Patrol Division
Criminal Investigations Division

Patrol Division

The largest division within the Elkin Police Department is the Patrol Division.

The Patrol Division consists of:
Uniform Patrol, Uniform Reserve Officers, & Telecommunications Center.

Uniform Patrol is the largest unit within the Patrol Division, comprised of 12 sworn officers assigned as initial responders for all calls for service within the Town of Elkin. The Patrol Division logged 9,271 calls for service in 2016.

In 2016, the Patol Division arrested 31 for DWI, served 192 warrants and conducted 1,610 traffic stops. The Patrol Division also responded to 682 accidents.

Patrol Staff
Sergeant J. Johnson, Sergeant K. Church, Sergeant N. Hooker, Sergeant S. Sanders, Corporal T. Rose, Corporal J. Brooks, Corporal L. Trexler, Officer Jake Hiatt,  Officer Will Blackburn, Officer Brian Nelson and Officer Jessika Cave.

The Telecommunications Center is comprised of 4 full time telecommunicators responsible for receiving calls for service and responding the appropriate units which include police, fire, and emergency medical services to a scene. The Department's Telecommunications Center serves as a vital 24 hours a day / 365 days a year link between the community and the officers patrolling the streets of Elkin. In 2016, 30,303 calls came in to the Telecommunications Center.

Telecommunication Staff
Telecommunicator M. Coe, Telecommunicator S. Collins, Telecommunicator A. Bryant, and Telecommunicator M. DeHaan.

The Elkin Police Department Auxiliary Unit is comprised of men and women that assist the Police Department by supplementing normal police patrol. Auxiliary Officers are required to successfully complete Basic Law Enforcement Training and receive required annual inservice training alongside full time patrol officers. Auxiliary Telecommunicators receive comparable training as full time telecommunicators as well.

Auxiliary Staff:
Detective J. Foster, Officer D. Armstrong, Officer K. Castevens, Officer N. Hauser, Officer J. Poteate, Officer J. Grizzell,  Officer S. Cox, Telecommunicator L. Burcham, and  TelecommunicatorJ. Harrelson.

Patrol Division

Criminal Investigations Division

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The Criminal Investigations
Division of the Elkin Police
Department urges citizens
to contact them with information
about crimes at CID

This division conducts criminal investigations and gathers evidence of major crimes. The investigative work of this division is supplemented by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 

This divison is supervised by Detective LieutenantJosh Tulbert, an 11 year veteran of the Elkin Police Department. He received his basic law enforcement training from Wilkes Community College, he holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Justict Academy. Lt. Tulbert received an Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice / Business Adminstration and Management from Liberty University  in 2017. He is a memeber of the NC ICAC, Surry County Safe Kids and Surry County Community Crime Prevention Team and is a member of the North Carolina Homicide Investigator Association and International Association of Financial Crimes Investigations.  Assisting Lt. Tulbert  is Det. Sgt. Joey VanHoy. Sgt. VanHoy  is a 22 year veteran of the Elkin Police Department. He completed his basic law enforcement training at Surry Community College and is a North Carolina Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.Sgt. VanHoy also holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.   This unit processes crime scenes which includes the search and processing of latent prints, crime scene photography and collection of relevant evidence. 

Narcotics investigations are a part of this division's assignments to minimize the flow of illegal drugs. Officers work with neighboring agencies and are equipped with state of the art technology that helps record illegal drug transactions.

In 2016, the Criminal Investigative Division investigated 871 cases. 

The Elkin Police Department encourages any person having knowledge of illegal drug activity to click on the "CID" link below and report such activity. If individuals do not have access to email they may call (336) 258-8914. All information will be kept strictly anonymous. It is helpful to leave a phone number but is not required.

One of the largest problems the police department faces is check forgery. Here are some guidelines that will help prevent businesses from becoming victims of check related crimes. Businesses that follow these guidelines will be given priority in investigations.

We encourage you to report any and all activity that you may think is suspicious. Taking criminals off the streets has been a long time team effort in the Elkin Community. When providing information please keep in mind your information will be anonymous.

 KR Hall 2018
S.R.O. Kevin Hall 

The Elkin Police Department has had five different D.A.R.E. Officers and four different School Resource Officers since the inception of the D.A.R.E. program in Elkin in 1988. The Police Department combined the two positions in 2002. Law enforcement officers who teach D.A.R.E. have tremendous credibility with, and impact on students as a result of their "real world" experiences dealing with people who are victims of the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol.

D.A.R.E. Officers are selected on the basis of their ability to serve as positive role models for kids and their demonstrated commitment to helping young people remain drug free. Once selected, officers undergo a rigorous training program and continuous evaluation.

D.A.R.E.'s impact on reducing substance abuse among young people is well documented both in terms of qualitative studies verifying D.A.R.E.'s success and in terms of the "real world" experiences of D.A.R.E. students. More than twenty studies from around the country cite D.A.R.E. as an excellent substance abuse prevention program and many of these clearly demonstrate D.A.R.E.'s effectiveness in preventing drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

Our D.A.R.E./School Resource Officer is involved with special projects such as Red Ribbon Week, DARE Fund Raisers, Project Prom, health and safety fairs.
The drug problem in America is costlier and more dangerous than ever. Between 70% and 90% of all crime in the United States is now drug related. Drug abuse seriously impacts our financial strength with drugs in the workplace costing American industries over $250 billion per year. All of us pay the price. Despite millions of arrests and the common confiscation of narcotics, 23 million Americans currently use illegal drugs. It is clear that law enforcement efforts alone are not enough to overcome this pervasive problem. Demand reduction - especially among young people - is vital. We must educate our children and give them the tools they need to resist peer pressure to use illegal drugs and alcohol, join gangs and participate in violence. Most importantly, we must help them build and maintain self-confidence.

In 1983 the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angles Unified School District established a revolutionary new anti-drug program, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), to help stop illegal drug use among the young people in Los Angeles. D.A.R.E. was initially designed to give children the facts about drugs and alcohol. From the start, D.A.R.E. was an overwhelming success with law enforcement agencies and school districts throughout the country requesting the D.A.R.E. curriculum. Within a decade of its founding, D.A.R.E. had expanded into more than 5,800 cities in 50 states and 48 foreign countries. More than 25,000 officers have been trained as D.A.R.E. instructors worldwide.

The D.A.R.E. program was started in 1988 in Elkin and is funded by the Town of Elkin, Yadkin Valley United Fund and the Elkin City Schools. The town and school district employ one full time D.A.R.E. Officer who teaches the 10 week D.A.R.E. curriculum to one elementary school and other programs to Elkin Middle School. More than 600 students are exposed to the D.A.R.E. and other programs conducted by the D.A.R.E instructor from kindergarten through the sixth grade each year. Although the D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught to sixth graders, the kindergarten through fifth graders are visited by the D.A.R.E. Officer and given information about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

The D.A.R.E. Officer is also a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the elementary, middle and high schools within the school district. This SRO handles all police matters on and around the Elkin High School campus. The SRO also interacts daily with the students and staff of all schools building a better rapport with the community they serve. SRO duties also include counseling and conflict resolution, home visits for truant students, and various drug, gang and parent classes as requested by different community groups.


Mailing Address

Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Street Address

226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621

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