Mission Statement

To provide the community with an alternative manner of solving community based problems by encouraging the interaction and cooperation of the Police Department and citizens. 

"By working together, we will strive to recognize, identify, and solve problems, thereby by improving the 'quality of life' for our community"


Barry Stanley - Police Chief
Chief Stanley has over 20 years of law enforcement experience.  The most recent six years were served as the Police Chief of Bethel, North Carolina.  Chief Stanley has eastern North Carolina roots and is an Ayden resident.  Chief Stanley enjoys golf and spending time with his family in his spare time.

Chief Stanley
(252) 481-5844

Chris Forehand - Police Captain
Administrative and Investigative Division
Captain Forehand has been with the Ayden Police Department for 16 years. He is originally from Edenton, NC, and moved to Pitt County in 1989 where he attended college at Pitt Community College and earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.  He started his law enforcement career in Ayden as a Reserve Officer, and part-time dispatcher, and has moved up the ranks to Captain.  He enjoys playing golf, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family in his time off.

Captain Forehand
(252) 481-5844

Gerald S. Pierce - Police Lieutenant
Patrol Division and Traffic Enforcement
Lieutenant Pierce began his career in Ayden in November 1989 as a dispatcher.  In March of 1992, he completed BLET and began patrolling the streets of Ayden.  He transferred to the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department in 2002 where he obtained his intermediate and advanced law enforcement certificates.  The town of Ayden gained him back in December of 2007 as a sergeant and was recently promoted to his current position in June 2017.  He also serves a regional law enforcement liaison for the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Lieutenant Pierce
(252) 481-5844

Community Policing

The Ayden Community Policing Program is designed to work with citizens, property owners, and business owners to create a safe community and environment to live, work, and play. The Ayden Community Policing Council was formed over twenty years ago and is still very much active. The Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ayden Community Building, 548 Second Street, at 7:00pm. All citizens and business owners are welcome to attend and work with the Ayden Police Officers to identify opportunities for a safer community. For more information about the Ayden Community Policing Council, please call (252) 481-5834.


The following are programs that the Ayden Police Department offers to the community and have been a successful component to providing a safe environment for all of Ayden.

  • Shop with a Cop
  • Elderly Watch Program - Click here for application
  • Citizen's Police Academy - Click here for Application
  • National Night Out
  • Halloween Safe Night Out
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • Coffee with a Cop
  • Neighborhood Meet and Greets
  • Community Policing Council

Community Presence

The Ayden Police Department works with the citizens to recognize and reduce crime as well as improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods in which they live. The Ayden Police Department was presented with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Community Oriented Policing and has won the OASIS award for excellence in school related programs.


The Town of Ayden maintains their own communications center.  Around the clock dispatchers are able to take police calls, dispatch officers, and they also take emergency electrical phone calls.  

Animal Control

The Ayden Police Department has one part-time animal control officer, who patrols the streets of Ayden, looking for stray, injured, and at large animals. The animal control officer also operates a shelter for the animals, which is located at the Town of Ayden Operations Center.


House Check Form
Complaint Affidavit
Request for Records Release

These forms can be downloaded and filled out and returned to the Ayden Police Department.

Police Dept. Survey

"How are we doing?," is the question for the Ayden Police Department these days.  Please take 5 minutes (or less) to take the survey and send our officers your praise or your pointers on how they can improve public safety in our community.  Click on the link below to get started.  Thanks in advance for your support!