The City of Southport

Police Department

Message from The Chief

I would like to welcome you to the City of Southport, voted the happiest seaside town of 2015. The Southport Police Department is committed to protecting its citizens and visitors through ethical and proactive law enforcement. Our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism that builds strong relationships with the citizens we serve. We are dedicated to raising the standards in community service. We take pride in what we have accomplished in the past, but are looking forward to the services we will provide in the future.

Chief Gary Smith
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Contact Us

Report a crime. Leave an anonymous tip. Request emergency assistance.

Call 911 or Call Southport Police

Southport Police Department
113 W. Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461
Front Desk / Records Office Hours
Monday – Sunday 8am – 12am
Open Weekends and Holidays

(910) 457-7911 (Non-Emergency)
(910) 457-0302 fax

Officers and Staff

Chief Gary Smith gsmith@southportnc.org
Detective Sergeant Michael Williams mwilliams@southportnc.org
1st Sergeant Mike Simmons msimmons@southportnc.org
Corporal Anthony Bernard abernard@southportnc.org
Officer Corey Whitehead cwhitehead@southportnc.org
Officer Nathaniel Taylor ntaylor@southportnc.org
Officer Kevin Long klong@southportnc.org
Officer Riley Ransom rransom@southportnc.org

Submit a Tip

If you have any information regarding any crime that has occurred in the City of Southport please let us know. Reporting crime keeps Southport safer for you and all citizens. Please fill out the form using the button below, then click the “Submit” button. You can choose to remain completely anonymous by leaving the reporting person’s information blank. Or, if you would like us to contact you, please complete the reporting person’s information section. Within the limits of the law, all information will be kept confidential.

Tips submitted on the weekend will be reviewed on Monday morning. Tips submitted during the week but after normal business hours will be reviewed the following morning.

The quickest way to report even the smallest infraction of the law is to call 9-1-1. You will NOT get in trouble. All officers are dispatched through 9-1-1 NOT through the Southport Police Dept. The Southport Police Department phone is ONLY capable of handling non-emergency calls.

When should you use 9-1-1?

Nine-one-one (9-1-1) is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police/sheriff, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. It’s better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.

Do not call 9-1-1

  • for information
  • for directory assistance
  • when you’re bored and just want to talk
  • for paying traffic tickets
  • for your pet
  • as a prank

If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the call taker what happened so they know there really isn’t an emergency.

For more information about using the 911 emergency call system please click here.

To Protect and Serve

Southport Police Department

We of the Southport Police Department recognize our obligation to help maintain a safe and secure community. We acknowledge our contribution to the quality of life within the community. The provision of quality police services with the highest professional standards is our primary aspiration.

We intend to fulfill the challenging responsibilities through active participation in the following shared values:

Service To Our Community: We value the opportunity to provide service which is courteous, responsive, firm, efficient and fair. We regard the members of our community as partners and indispensable resources in a combined policing effort. Respect for the individual worth, dignity, and rights of all those we serve is the foundation of our department.

Integrity: We value and expect truth, honesty, and ethical behavior from the members of our organization. We are committed to upholding our position of public trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards and the utmost respect for the ordinances and laws of our city, state, and nation. Our role as peace keepers and enforcers of the law will not be compromised.

Employees: We value our fellow employees as the most important organizational asset. We realize our success depends on mutual respect, cooperation, and recognition of our co-workers. All employees will receive equitable and fair treatment and be provided the proper tools and training necessary to meet organizational goals and objectives.

Professionalism: We value the spirit of professionalism, having a clear sense of commitment, perspective, and direction. We encourage it by creating an environment that promotes teamwork, innovation, and constant evaluation of ourselves.

Pride and Enjoyment in Our Profession: We value our work as a source of enjoyment and satisfaction, we are proud our community, and our department, our accomplishments in the service, and our steadfast commitment to the protection of the Peace and Dignity of all the citizens we protect. We possess a great sense of pride serving our chosen profession with the Southport Police Department.

Department Services

Help For Our Citizens

The Southport Police Department has several programs focusing on community issues such as child welfare, we care, house check, safe driving in school zones and neighborhoods, and drug use. The department also works closely with community advisory councils within the community to strengthen the relationship between members of the community and police. For more information about these services please call (910) 457-7917.

We Care Program

We Care is a program designed to help the elderly. The Southport Police will call your home to check up on you on a daily basis when you sign up for the program.

Car Seat Installation Program

Southport Police Department became a permanent Car Safety Passenger Seat Permanent Checking Station in 2011. The program is designed so that parents and caregivers can transport their families safely. Parents and caregivers are provided information that allows them to use their restraints correctly along with a hands on service to make sure child restraints are installed and used correctly.

Here are some links to resource sites that can provide useful information regarding child passenger seats.

