Formed in 1889, the Wilkesboro Police Department is a law enforcement agency that works to preserve peace, protect lives and property, and maintain law and order. It handles cases related to homicide, rape, assaults, robbery, burglary, auto theft, child abuse and fraud. The department maintains criminal investigation and crash reconstruction units. Additionally, the Wilkesboro Police Department operates a special response team that responds to various critical incidents, including bomb threats, suicide attempts, protection of dignitaries, arrest warrants and active shooters. It also assists in cases of property damage and larceny. The department s patrol division provides drug and traffic law enforcement services. The Wilkesboro Police Department also supports child identification and Safe Kids programs. Located in Wilkesboro, N.C., it employs more than 20 sworn officers.