Service And Justice Through Equal Treatment

We believe in the protection of life and property and the equal treatment of all persons. In the pursuit of justice, we strive to be fair, professional, and posses the best technology and equipment available. Through the proactive enforcement of laws, thorough investigations, and community partnerships, we endeavor to offer superior service to all Wallace residents, businesses, and visitors.


We are committed to the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the vigorous enforcement of local, state and federal laws; and the defense of the Constitution of the State of North Carolina and the Constitution of the United States of America in a fair and impartial manner.

We are committed to serving our community to enhance the quality of life and to nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards or performance and ethics. Our officers are determined to serve as a deterrent to crime, develop relationships with community groups, residential and business organizations, and promote an environment receptive to tourism, visitors, and residents and to support historic preservation in our city.

Additionally, we are dedicated to our personnel by providing continuous training and educational development, as well as career enhancement opportunities.

The Wallace Police Department has and shall continue to provide service of the highest quality to its community and continue to foster and nourish relationships that bring integrity and results to the citizens of Wallace.

James Crayton

Chief of Police

24 hours a day, 7 days a week


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Ph: 910.285-2126 | Fx: 910.285.8374

In Case of Emergency – Dial 911

Administrative Hours

8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday


316 E. Murray St
Wallace, NC 28466

Chief of Police

James “Jimmy” Crayton was born and raised in Stedman, NC.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Methodist University in 2001, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Following graduation from Methodist, Crayton attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at Fayetteville Technical Community College and was later hired as a Police Officer at Smithfield Police Department.  While employed with SMPD, he spent time as a patrol officer, training officer, detective and policy writer.  He was then recruited by the newly elected District Attorney in 2007 to be the investigator for Prosecutorial District 11, serving Johnston, Harnett, and Lee Counties.

Crayton has served as a faculty member and presenter for various courses and programs offered by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.  Crayton also teaches various courses in the North Carolina Community College system as well as serving on faculty at Mt. Calvary University.

In 2015, Crayton went back to school and completed his Mater’s in Justice Administration.  Crayton is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program.  The education and experience paid off in October of 2017 when Crayton was hired as the Chief of Police for the Town of Wallace in Duplin County.  The sole purpose of changing jobs was so he could be closer to his heart and soul, his Son, Eli (12).

In 2020, Crayton graduated from the 279th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Crayton is a former youth pastor and remains an active member of Greater Heights UMC in Clayton.  He still serves in youth ministry for the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Crayton is also an avid UNC Tar Heel fan.

Community Policing

Department Objectives

The Wallace Police Department will develop and implement programs in order to achieve the following objectives:
  • Foster and improve police / community relations and elicit public support
  • Identify real and potential community problems, concerns, and risks
  • Initiate actions to solve identified problems, alleviate concerns, and reduce or remove risks
  • Form a partnership with the community through the sharing of timely and relevant data

What is Community Policing?

Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crime, and enhancing the quality of life in the community.

It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the Police, local government, and community members. The partnership between these groups enhances public safety, awareness, and quality of life.

David W. Morgan, Captain

Identity Theft

Identity Theft Information

Identity theft has been the number one consumer crime in the U.S. for the past five years and is continuing to grow at an alarming rate. The following is a list of things to do if you are a victim of identity theft. This information comes from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Minimize your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. View more tips from the FTC National Resource Center About ID Theft.

How It Happens

How can someone steal your identity? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number, or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.


Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years and their hard-earned money cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing, or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn’t commit.

Identity Theft Process

If you think your identity has been stolen, here’s what to do:

  1. Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit file. The fraud alert requests creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. As soon as the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will be automatically notified to place fraud alerts. Once the alert is placed, you may order a free copy of your credit report from all three major credit bureaus.
  2. Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Use the ID Theft Affidavit when disputing new unauthorized accounts.
  3. File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors and others that may require proof of the crime.
  4. File your complaint with the FTC. The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations. Filing a complaint also helps us learn more about identity theft and the problems victims are having so that we can better assist you.

Security Evaluation

Tips for Your Home

Crime Prevention defined is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.

While law enforcement and other social forces may reduce the desire to commit crime, crime prevention techniques lend themselves well to reducing the opportunity. Criminal opportunity is manifested in crime hazards or crime risks such as dark streets, unprotected buildings, or any other area where crime risks are heightened because of a lack of security planning. Realizing criminals generally take the path of least resistance, it is reasonable to believe that a relationship exists between the number of opportunities at a given location and the number of criminal attacks occurring at that point.

With a concerted effort between the citizens of Wallace and the Wallace Police Department, the risk or opportunity to commit criminal activity can be significantly reduced. It is paramount however that the citizens participate in this effort in order to achieve success.

The Wallace Police Department is offering residents the opportunity to have a security evaluation done of your premises that may help reduce and prevent easy opportunities for criminal acts.

Criminal Investigations

Division Responsibilities

Under the direction of a Detective Captain, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Wallace Police Department is responsible for the investigation of criminal violations that occur within the Town of Wallace. Criminal Investigators investigate crimes that involve both juvenile and adult victims and offenders.

Personnel trained in follow up criminal investigations investigate crimes such as murder, assault, burglary, fraud, as well as a host of other offenses. The division employs the use of other law enforcement agencies in order to maintain effective criminal investigations.


Weston Padgett, Captain

Jonathan Ramsey, Detective



The Uniform Patrol Officer Division is led by the Captain of Operations. They serve as the front line to the community. Answering 9-1-1 calls, traffic enforcement, accident investigations, community policing, and many other tasks, these officers work hard to keep our community safe by providing excellent customer service to the citizens of Wallace.

Many of the officer’s have other functions within the Department and in the community, as well as their daily patrol functions.

David W. Morgan, Captain

Golf Cart Ordinance





Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 160A-300.6, the town is authorized, by ordinance, to regulate the operation of golf carts on any public street, road, or highway within its municipal limits, or on any property owned or leased by the city, where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less

§ 75.071 PURPOSE

The purpose of this ordinance shall be to establish a Golf Cart Ordinance within the Town to promote the health, safety, and welfare of person(s) operating golf cart(s) within the Town and to protect the safety of their passengers and other users of roads. To this end the operation of golf carts must comply with applicable state laws and town regulations pertaining to the operation of traditional motor vehicles, and must also comply with the specific provisions included in this ordinance.


This establishment of a golf cart ordinance is necessary to address the interests of public safety. Golf carts are not designed or manufactured to be used on public streets, roads, and highways, hereinafter “road(s),” and the Town in no way advocates or endorses the operation of golf carts on roads. The Town, by regulating such operation is merely trying to address obvious safety issues, and adoption of this Ordinance is not to be relied upon as a determination that operation on roads is safe or advisable if done in accordance with this Ordinance. All persons who operate or ride upon carts on roads do so at their own risk and peril and must be observant of and attentive to the safety of themselves and others, including their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The Town has no liability under any theory of liability for permitting golf carts to be operated on roads under special legislation granted by the State Legislature. Any person who operates a cart must procure liability insurance sufficient to cover the risks involved in using a cart on the roads of the Town.

1.Crash Report Request