DPS Dispatch

In September of last year, the United States Golf Association (USGA) requested that NCDPS coordinate the public safety measures for the 124th U.S. Open in Pinehurst, June 13 to 16. Alcohol Law Enforcement spearheaded the effort, and ALE Director Bryan House served as the incident commander.

A letter from Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr. on the 95th anniversary of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Hot summer days bring afternoon thunderstorms in North Carolina, and where there’s thunder, there’s lightning. We can all do our part to prevent future fatalities by raising our own awareness of lightning safety best practices.

This Father’s Day, Master Trooper Jason Ratliff and Master Trooper (Ret.) John King Sr. have something extra special to celebrate. On April 19, they each had a son graduate in the 162nd Basic Patrol School—like father, like son. 

Bright sunshine glistens off a cool lake, with green grass underfoot and pine trees swaying overhead. The sounds of children laughing carries on the air. After dining hall meals, activities await – swimming, canoeing, climbing and so much more.

NC rural counties find funding solutions to for needed resources that will build a more prepared and resilient community.

In recognition of Second Chance Month, youth development centers across North Carolina highlighted the theme of reentry this month, hosting a series of real-world simulations designed to teach youth in their care the realities of adult life – from selecting a career to maintaining a balanced budg

Governor's Crime Commission Executive Director Caroline Farmer calls attention to the decline in Victim of Crime Act funding and suggests ways North Carolinians can help ensure our communities continue to support family members, neighbors, coworkers, friends and acquaintances who have been victims of crime.

In honor of Volunteer Week, we are highlighting SHP’s extraordinary contribution to this worthy organization. In 2023, the patrol raised a record $70,934.68 for Special Olympics. According to F/Sgt. Hipp, who has been the State Coordinator for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics since 2018, SHP had raised about $8,000 in previous years. How did the patrol increase their fundraising total by almost a factor of nine last year?

Some of the key resources that the 24-Hour Watch coordinates are the tactical dispatcher program, which provides dispatchers to large events that backfill local 911 centers, and skilled communications professionals that can set up complex radio systems and troubleshoot and repair issues. The 24-Hour Watch is ready to meet the need statewide, whatever it may be. Outside of communications, the 24-Hour Watch receives requests and dispatches specialized state resources such as the Hazardous Materials Regional Response Teams (NCRRT), the Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART), the Urban Search and Rescue Teams and Swift Water Rescue Teams, among others. The 24-Hour Watch is also an approved entity to push Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages to the public. 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and NC Alcohol Law Enforcement would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness of an important issue they encounter in our state: underage youth purchasing, possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages.

On March 14, at the Bob Barker Retreat along the Cape Fear River, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement graduated its first female K-9 handlers, Special Agents Megan Scherbekow and Blythe Watson. These groundbreaking women have each put in 350 hours of training with their K-9s and have both dreamed of being K-9 handlers since they were children.

The first week of March is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, to encourage you and your family to have a safety plan in case severe weather strikes and to practice what you will do, to have an emergency kit, and to have a way of getting weather alerts.

A new Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention initiative will place tablet computers in the hands of justice-involved youth at all of the state’s youth development and juvenile detention centers, opening a world of new possibilities in the realms of education, behavioral health an