your information and have a supervisor contact you within 72 hours to take the complaint. You may also request a complaint packet to take with you and return it to any supervisor at a later date.

Step 2

Complete the "Complaint Packet" as thoroughly as possible. If you want to remain anonymous, advise the supervisor taking the report. If you are unable to write, please inform the supervisor taking the report as a verbal complaint may be filed in which the supervisor will fill out the complaint packet for you.

Step 3

After completing the citizen complaint form, have the supervisor review the form with you and make sure it is correct. Remember, the supervisor taking the report may not be the supervisor that is investigating the complaint.

Step 4

The investigator will notify you that the report has been received and will be investigated. You will be notified at certain times concerning the status of the investigation. Once the investigation has been completed, you will be notified in writing of the results.



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C Garris

Chief of Police Craig Garris
2015 - present  

Former Chiefs Year
Robert D. Bowlin II 2003
Gary L. Parsons 1984
Delbert E. Wilson 1978
Billy Joe Huffman 1977
John S. Blackburn 1971
Eugene L. Joines 1948
Arlie Foster 1937
R.L. Lomax 1937
L.L. Lunn 1937 
J.E. Culler 1937
Parks L. Lenderman      1917
John Joines 1910
C.M. Cranor 1909
L.B. Dula 1905
C.U. Davis  1904
J.A. Forester  1903
J.C. Mitchell  1902
W.L. Bruce 1899
W.E. Gibbons 1899
W.M. Culler 1898
W.A. Vannoy 1898
W.L. Bruce 1897
W.A. Vannoy 1897
H.A. Cranor 1896
E.M. Pardue 1895
G.W. Isley 1895
E.M. Pardue 1894
W.C. Lewis 1889
W.A. Smith 1889


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The Wilkesboro Police Department consists of 21 full-time officers, 2 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.   

Patrol Division

Greer & K-9 Ryleepd-patrol-car2The Patrol Division has 4 patrol teams to provide continuous, around-the-clock police service and in 2016, we answered 9,000 calls for service and made 397 arrests. We have a Crash Reconstruction Team that is specially trained for in-depth investigation of the most serious traffic crashes.  To enhance the safety of children while they travel, we have 2 certified Child Safety Seat Technicians.  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 St., the Greenway, and the town’s parks so that people in these general public locations are better served. Off. Dancy also oversees our Special Olympics fundraising efforts and in 2016, we raised over $9000 for this worthy charity.  In summer of 2016, the department welcomed a new addition, Rylee, our K-9 Officer, that is handled by Sgt. Craig Greer. Capt. Jason Delbert supervises the Patrol Division.

Support Division

The Support Services Division consists of 2 General Investigators, 1 Information Technology Administrator, and 1 Controlled Substance Investigator.  Evidence control, equipment quartermaster, CrimeStoppers and crime prevention programs are some tasks carried out by the 5 officers in Support Services. Our Special Response Team (S.R.T.) is staffed by 7 of our officers and 1 North Wilkesboro PD officer with specialized training in various high risk operations.  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.  Also, our Records Clerk and Tele-communicators are part of Support Services.  Capt. Tommy Rhodes supervises the Support Services Division. 

We have obtained our CALEA certification in 2011 and 2014 on a 3 year accreditation cycle with the goal of continuing this prestigious certification in late 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.  For more information, visit www.calea.org     


For annoymous tips and how the process works, please see Crime Stoppers website.


Mission Statement

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.  

Promotions & Oaths of Office

Preston ParsonsJaymie McHargue

Donald Caudle


Advanced Certificates through NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards

Brian McManusChris HandyRocky MooreTommy Rhodes


North Carolina Annual Torch Run for NC Special Olympics Through the Years

All Wilkes County law enforcement agencies participate in the run annually. 

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Special Olympics Torch RunSpecial Olympics Torch busSpecial Olympics Torch Run Finish

Below are 2016 NC Special Olympics Torch Run images and fundraising activities. In January 2017, WPD was awarded the Gold Medal designation by NC Special Olympics this week for fundraising efforts in 2016. Thanks to everyone who donated, bought merchandise or participated in our events to provide opportunities for those served by this worthy charity. 

2014 Special Olympics Torch Run2016 Law Enforcement Officers Special Olympics Torch Run

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Fundraisers and Activities - current & past 

booze it or loose it

Participation in Booze It & Loose It campaign with the State Highway Patrol and several other agencies in 2016.  Law officers use the mobile breath-alcohol testing units, better known as BATMobiles, to increase the efficiency of on-site DWI processing. Each BATMobile is equipped with workstations for Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test instruments, cellphones, computers, officer workstations, a magistrate's work area, a lavatory, DWI checkpoint signs, traffic cones, traffic vests, search batons, screening tests devices and all other necessary equipment and supplies for processing DWI suspects. 



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Participation in 2016 Christmas Cheer Box meal deliveries to less fortunate families.  





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Officer Greer with K-9 Officer Rylee speaking at School Programs.









Participation in "Cops on Top"  Officers on roof of Wilkesboro's Chick-fil-A for NC Special Olympics Fundraising.

National Night Out Logo


Participation in National Night Out (NNO) Events NNO is designed to: 1) Heighten crime & drug awareness, 2) Generate support for and in local anti-crime programs, 3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police with community partnerships, and 4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized & fighting back.      

STMS Police Award     


Recognition at the state level for promoting Wilkesboro's Small Town Main Street Program with these uniform patches on their right sleeve. 

SYMS Police Uniform Patch