Buckle Up NC     |    Safe Kids

House Check Program

The House Check program sends an officer to your home to verify all is in good standing while you are out of town.

Fireworks in Southport

Laws and Guidelines for Safe Fireworks Use

There are 3 basic forms of fireworks:

  1. Commercial–Display
  2. Dangerous
  3. Consumer

Commercial firework displays are typically used for display for large public audiences. They are maintained and monitored by licensed pyro-technicians and the Fire Department during the setup and launching process. A permit from the city is required to possess and discharge such pyrotechnics.

Dangerous fireworks are explosives such as M-80’s, firecrackers and even small firecrackers known as “Lady Fingers”. It is illegal to possess or discharge such fireworks anywhere in North Carolina.

Specifically prohibited fireworks are: Explosive or aerial fireworks, roman candles, and rockets or similar devices.

Consumer fireworks are permitted in some North Carolina counties, unincorporated areas and cities. In Southport, it is illegal to possess or discharge any fireworks even if they were legally purchased outside of the city. It is even illegal to possess those items on the beach under the same law.

Specifically permitted fireworks are: Sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers, and toy pistol caps.

Additionally, the dangerous practice of shooting a gun into the air is illegal.

Please consider your fellow neighbors and remember these laws and warnings.

Useful Links

Please visit the links below for more information.

Code Enforcement

City of Southport

Southport Code Enforcement
Officer Brannon Gray
201 E. Moore Street
Southport NC 28461
bgray@southportnc.org
910-457-7911 – office
201 E. Moore StreetSouthport NC 28461

Duties and Responsibilities

The Southport Code Enforcement Department has the main responsibility of enforcing all city codes recorded in the Southport General Code of Ordinances. The Department has several different divisions in which the duties of code enforcement are grouped. They are the following:

  • Animal Control
  • Fire Prevention
  • Health/Sanitation
  • Minimum Housing
  • Solid Waste
  • Sign Enforcement/Permitting

Other Duties or Miscellaneous Codes

Regulate Signs & Fences – Sign Permit Application
Regulate violations on City right of ways

Animal Control

The Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for the enforcement of the animal control code, which is Section 3 of the Southport Code of Ordinances. Along with the enforcement of this code the City of Southport provides several services dealing with domesticated animals, as a benefit to city residents. They are as follows:

  • Rabies Education
  • Pet Responsibility Education
  • City Licensing Program
  • Stray/Abandon Animal Capture

The Code Enforcement Officer also performs several investigative functions. Under the Animal Control Division, the code official is a North Carolina State Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator. All animal cruelty/neglect cases are investigated through this department. Noise violations pertaining to animals are also investigated when a complaint is received. All animal bites/attacks must be reported, and investigated according to the North Carolina General Statues. Any and all animal related matters can be forwarded to the Code Enforcement Department for a prompt response.

Forms and Permits Issued

  • Complaint Form
  • Rabies Alert & Information

Health/Sanitation Division

The Southport Code of Ordinances addresses health and sanitation matters in chapter 9 of the city code. The Code Enforcement Officer has several programs that coincide with health and sanitation matters.

The Board of Alderman of the City of Southport has vested the code enforcement officer the authority to enforce this chapter. Health and Sanitation violations bring safety concerns to the community due to the inhabitation of mice, rats, snakes, or vermin of any kind which is dangerous to the public. The City wants everyone to have a safe environment to live in and to be free from unnecessary health and sanitation matters.

The Code Enforcement officer can assist you with the following matters pertaining to health and sanitation concerns:

  • Solid Waste Violations
  • Weed Control/Overgrown Lots
  • Abandon/Junked Motor Vehicles
  • Spring & Fall Clean-ups

Minimum Housing Code Division

The Minimum Housing code regulates housing standards in the City of Southport. The purpose of this code is to keep all structures up to code, which meets the minimum requirements for living conditions.

Deteriorated and dilapidated structures can either be brought up to code or demolished. Information or Inspections can be scheduled by contacting the Code Enforcement Officer.

Solid Waste Division

Section 15 of the Southport Code of Ordinances deals specifically with Solid Waste. The Code Enforcement Officer has enforcement rights of this code.

The City of Southport no longer picks up garbage or yard debris. A County wide contract is held with Waste Industries Inc. Any refuse placed in front of a residence will result in a citation with a fine. Arrangements must be made with Waste Industries Inc for special pickup of white goods, brown goods, or large amounts of yard debris.

Illegal dump sites in the City are being monitored by the Code Enforcement Officer and the Southport Police Department. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any having any information in regards to illegal dumping or solid waste violations may call the code enforcement officer at (910) 457-7926 or 910-279-1863.

To arrange for special garbage pick up call:
Waste Industries Inc
1-(800) 814-4544