Police Department Overview

The City of Kinston is a wonderful community that is full of hardworking and caring citizens. I am happy to be a member of this community and to serve the law enforcement needs of the residents and businesses. I have proudly served our community for over twenty-one years as a Kinston Police Officer.

As your Chief of Police, you have my unwavering commitment to leading a team which offers the best possible police services to citizens and visitors in Kinston. Your safety is our primary focus, and we will continue to strive to be responsive to community needs through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

Our policing philosophy focuses heavily upon solving problems in a coordinated effort with our residents. The Police Department serves as the primary enforcement branch to promote safety in the community. This is in coordination with every resident also playing a role in our success. Our goal is to remain a highly respected, professional Police Department that serves as a model agency for Eastern North Carolina.

As I lead your police department forward, you can count on me to continue the philosophy of community problem solving as well as being accessible. We will continue to follow the Kinston Police Department’s mission. 

This is to serve our community, safeguard lives and property and to preserve order. We will continuously endeavor to accomplish our goals. We will do so by retaining the vision of our dearest virtue of respecting the constitutional rights of everyone to liberty, equality and justice.

One of my primary goals is to recruit and retain individuals who are enthusiastic about working in the police profession and realize their work has a direct impact on our community. I want our team to be in a position to achieve greatness and to give everyone in our community an opportunity to enhance their lives. Our entire team is dedicated to providing professional and exceptional police services.

On the behalf of the brave men and women of the Kinston Police Department, we are very proud to serve you.

Keith Goyette

Chief of Police

Kinston Police Department


Kinston Police Department Strategic Plan 2022-2027



The Kinston Police Department pledges to serve our community, to safeguard lives and property, and to preserve order all while respecting the constitutional rights of everyone to liberty, equality and justice.

Core Values

  • Compassion
  • Professionalism
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty 


We are proud providers of professional police services to the citizens of the City of Kinston. Our Police Department provides:

  • Proactive Uniformed Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Laboratory
  • Animal Control
  • Support Services
  • Police Community Action Team
  • School Resource Officers
  • SWAT Capabilities

Programs Provided

  • Community Partnership Programs
  • Community Watch Program Assistance
  • Home Safety Inspections
  • Informational Channel "2" Community Access Channel
  • Residential, Commercial and Houses of Worship Safety Workshops
  • Sentinel Program
  • Kinston Police Explorer Post

Special Event Policy

Special Event 2

Special Event Permit

Special Event 2

Compliment/Complaint Form


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