Police Department

The mission of the Town of Duck Police Department is to provide the permanent residents, non-residents and visitors with the highest quality of law enforcement services. This service to the public will be conducted in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with statutory authority, available budgeted resources and professional skills. The Department recognizes its members as its most valuable resource, and will strive to maintain the quality of public service through committed leadership, supervisory direction, career development, succession planning and training.

John Cueto, Chief of Police

General Information

Welcome to the Duck Police Department. The Duck Police Department exists to serve you with the highest standards of professionalism, courtesy, and integrity.

Following are the programs that are offered to our community, as well as the regular Police Blotters, that highlight police activity within the Town.

If you have any questions, or would like to participate in any of our programs, please call us at our office at 252.261.1112 or email us.

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The current Police Department Staff follows. For additional information, or to contact an officer specifically please go to our Police Officer page.

Chief John Cueto

Lieutenant Jeff Ackerman

Sergeant Melissa Clark

Master Police Officer Tara Poulin

Master Police Officer Jason Garrett

Master Police Officer Joe Knight

Master Police Officer Tammy Bybee

Police Officer I Chuck Edwards

Officer John Gilreath

Officer Justin Naquin

Officer Timothy Armstrong

Administrative Assistant Nicole Martin

Vision Statement

Utilize a balanced approach, make great use of technology and new equipment, establish a meaningful relationship between the community and police officers and direct the agency with the most cutting edge tenets of policing in practice today.

Our Programs

Property/House Checks: The Duck Police Department offers a property/house check program to the Town’s property owners. As part of the program, the officers make periodic checks of residences that are not occupied during the off-season. The officers look for open windows and doors and other signs of unauthorized entry, as well as looking for other items such as water leaks. If an officer finds anything at a residence, the homeowner or rental company will be contacted so the residence can be secured. Additionally, if it appears that a crime has occurred, the incident will be investigated.

Video Program: The Duck Police Department also offers a video service to residential property owners. Properties can be vulnerable to natural disasters, theft, and fire. It’s important to take preparatory steps and have an inventory complete with photographs or video. This service includes having a police officer come to the residence and video tape and document it contents. As part of the service, the homeowner will receive a copy of the video on C.D. and the police department keep a copy for its records in a secure database as a back-up.

Security Surveys: Our police officers also offer a security survey service of residences and commercial properties within the Town. These surveys are designed to assess residences and businesses for ways to make the property more secure and to give recommendations that the property or business owner can implement to address potential security issues. Security surveys are conducted on an as requested basis.

Business Owner/Employee Security Seminars: The Duck Police Department is available to lead a seminar on Crime Prevention for Outer Banks merchants and businesses. Topics that are may be covered include: shoplifting prevention and response; detecting and dealing with fraudulent financial transactions and counterfeiting; assessing and improving physical security; and providing an overview of judicial system functions.

The Town of Duck Police are committed to serving our residents in need and do our best to establish a relationship with Duck Town residents who may need a little extra special attention and assistance. We do have a program available to all full or part-time residents of Duck that is tailored to suit each participant’s specific needs. Volunteer participants may choose to have Duck police officers make personal visits to their homes, contact them on a scheduled basis via telephone or e-mail, assist with smoke detector inspection, conduct a residential site security assessment, or assist with any other agreed to item that may help them to feel more secure within the community. Additionally, participants may choose to divulge personal medical information that may assist emergency medical personnel during unusual events or emergencies. All information that is provided to the Duck Police Department will remain strictly confidential. Click here to view our flyer.

For additional information, please contact the Town of Duck Public Safety Office at 252.261.1112 or policeinfo@townofduck.com. The Town of Duck Police Department also is available to further assist our business community with issues such as business security and shoplifting prevention.

Police Blotter

Updated Police Blotters are generally released on a weekly basis. For the current Police Blotter, click here.