On July 25, 2018 Officer Lora Gilreath conducted the organizational meeting for citizens interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch program in Kill Devil Hills. Approximately 20 people attended.
Neighborhood Watch is a community awareness effort. Participants report suspicious activity through Dare Central Communication's non-emergency line. At the next meeting of this group, which may be held in September 2018, data to support the need for a Neighborhood Watch will be shared.
If you'd like more information on Neighborhood Watch, please give Officer Gilreath a call at 252-449-5337, or you can reach her by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs for Businesses
The Ident-A-Kid program is offered by the Kill Devil Hills Police Department to help record important information about children in case they run away, are abducted or otherwise go missing. Biographical information is recorded, fingerprints and photographs are taken of each child. This information is NOT maintained by the Police Department; rather it is left with the parents who will have it ready to provide to any law enforcement agency who might need it on short notice to help locate a missing child. Residents can stop by the police department with their child for fingerprinting and photographing and to pick up the Ident-A-Kid package. Many local event organizers request the police department participate in their planned activity by setting up an Ident-A-Kid booth.
TheKill Devil Hills Police Department offers a Law Enforcement Explorer Program for those interested between ages 14-20. The mission of the program is to allow students to see if they would like a career in the law enforcement field. Besides learning from the Basic Law Enforcement Training Manual, cadets wear a uniform to shadow officers on the job, gain CPR training, learn defense tactics, and receive firearms training and how to recognize a threatening subject. Cadets receive volunteer hours and after some training, they may assist the KDH police department with such situations as traffic control and flagging.
The Law Enforcement Exploring program is sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Plains Boy Scouts, and led by KDH Police Officer Jody Lewis. The program is nationwide but has just started in KDH this year, with three local high school students, and now has extended to 12 members. There is a $15 student fee paid to the Boy Scouts to cover one’s insurance for a year. Meetings are the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., located in the meeting room at the Administrations Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off of Colington Road.
In addition to the meetings and volunteer opportunities, students may receive trophies based on skills from beginner to advanced, at the annual June Academy Conference in Salemburg, NC.
For more information on the Law Enforcement Explorers Club, and how to sign up, contact Officer Jody Lewis at the Police Department at (252) 449-5337.