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Erik A. Hooks, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety, serves as the sole representative on the governor's cabinet for the state's law enforcement, corrections and emergency management responsibilities. The DPS secretary oversees the state's homeland security coordination.

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#2Largest Patrolled State Highway System State Troopers patrol 78,000 miles of state-maintained roads (the second largest system in the country) to keep roadways safe.
16%Reduction in Juvenile Complaints North Carolina decreased juvenile complaints 16 percent between 2010 and 2014.
7%Decrease in Overall Crime North Carolina’s overall crime rate decreased by 7 percent in 2013 from the previous year, continuing a six-year downward trend.