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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”


Email | (252) 481-5844

Chief Forehand has been with the Ayden Police Department since 1993. 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, and now Chief.  He enjoys playing golf, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family in his time off.

Email | (252) 481-5840

Captain Dempsey started working with the Town of Ayden in 2003 as a Police Officer. Captain Dempsey is from Pitt County, and he attended Pitt Community College where he obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Captain Dempsey has served the Department as a Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant.  Captain Dempsey is married and has two daughters. He enjoys playing golf and watching college football during his time off.

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 founded over twenty years ago and is still very much active.

The Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ayden Community Building, 548 Second Street, at 6:00 pm. 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.

Submit a Tip to the Police Department

To submit an anonymous tip via text message to the Ayden Police Department, text AYDEN and your tip to 847411.
Download Ayden Police Department App

Choose a link below to download the Ayden Police Department app from your app store. This app allows citizens to submit anonymous tips from their mobile device.

Fingerprinting Services


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.

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 its 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.


Policy Manual
House Check Form
Complaint Affidavit
Request for Records Release

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