Blog: DPS Dispatch

April is Second Chance Month in North Carolina, a time to consider the challenges facing the more than 20,000 people returning to their communities after leaving prison. At least 1 in 4 North Carolinians have criminal records that often trigger collateral consequences, limiting their housing and employment opportunities. In fact, about 95 percent of people in prison will eventually return to their communities.

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Lieutenant Colonel Donna Carter is the first female to achieve her current rank in the NC State Highway Patrol (NCSHP). She joined the Patrol in 1997 as a recruit in the 98th Basic Patrol School, where she graduated alongside two other women cadets.  After graduating from college, Lt. Col. Carter started her professional career as a physical education teacher.  She noticed the professionalism of troopers at events such as the NC State Fair and was drawn to this challenging career path to see if she could persevere the difficult basic training.

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En esta época del año, muchos norcarolinianos preparan sus plantíos y jardines para las lluvias de primavera que ayudarán a que crezcan sus flores y verduras. Aunque la primavera en Carolina del Norte es hermosa, también es la temporada más activa de condiciones severas del tiempo como tormentas eléctricas y tornados. Además de trabajar en sus jardines, también se alienta a los norcarolinianos a ser proactivos y prepararse para afrontar condiciones severas del tiempo. 

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Tangi Jordan doesn’t know why she stopped her car in the rain and cold Feb. 18 morning on her way to work at the Lenoir Youth Development Center in Kinston. She just saw someone who needed help. The facility director noticed several cars pulled off on the side of the road near State Highway 11 as she drove from her home in Winterville toward Greenville and Kinston. Jordan initially thought an accident had occurred but then she saw a large elderly man lying on the ground and a group of women near him. 

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For Black History Month, the Department of Public Safety is spotlighting employees who have gone above and beyond – either through their job or in their free time – to support COVID-19 safety and healing in their communities. Find more inspiring stories here. Director of Business Systems and Reporting Julendia Gaillard joined NCORR about 18 months ago as the next step in a career that includes more than 40 years of IT development, management and teaching.

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For Black History Month, the Department of Public Safety is spotlighting employees who have gone above and beyond – either through their job or in their free time – to support COVID-19 safety and healing in their communities. Find more inspiring stories here.

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COVID-19 ha traído muchos cambios a nuestros estilos de vida, incluidos nuestros ambientes de trabajo. Muchos lugares de trabajo han visto un aumento en el número de empleados que trabajan de forma remota y utilizan herramientas de reuniones virtuales. Como era de esperar, los usuarios de la plataforma de reuniones en línea Zoom aumentaron de 10 millones en diciembre de 2019 a 300 millones en abril de 2020 a medida que comenzaban las restricciones pandémicas en los Estados Unidos.

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For Black History Month, the Department of Public Safety is spotlighting employees who have gone above and beyond – either through their job or in their free time – to support COVID-19 safety and healing in their communities. Find more inspiring stories here.

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Before it happens to you, nobody wants to think about the scary prospect of a missing child, parent or loved one. We’re hesitant to think about it, but one of the first steps in successfully coping with such a dire situation is to prepare mentally for such a possibility by knowing what law enforcement and other resources are available to identify and recover missing persons. 

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Al comenzar un nuevo año, el Departamento de Seguridad Pública ofrece algunos consejos rápidos y fáciles de practicar que lo ayudarán a mantenerse encaminado hacia un 2021 seguro. Ya sea en línea, en casa o fuera de ella, manténgase informado y seguro. Sea Cibernético Inteligente y Seguro

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The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the “International Year of the Nurse” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. If there is a group of nurses that represent the courage and care needed to deal with the pandemic this year, it definitely includes the nurses who work for the state’s Juvenile Justice section.  

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After years of planning, North Carolina implemented the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (S.L. 2017-57) on Dec. 1, 2019. More commonly known as “Raise the Age,” the law redirects 16 and 17-year-olds who committed misdemeanors and low-level felonies from automatically being charged in the adult criminal justice system. North Carolina was one of the last states to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction for most offenses to 18. By including 16 and 17-yearolds under juvenile jurisdiction, the state endorsed a practice that is not only effective in reducing crime but also is cost-effective. 

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