Police Department

Police Department

102 Town Hall Drive

Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Office Inquiries: 252-449-5337

After hours non-emergency: 252-473-3444

For immediate assistance during a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

KDH Police Car With Lights



The Police Department as part of, and empowered by, the community is committed to protecting the live, property and rights of all people. Our mission is 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.

The Department is divided into four divisions: Admin/Recordkeeping, Criminal Investigations, Patrol, and Animal Control.

Values of the KDH Police Department

Request an incident report: submit a request


Get an electronic copy of a crash report

Can I pay my ticket without coming to court? Visit the NC Courts website for online services.
I have a question about court.  Questions related to court should be directed to the Dare County Clerk of Court at 252-475-5200.
Where do I pay my parking ticket fine? Online: https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/kdhm
In person: 102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills. 2nd Floor, Finance Department.
Does the Town have noise regulations? Yes. Check our Town Code for more information.
Can the police check my house while I am on vacation? Absolutely, give our Department a call to let us know the date you'll be gone and we'll provide extra patrol by your residence. 
How do I appeal a civil citation issued for parking violation? An appeal of a civil citation shall be submitted in writing to the Town Clerk within 14 days from the date the civil citation is issued.
k9 Officer Zar with Police Vehicle

Community Programs

We are always glad to get involved with our community. Interested in learning more about the service we provide and outreach programs for our youth? Contact Community Police Officer Lora Gilreath to make arrangements. She can be reached by telephone at 252-449-5330 or by email lgilreath@kdhnc.com.

National Night Out is an annual event held to promote police-community partnerships. It brings law enforcement and the community together to have a fun time! There are tons of activities, information booths, and food. It’s always an enjoyable time!

In need of safety material? Officer Gilreath and she will be glad to provide valuable safety resources.


How you can help us - If you know something, say something.

We need the help of our community members to provide us with any information tied to offenses that have taken place in our Town. If you have any information relating to a crime that occurred in KDH, please contact our Department or the Dare Community Crime Line. You can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Submit an anonymous tip to the police dept

Complete this form to submit an anonymous tip to our Department

  1. KDH Cold Case

Denise Johnson Murder

Denise Johnson was a long time Kill Devil Hills resident who was murdered on July 13, 1997. Johnson grew up on the Outer Banks and the house she was killed in had been her childhood home. Despite an aggressive investigation into the crime, which included assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Johnson's killer has never been identified.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department and Dare Community Crime Line released video documentary, developed and completed by KDH Captain John Towler, with the assistance and cooperation from a number of others about the unsolved Denise Johnson murder.

The video examines the murder from the perspective of the first responders, the lead investigator and the victim's sister, Donnie Johnson.  The hope is that the program will rekindle community interest in solving the case and encourage those who have information to come forward and provide new leads for investigators to pursue.

Donnie Johnson, Denise's sister, who appears in the video, has agreed to speak to the media about her sister's murder and may be contacted at 252-573-8898. For law-enforcement follow-up questions, please contact Captain Towler at 252-449-5337.

KDH Police Dept. Monthly Crime Blotters



The Crime Blotter's are a monthly report to the community put together by the KDH PD. 

The Kill Devil Hills Police Blotter for May 2022 can be viewed here.

  1. Old Prescription Take Back Box

To help protect our citizens and our community, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department has medication drop box that allows citizens to dispose of prescription or over the counter medications properly. 

The drop box is located in the lobby of the KDH Police DEPARTMENT: 102 Town Hall Drive. It is available during normal business hours. 

Why should you dispose of medication in the drop box?

  • To prevent the poising of children and pets
  • To prevent misuse by teenagers and adults
  • To avoid health problems by accidently taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine, or medicine that is too old to work well
  • To keep medicines from entering our streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet
  1. Fraud, Scams, & Alerts
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  1. Lost & Found Items

KDH Traffic Tips: Rules of the Road

Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

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