Toussaint E. Summers, Jr.
Chief of Police
Message from the Chief
The New Bern Police Department is one of the oldest police departments in the state of North Carolina with documented history dating back to 1797. Combining a rich law enforcement heritage and today's technologies, the department strives to set the standard for policing by which other police departments are judged.
NBPD Mission Statement
"We the members of the New Bern Police Department, working with all people, are dedicated to providing outstanding services with integrity, respect and fairness while promoting a safe environment."
New Bern Police Department Values and Goals
NBPD News and Information:
2011 Cops & Kids Summer Camp Proved to be a Success
The 2011 Cops & Kids Summer Camp, sponsored by the New Bern Police Department and volunteer citizens, proved to be a tremendous succes for the 6th straight year! Children between the ages of 6-12 enjoyed fun-filled days with activities that included field trips to Strike Zone, Bear Town Cinema 6 Movie Theater and the Aurora Fossil Museum. The participants also received life-skill based training regarding bullying, communication skills, civic responsibility and conflict resolution through the Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina. Approximately 60 children from the community participated in a variety of exciting and educational activities, which for many, were the highlight of their summer.
The New Bern Police Department would like to extend a special "thank you" to the following entiites for their support and donations: Christ Episcopal Church, Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina, Bear Town Cinema, Pizza Hut and the Wintergreen Free Will Baptist Church. Likewise, because of the guidance and supervision of Officer Malydia Owen, Officer Harold Bright, Sergeant Laura Penninger and Captain Denise Harris-Powell, the youth in our community experienced an enlightening and memorable summer.
Change in Policy Regarding the Trapping of Wild Animals
in the City of New Bern
The trapping of wild animals in the City of New Bern requires a "depredation permit". This permit allows for the removal of wild animals from a residential area that are causing significant property damage. Previously, the depredation permit was issued to the New Bern Police Department's Animal Control Unit. This is no longer the case due to a conflict in rule 15A NCAC 10B.0106. The permit is now issued directly to the property owner or lessee, where significant property damage must be demonstrated. There is no charge for the permit. Visit www.ncwildlife.org for more information to obtain a permit. Please note that the permit is not issued to remove animals just because they are in the area or have been seen during the day.
You may continue to call 252-633-2020 to report a wild animal when it is showing obvious signs of sickness or unprovoked aggression. The Animal Control Officers are allowed to take a wild animal under there circumstances.
For non-emergency related questions, you can leave a message for the Animal Control Unit at 252-672-4215.
City of New Bern's Dog Leash Ordinance
Sec. 6-28. Definitions.
It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to do any of the following:
Cause, permit, or allow an animal to be away from the premises of the owner, or to be in a public place, or on any public property in the city, unless such animal is under restraint.
Definition of restraint:
Restraint. An animal is under restraint within the meaning of this article if it is:
(1) Controlled by means of a chain, leash or other like device;
(2) On or within a vehicle being driven or parked; or
(3) Within a secure enclosure.
(Code 1971, § 4-21; Ord. No. 2002-6, § 2, 1-22-02)
Commendations or Complaints
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New Bern Police Department Employee
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IMPORTANT INTERNET SAFETY
For Parents and Children
Although the Internet can be a beneficial and convenient tool for students, child predators can use it to locate unsuspecting young victims.
A survey conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children revealed that one in five youths between the ages of 10 and 17 has received unwanted sexual solicitations online. The survey also indicated that one in four children has been exposed to online pornography.
Parents often underestimate the dangers of online predators and often believe their child would tell them about such experiences. However, the survey found only about 25 percent of sexual solicitations and less than 40 percent of unwanted exposures were ever reported to parents.
The New Bern Police Department considers the Exploitation of Children over the Internet to be a very serious offense and assigns detectives from the Major Case Unit , who are specially trained and committed to investigating cyber crimes against children.
For more detailed information about Internet Safety, visit the North Carolina Department of Justice web site. You can also view an incredible video, "Internet Safety: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Child."
Discussion topics on this site include:
-- Tips for Parents
-- Creating Online Rules
-- How to Talk to Your Child
-- FBI Warning Signs
If you are concerned that your child might be at risk, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) for resources and information.