Police Officers

Chief of Police Jeff Ackerman

Chief Ackerman moved to the Outer Banks from the Washington, DC area. He began his law enforcement career in 1998, serving with the Nags Head Police Department and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.  In 2003, Ackerman joined the Town of Duck Police Department as a patrol officer.  In the years that followed, he was promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant, where he served as assistant to the Chief of Police and supervised day-to-day departmental operations. In July of 2020, Ackerman was promoted to Chief of Police.

Chief Ackerman holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and is a certified General Instructor with a specialization in hazardous materials and explosives.  “It is my honor and privilege to work for the Town of Duck, and to be a part of what is, without question, the finest coastal community on the Outer Banks.” Click here to e-mail Chief Ackerman.

Lieutenant Melissa Clark

Sergeant Melissa “Missy” Clark is a native of the Outer Banks. Sergeant Clark attended East Carolina University studying exercise and sport science with an emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation.

Sergeant Clark began her law enforcement career in 2002 with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department. She served in the Patrol Division as a patrol officer before going to the Criminal Investigations Division as a narcotics officer. In 2006, she accepted a position with the Southern Shores Police Department where she continued her work in both patrol and as an investigator.

Sergeant Clark comes to Duck with over 2,100 hours of Law Enforcement Training. She joined the department in December 2010. Sergeant Clark holds a General Instructor Certification with a specialized certification in Subject Control and Arrest Techniques/ Defensive Tactics. She is currently working towards her Tactical Certification which consists of 500 hours of specialized tactical training.

“Through my affiliation as a volunteer firefighter with the Duck Volunteer Fire Department, I have had the opportunity to become familiar with the Town and its citizens. This is a wonderful community, and I enjoy serving here.” Click here to e-mail Sergeant Clark.

Sergeant Jason Garrett

Master Officer Jason Garrett was raised in Columbia, North Carolina where he volunteered for the local fire department for six years. Officer Garrett then attended Basic Law Enforcement at the College of the Albemarle in 2005. Officer Garrett began his career with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned to patrol Corolla for three years.

In November 2008, Officer Garrett began working with the Town of Duck Police Department. Jason’s goal is to serve the community while growing both professionally and personally. Click here to e-mail Officer Garrett.

Sergeant Joe Knight

Master Police Officer Joe Knight comes to the Duck Police Department with over 7 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career as a Patrol Deputy with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and then moved to the Kill Devil Hills Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer and spent time as an Investigator. Officer Knight has been awarded the NC Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He is also a speed measurement instrument operator, certified IPMBA bike patrol officer, and a field training officer.

Before his law enforcement career, Officer Knight attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology.

Officer Knight is excited to work for the Town of Duck saying, “I am happy to work for a community that is supportive of its Public Safety. The residents and Town administration have made me feel really welcome!” Click here to e-mail Officer Knight.

Police Officer I Chuck Edwards

Officer Chuck Edwards comes to the Town of Duck Police Department as a native of Dare County with over five years of sworn law enforcement experience. He began his career in 2009 with the Dare County Sheriff's Office. During this time, he was selected, along with only two other Deputies, for a specialized position on the Dare County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit. While working for the Dare County Sheriff's Office, Officer Edwards had the opportunity for a part-time position as a Police Officer with Vidant Company Police located at the Outer Banks Hospital. He pursued this opportunity and eventually accepted a full-time position with Vidant Company Police, while continuing to work part-time with the Dare County Sheriff's Office.
Office Edwards has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and holds the North Carolina Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate as well as many other law enforcement certificates. He is a driven law enforcement officer and he constantly strives to better himself through education and training. Officer Edwards is proud to serve the Town of Duck. Click here to e-mail Officer Edwards.

Police Officer John Gilreath

Officer John Gilreath graduated from Tarheel Challenge Academy at the age of 17 and soon enlisted in the Army. After completing his service in the military, he graduated Basic Law Enforcement Training.  He comes to the Town of Duck with over 12 years of law enforcement experience and a wealth of training.  He holds both a Traffic Reconstruction Certificate and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. Click here to e-mail Officer Gilreath.

Master Police Officer Tara Poulin

Master Officer Tara Poulin was born in Petersburg, Virginia. and raised in Currituck County, North Carolina. She graduated from Currituck County High School in 2000 and then went to further her education at East Carolina University. In 2004, she graduated with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. She then completed Basic Law Enforcement at the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City in December 2004.
Tara was then hired as a part-time deputy with the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department for four months. In July 2005, she decided that the Duck Police Department was where she wanted to start her first full-time career as a Police Officer. Click here to e-mail Officer Poulin.

Police Officer Timothy Armstrong

Officer Timothy Armstrong became a police officer with the Winterville Police Department in 2008. Having served four years with Winterville, he became employed by Nags Head Police Department in 2012. Officer Armstrong comes to the Town of Duck Police Department with nearly 10 years of experience. He has earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Pitt College, and is currently about to meet all the requirements for his Advanced Certificate.

Officer Armstrong is a well-rounded Officer, and much of his training and experience is in special units and divisions. He has served with the DARE County SWAT Task Force for 4 years and is responsible for serving many high-risk warrants and other special tasks. Officer Armstrong is a true asset to the Town of Duck Police Department and he has an expressed gratitude for this opportunity. Click here to e-mail Officer Armstrong.

Police Officer Justin Naquin

Justin Naquin became a police officer with the Greensboro Police Department in January 2008.  During his career he became a General Instructor and ultimately a SCAT Instructor and Rabid Deployment (Active Shooter) Instructor.  Justin has taught most of the current police force in Greensboro in both disciplines.

Like most, Justin started his career in patrol, and eventually moved to the Downtown Response Team. In this Proactive Unit he generated his own work load and accumulated a substantial number of priority one offence arrests. Following this he was promoted to Detective on the Department’s newly formed Street Crimes Unit. There he was tasked with charging the city’s known violent offenders with many weapons charges.

In July of 2017 Justin left the Greensboro Police Department and brought his experience and training to the Outer Banks starting with the Nags Head PD. One year later, Justin comes to what he hopes will be his permanent home, the Town of Duck Police Department. Click here to email Officer Naquin.