A Message from the Chief...


Greetings, Elizabeth City


It is an honor to be a member of the “Harbor of Hospitality” community.  Please know that the Men and Women of the Elizabeth City Police Department strive to meet the highest ethical and professional standards in police service; our Department is committed to providing top quality law enforcement services 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. 

Let me start by telling you a little about myself.  I am originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  After graduating from high school, I served in the U.S. Marines for four years.  I began my career in law enforcement with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department.  During my twenty-five years with North Myrtle Beach, I worked my way through the ranks and was appointed as Chief of Police for the department in 2014.  After serving as Chief for three and one-half years, I retired in 2017.  I later relocated to North Carolina in 2019 after accepting a position as Chief of Police for the Nags Head Police Department, where I served for three and one-half years.  I am also a 2013 graduate of the Southern Police Institute.  When I was recently presented with the opportunity to be Interim Chief of Police for Elizabeth City, I gladly accepted the position.  I can already see in a short period of time why this city is known for its neighborliness because I have most certainly been welcomed here by so many!  It is a beautiful, charming city with a strong sense of community involvement and I am delighted to be a part of it. 

I am glad you have decided to visit our Department’s website. The Elizabeth City Police Department has many community policing initiatives that we offer that are aimed at developing and enhancing collaboration with citizens, youth, neighborhoods and community stakeholders. As your Chief of Police, I am committed to creating innovative approaches to delivering excellent police services in a fair, equitable, humane and compassionate manner. Our police officers adhere to a policy-structure-law approach and are guided by the core values of integrity, honesty, responsibility, professionalism, fairness, and respect.  Please know that we are a dedicated law enforcement agency which hires professional members who demonstrate the highest standards of performance, advocates for best practices in policing, ensures accountability, and promotes dignity and respect for every citizen.   In my new role as Chief, I intend to forge new community partnerships and explore new ideas and ways to connect and communicate with community stakeholders to ensure we stay informed of community needs.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and I look forward to connecting with you in the near future.   I hope you will take a moment to browse through the website to learn more about the services we provide.     




J. Phillip Webster

Chief of Police