DPS Dispatch

As Juvenile Justice week continues today, we turn our attention to Juvenile Facility Operations. Staff in this unit operates two types of secure commitment centers for youths in North Carolina: juvenile detention centers and youth development centers. Many types of staff members are crucial to ensure that children are properly care for while committed to a juvenile justice facility. Children must eat, and proper nutrition is crucial. Cumberland Juvenile Detention Center’s Cook Supervisor, Tena Sonko, has the knowledge, heart and will to make sure that children in her care are properly fed.

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Employees in DPS’ Juvenile Community Programs unit work to provide North Carolinians with a comprehensive strategy to help prevent and reduce juvenile crime and delinquency. They do this by providing oversight and guidance to Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) programs, found in each county; to short-term youth residential programs; and through non-residential contractual programs that offer services to children and families such as functional family therapy (FFT).

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We kick off our recognition of “Juvenile Justice” week with our Court Services unit. Juvenile Court Counselors provide intake and supervision for undisciplined and delinquent juveniles, through such services as assessment, case management, diversion and post-release supervision.

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Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Oct. 15-21, 2017, as “Juvenile Justice” week in North Carolina. All this week, we will be spotlighting the different units of our Juvenile Justice section through their outstanding employees, in recognition of their work with juvenile offenders, their families, crime victims and communities. 

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The first five State Capitol Police Officers in 1967. Left to right: Needham Wilder, Ray Benson, Chief Ray Sorrell, Linwood Carter and Tommy Williams. State Capitol Police Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary This month the State Capitol Police celebrated its 50th anniversary, reaching the historic milestone of half a century of service to the people of North Carolina and state officials, employees and visitors.

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If you ask Eric Wiseman to tell you about himself and his work, he will downplay his accomplishments, talking less about himself and more about the work. He will stress the importance of public service and how rewarding he finds his work as an area coordinator for NC Emergency Management to be. He won’t tell you he was recently named Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for both North Carolina and the Southeast region; not unless you bring it up. That’s not too surprising when you consider many who know him describe Wiseman as a humble man who has dedicated his life and career to helping others.

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Children who are housed temporarily in North Carolina’s juvenile detention centers find they are provided the opportunity to experience growth in many ways: from social, to educational, to emotional. A newly developed program at the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fayetteville allows them to nurture growth (of donated plants) while exploring their artistic creativity.

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Some say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Well, in this case, SAYLOR, a three-year-old yellow lab, aims to become the best friend for children in the New Hanover Juvenile Detention Center. An affectionate, expressive SAYLOR joined the center June 9 and has been making friends ever since. She is the first facility dog placed at a detention center by the paws4people foundation, a nonprofit organization that places assistance dogs with individuals and facilities with the purpose of helping people.

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A teacher is someone that not only teaches her students but inspires, transforms, prepares and encourages them to do more, be more. That’s why Janet Dalton, math teacher at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center, was inspired to enter the profession. She had a third grade teacher who made everyone in her class work together as a team and contribute accordingly. It’s what she hopes to pass along to her students, and why she was named this year’s Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year.

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This June, 16 students from Bertie County Schools graduated from high school, and embarked on  the next leg of a journey that began 18 months ago when they applied to be a part of the inaugural Public Safety Cadet program – an innovative program that aims to help more young residents of Bertie County become employed in the criminal justice field. These students actually graduated twice: they also received a certificate for Corrections Specialist I and II from Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

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