The Internationally Accredited Police Department provides 24-hour law enforcement services for businesses and residents within the town limits of Morrisville.
Our main responsibilities include maintaining order, protecting public and property, patrolling, responding to calls for service, and investigating criminal activity and traffic crashes.
Our agency is also responsible for crime prevention. Our officers patrol to deter crime, and are involved in community policing activities like neighborhood watch.
We, the members of the Morrisville Police Department, are committed to the improvement of the quality of life for the Town of Morrisville by working in partnership with our citizens. We will strive to maintain safe and secure neighborhoods for all of our stakeholders. This will be accomplished through the delivery of professional law enforcement services and recognizing the need to treat all citizens with respect and dignity.
The Morrisville Police Department is dedicated to achieving and maintaining national law enforcement accreditation. Our Core Values (honesty, integrity, professionalism, loyalty, and work ethic) will continue to serve as our foundation for providing excellence in police services. As the Town of Morrisville grows, we will continue to strengthen our partnership with the community by enhancing the quality of life for all.
In April 2016, the Morrisville Police Department was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We received our initial accreditation status in November 2009.
Accreditation is a process in which a law enforcement agency voluntarily complies to over 400 professional standards defined by the Commission. The standards focus on department policies, and operational procedures such as police training, use of force, emergency preparedness, and accountability. Compliance with these standards means a law enforcement agency both follows a code of conduct recognized by its law enforcement peers, the legal system and the public and also meets the best professional requirements and practices for agencies nationwide.
How do I pay or appeal a parking violation?
To learn more about parking enforcement in the Town of Morrisville, make a payment for a violation, or submit an appeal, visit the Parking Enforcement page.
When do I call 911?
Call 911 for emergencies – situations where immediate police, fire or ambulance assistance is needed.
For any situation where an officer is needed, even for non-emergency situations, call 911.
What do I do if am stopped by a police officer?
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. Being stopped by a police officer is scary. In an interaction with a law enforcement officer it is important to avoid doing anything that could result in a risk to safety.
Taking the suggested actions below will likely lead to a brief, positive, and safe encounter for both you and the officer.
This information is not intended as legal advice.
What are some reasons police might stop me?
Generally, because you:
- Are in the area where a crime just occurred
- Witness a crime
- Fit the description of a suspect
- Have been pointed out as a suspect
- Appear to need assistance
- Violate a law
What should I consider if I am stopped?
- Officers may not be stopping you for the same reason you think
- Over-reaction and/or lack of cooperation will complicate the situation
- Police are trained to remain in a position that will enhance officer safety
- Actions and communications are not intended to offend you
What actions should I take if I’m approached by a police officer?
- Follow the officer’s instructions
- Keep your hands clearly visible
- Make slow and deliberate movements
- If a weapon is present:
- Verbally inform the officer of its exact location
- Do not make any gestures towards the weapon
- State whether you possess a concealed handgun permit
- Wait for specific instructions before making any movements
- Remain calm and do not become argumentative
- Cooperation can greatly reduce the time you are detained
What actions should I take if I’m in a vehicle that is approached by a police officer?
- Follow the officer’s instructions
- Remain seated in the vehicle; do not get out unless instructed to do so
- Keep your hands visible
- Turn on the interior light when it’s dark outside
- Produce your driver’s license and vehicle registration upon request
- Do not reach for anything unless directed to do so by the officer
When can I be searched by a police officer?
- When arrested
- When a warrant exists
- When probable cause for an arrest exists
- When consent is granted
Be aware that if you are suspected of being armed, the police officer is allowed to frisk you for weapons to ensure the safety of everyone present.
What if I am involved in a traffic crash?If you are involved in a minor crash where there are no visible signs of injury to persons involved and the vehicles are drivable, move your vehicle out of the traveled portion of the roadway. Cars left in the road contribute to traffic congestion which can cause other crashes. Call 911 and exchange driver information. DO NOT leave the scene until you have spoken to the police officer.
I was involved in a traffic crash. How can I get a copy of the report?After a traffic crash, attorneys and insurance companies may require a copy of the accident report. To obtain a copy of the report, contact THE NC DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES. For fee information contact the Crash Reporting and Processing Unit at 919.861.3098. Or visit the Traffic Records website: http://www.ncdot.org/dmv and click “OTHER SERVICES”. The Morrisville Police Department does not keep copies of reportable motor vehicle crashes.
Who do I call about an animal complaint?
Wake County Animal Control handles any complaint regarding stray or rabid animals. You may contact them at 919.250.1475. The Police Department is not equipped or trained to handle animals, but we will respond in an emergency. Excessive barking or unleashed dogs at large may be a violation of a town ordinance. Contact us so that an officer may respond and investigate - Dial 911.
For further information on the Wake County Animal Ordinance, go here: Wake County Animal Control Ordinances
I need to get fingerprinted for employment or background purposes. Where can this be done?The City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) can assist you. They are located at 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, and provide this service daily. Their fingerprinting hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact CCBI at 919.856.6300. CCBI
Occasionally, I see things that are suspicious or unusual. I don't know if I should call the Police or what would happen if I did. Can you tell me about the procedure?
At any given time there are Officers on the street, available to respond to calls for service. The Police Department counts on the citizens of Morrisville to alert us to unusual situations. Any time someone calls, a dispatcher will take the information, ask questions, decide what/whom to send, and assess the urgency of the call. Each call for service will be handled, though obviously the higher priority calls may be taken first. To have an officer respond, call 911.
The Morrisville Police Department encourages all neighborhoods to form Neighborhood Watch groups. Watch Groups provide extra eyes and ears in our neighborhoods. Email one of our Crime Prevention officers for further details on starting a Watch in your neighborhood.
Email Crime Prevention Officer
I am new to the area. Is there any information that I need to know?You can download a Welcome Brochure from the Morrisville Police Department. It gives information regarding local ordinances (ex. leash law, noise ordinance, hunting, etc.) and other important information if you are new to North Carolina.
You may download it here: Morrisville Welcome Brochure
I am thinking of moving to Morrisville. How can I find out what kind of Police reports have been taken in the neighborhood?You can email Sgt. Hanks or fill out the request for stats form. The data will be compiled and emailed or faxed back to you. Area Report Request
I received a Citation. Can I reschedule the court appearance date?
Uniform Citations are issued by officers and the original goes to the Wake County Clerk of Court for scheduling. Any request for changes must be made through the Wake County Clerk of Court, telephone 919.755.4110
Click here for the Clerk of Court web page. More...
My home/business has a security system. Do I need to register with the police and are there any fees?
You do not have to register your system with us, but there is an Alarm Ordinance that covers it's operation.
See the Police "Forms & Links" section for tips on how to prevent false alarms. The Ordinance and fee schedule can be also be found in this section.