Durham County Sheriff’s Office was the first and only law enforcement agency to distribute Narcan to officers on the street and inside the Detention Facility.
Partnering with Duke Psychiatry to decriminalize mental health transports.
Partnering with Duke Eviction Diversion and Legal Aid to cut down on evictions.
Expanded GED opportunities in the Detention Facility and moving to implement English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Mental Health PODs – committed to providing mental health care for some of the Detention Facility’s most vulnerable detainees.
JMHCP Grant – Implementation of additional mental health assessment tools during the intake process at the Detention Facility.
Video Visitation at the Detention Facility – continuing in person visitation, however providing additional visitation opportunities, education and technological growth.
Community Academy – The community academy is designed to increase the understanding and knowledge of the sheriff’s office. Citizens will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement including the day-to-day operations. During the academy we encourage feedback from the participants to better serve the community as a whole.
Electronic Rabies Applications – The information is available to officers working in the field. Streamlined function to increase customer service.
Migration to Web RMS – allow more tasks to be completed in the field decreasing the report downtime and entering of evidence.
East Station – Upgraded network infrastructure to remote facility. Fully staffed location to provide immediate response to the public.
Intrado 911 – Increased interoperability of emergency communications.
Healthy Animal Initiative – Fence builds, free microchips & rabies vaccinations, flea and tick preventatives, free dog & cat food, harness, crates and house throughout the entire county of Durham. (ASPCA Grant)
Microchip scanners – return animals to owners instead of taking animals to shelter. This cuts down owners having pay for redemptions fees.
Rabies Day for Durham County (Annual) – Free rabies vaccinations, health assessments and microchips through NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) – Approximately 2,850 4th and 6th grade students receive the GREAT curriculum every year in 13 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 1 secondary school. Durham County Strategic Plan
Washington DC G.R.E.A.T. Trip – Every year on Mother’s Day weekend the Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Durham Citizens Safety Committee and Durham Police Department escorts approximately 100 sixth graders from Durham Public Schools to Washington, DC. These children are given VIP escorts through the city to visit museums and monuments all while learning about the history of our country.
Durham Public Schools Request – Five additional SRO’s and the Sheriffs Office is willing to provide security for the schools.
School Resource Officers – focus to divert juveniles from the criminal justice system when possible (In 2017 SRO’s responded to 3,567 calls for service. Of these, 695 criminal acts were committed with 24 arrests & 36 citations issued. Less than 9% of offenders were charged).
Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E.)
IDEA local driver’s education class
National Night Out – annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) – special operations are conducted with state and local law-enforcement to enforce all chapter 20 violations from seatbelts to driving while impaired.
Durham City PAC – opportunities to meet with local community leaders to address crime rates, identify trends and support their needs.
S.C.O.P.E. has focused on directive patrols in high traffic areas. Since 2013 there has been a 14% decrease in the yearly average of traffic accidents.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
The primary purpose of the Commission is to improve law enforcement service by creating a national body of standards developed by law enforcement professionals.
Durham County Sheriff’s Office received seven consecutive accreditations from CALEA; 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016