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Mission Statement
  The Wrightsville Beach Police Department, as part of, and empowered by the community is committed to protecting the lives, property and rights of all people. To reduce the incidence of crime, maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially, while working with the community to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.

Vision Statement
We, the Wrightsville Beach Police Department, are committed to providing the highest quality of police services to the people who live, work and visit our town. We will constantly evaluate and improve our efforts to enhance public safety with the goal of improving the quality of life within Wrightsville Beach, while at the same time maintaining respect for individual rights and human dignity.

The Wrightsville Beach Police Department welcomes you to Wrightsville Beach. We hope that you enjoy yourself while in our town, regardless of whether you are a resident property owner, a non-resident property owner or a visitor to our community. Our approach to law enforcement is to work with the public in maintaining a high standard for our quality of life. While our goal is for everyone to enjoy Wrightsville Beach, we hope that enjoyment does not come at the expense of others.

Our Department is made up of 23 full-time paid officers, and 8 reserve officers. All officers, both full-time and reserve, complete Basic Law Enforcement Training consisting of 602 hours of classroom and practicum instruction. In addition, our officers are required to continue training throughout their careers, completing a minimum of 24 hours of in-service instruction annually. This level of training and certification insures that the community and its visitors have amply qualified individuals responding to their calls for service.

We hope that you will assist us in our efforts to maintain the quality of life within the community by not only obeying the law and respecting the rights of others, but also by letting us know when you observe someone who is not doing the same. It takes more than law enforcement presence to maintain a high quality of life. It takes community assistance and interaction. Please call or e-mail us with your questions and comments regarding Wrightsville Beach law enforcement. And, by all means, call us if we can assist you. We really do want to make everyone's experience in Wrightsville Beach a more pleasant one. Thanks for your assistance in that effort.

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The following regulations have been put into place in order to make the overall Wrightsville Beach experience more enjoyable:

  • Vehicles are not allowed on the beach strand at any time of the year.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks. In addition, bicyclists must ride in single file as close to the right-hand side of the roadway as is possible. All bicycle operators under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet on public roads, public paths, and public rights-of-way.
  • Public consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to private property. Consumption on public property or the possession of an open container on public property is prohibited.

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        Wrightsville Beach Police Department
        3A Bob Sawyer Drive, PO BOX 452
        Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


321 Causeway Drive, PO Box 626
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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