Operation Helping Hands

Date: April 9, 2020

Most people think of police departments as something that enforces the law and protects
the people living in their communities. While that is very true, they are also part of that
community. They are your neighbor, that person you may chat within the grocery store or
sit with while watching your kids play together at a baseball game.

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The Manteo Police Department established a program called Operation Helping Hands over
20 years ago focusing mostly on assisting seniors and looking out for their welfare. Participating seniors are given a Vial of Life, a bright yellow waterproof container filled with important medical and emergency contact information. This Vial of Life is placed in a visible location for emergency personnel to find in the event they are called for assistance.  “When first joining the Manteo Police Department as a Patrol Officer, I was assigned five
Helping Hands to visit. I enjoyed spending time with them, developing friendships with some becoming more like extended families. Upon becoming Chief of Police, I continued the program seeing the value of being one of the best Community Policing tools we have,” stated Police Chief Vance Haskett

During this challenging time, the Manteo Police Department has taken this program to a
new level continuing to put a high value on great customer service and quality of life for all
those living in our community. Operation Helping Hands was expanded to help not only
seniors but also those with special needs. Manteo Police Officers will visit those
participating in the program once a week while still adhering to the local, state and federal
guidelines for COVID-19.


Operation Helping Hands is a community service available to those living in the town limits
of Manteo. For more information on the Operation Helping Hands program and how to
join, please contact the Manteo Police Department at 252.473.2069. Please identify your
physical street address so that staff may be better able to assist you.