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MCPD | Message from the Chief

Welcome to the Morehead City Police Department’s website. Our department currently consists of 40 sworn officers and 5 non-sworn members.

The Morehead City Police Department is a full-service, proactive agency. The Morehead City Police Department’s philosophy is community policing. Our goal is to continue to provide a high level of customer service in an effort to increase our connection with the community. This requires a department-wide commitment to improving the quality of life, in partnership with our community, through fair and professional police services. The Morehead City Police Department is committed to treating all people with dignity, fairness and respect. Along with protecting their rights and providing equal protection under the law.

Crime Prevention shall be the primary goal of all members of this department. We will become proactive, as opposed to reactive. Instead of waiting to respond to problems in the making, we want to attack a problem as soon as it is identified as such, as aggressively as possible. For this to be successful, it is crucial to give and receive input from the community.

We will continue to develop positive role models and create an atmosphere of safety and trust with our citizens throughout the community.

Please feel free to contact us if we can assist you in any way.


Chief Bernette Morris
[email protected]
252 726-5361

Chief Bernette Morris

 Chief Bernette Morris Chief Morris began her career in 1995 with the Morehead City Police Dept. She is a graduate from the Law Enforcement Management Program and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  She was part of the initial Governor’s Highway Safety sponsored Traffic Squad established here and has served the department in several capacities before being promoted.  She was recognized in 2008 on a State level for her work with children in the “After School Program” (“ASP”) that she holds here at the Morehead City Police Department.  She holds an Advance Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice and Training and Standards Commission. She became a member of the North Carolina Associations of Chiefs of Police in 2015. She was also appointed to serve on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council as the “Chief of Police” representative for Carteret County and on the 911 Communications Advisory Board.