Incorporated April 14 1983 A resolution, by the Dare County Commissioners on 14 February 1983, endorsed the creation of the “Dare Community Crime Line” Motion: Thomas B. Gray Seconded: Joe Lamb, Jr. Signed: Robert V. Owens, Jr., Chairman Founding 19 Directors: Bernie Austin Grady S. Austin David Daniles Joseph Dnenke Cashar Evans Richard E. Fessler Douglas Foran Lloyd Godley Peter McFarlane Lynn McGowan Elmer Midgett Kenneth Payne Carlton Perry Clarence Skinner Virginia Tillett Robert W. Trost John A. Watkins Gwen White Thomas l. White, Jr. Articles of Incorporation Non-Profit: Public Funds Mission:

  • Promote Crime Line to every town, municipality & citizen of Dare County
  • Make funds available for rewards for information leading to apprehension and conviction of criminals
  • To work with similar organizations
  • To raise (and borrow) funds, & acquire property needed to conduct business


  • Crime Line is an anonymous tip line
  • Crime Line does not ask your name
  • Crime Line does not trace your call
  • Crime Line does not use caller ID

Awards Summary March 1983 – March 2009 Total Calls Processed…..649 Total Rewards Paid…….$21,750 Property Recovered……$80,834 Illegal Cash Seized…….$55,003 Drugs Seized……………$571,450 Total………………………$704,880 For every dollar awarded by Dare Community Crime Line, $32.52 in STOLEN PROPERTY, ILLEGAL DRUGS & CASH has been recovered. Calls to date have resulted in an average of $ 80,834 in recovered stolen property, drugs & cash. 220 arrests have been made. Dare Community Crime Line Scholarship Fund managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation The Dare Community Crime Line established its scholarship fund in 1997 to encourage Dare County residents to complete two-year or four-year degree programs in law, criminal justice or a related field. Scholarships are available to college students after they have completed at least one year of college. Some scholarships are also provided to help law enforcement personnel attend training courses.


Elisabeth SilverthorneTom Heggie
ChairmanVice ChairmanSecretaryTreasurer


Sheriff Doug Doughtie
Dare County
Chief Gary Britt
Chief Dana Harris

Town of Kill Devil Hills
Police Coordinator:
Lt. J.C. Towler, Kill Devil Hills PD

Dana Harris, Kill Devil Hills PD
Ron Baxter
David Hope
Debbie Knieper
John Sheetz
Sharon Sullivan
Ken Johnson (Emeritus)
John Collins (Director Emeritus)
Chuck Parker (Director Emeritus)
Ann Broadhead
Kelli Harmon
Autumn Kozer
Pennylayne Sullivan

Chief John Cueto
Town of Duck
Chief Kevin Brinkley
Town of Nags Head
Chief David Kole
Town of Southern Shores
Chief Vance Haskett
Town of Manteo
Chief Joel C Johnson
Town of Kitty Hawk
Chief Ranger Tim Havens
National Park Service
Captain Billy Long
Outer Banks Hosptial