DPS Dispatch

There are more than 38,000 people employed by the Department of Public Safety, and they all support the department with their variety of different backgrounds and skillsets. There are engineers, correctional officers, counselors, troopers, IT professionals, maintenance staff and many, many more personnel who dedicate their careers to public service in North Carolina. What is it about DPS that brings so many people together from across the state to prevent, protect and prepare North Carolinians for man-made or natural disasters?  Making a difference

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We stretch, hydrate and know our limits to stay safe and prevent injuries while exercising. These aren’t the only ways to remain safe and healthy, though. DPS officials offer the following safety tips when going outside to exercise.  Let someone know where you are going Tell at least one person when and where you will be going. If something happens, they will know where to send help. Bring your cell phone with you. This allows you to call for help in case of an emergency. You can also utilize mobile tracking apps that share your exact location with family and friends.  Bring identification

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Your home is your greatest monetary asset and you should take steps to ensure its safety. Good safety measures are habit forming, and law enforcement experts from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety came up with some easy to follow tips for securing your home to help keep it safe. Install a security system with security cameras

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It’s not every day that a state or local law enforcement officer gets recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but that’s just what happened recently to an Alcohol Law Enforcement special agent. As the state observes Human Trafficking Awareness Month this January, the DPS family wants to congratulate ALE Special Agent and Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force Officer (TFO) Bryan Irwin on his selection as a national recipient of the 2019 HSI Outstanding Efforts in Combating Human Trafficking Award.

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The holidays are upon us and that means people will be hitting the road. AAA estimates that 49.3 million travelers will be on roadways this year, and that will be the most since 2005. With more traffic on the streets, drivers can expect delays and an increased risk of accidents. Here’s a list of highway driving tips that can help ensure you and others on the road arrive safe. Check and prepare your vehicle before leaving

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Disaster can strike at any time, in any season. Practicing emergency plans regularly and updating emergency supplies semi-annually is an important and even lifesaving habit to keep. Clocks will be moving backward by one hour at 2 o’clock on Sunday (November 3) morning, signifying that we’re inching closer to winter. Daylight Savings Time happens twice a year and are perfect times to check through your home to ensure you have the proper tools to help you through an emergency. 

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is participating in Operation Stop Arm during Oct 21-25 to enforce stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of school bus safety. Follow the tips below to help ensure every stop is a safe school bus stop for children. When to stop: Two-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop Two-lane with a center turning lane – All traffic from both directions must stop Four-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop

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Always searching for opportunities to conserve its financial and natural resources, Department of Public Safety leaders embraced Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80 as a way to do just that. The order, signed Oct. 29 2018, calls for the state to transition to a clean energy economy, establishes the N.C. Climate Change Interagency Council and strives to accomplish the following goals by 2025: Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels. Increase the number of registered zero-emission vehicles, or ZEVs, to at least 80,000.

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The Great Southeast Shakeout is a week away and you can be part of the growing crowd to participate in the world’s largest earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. Join the more than 2.1 million people in the southeast who have registered their organization, school, agency, business or family and are ready to perform a ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ drill, the recommended action for people to take during an earthquake. Among those joining in the Shakeout are more than 100 North Carolina K-12 schools and districts, which accounts for more than 347,000 of the 364,000 registered participants in the state.

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Even though it’s been more than a month since Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc over the Bahamas, there hasn’t been a single day where the storm hasn’t weighed heavily on Joseph Styles’ mind. The Correction Enterprises’ job placement coordinator was born and raised in Freeport, the main city on the northwest island of Grand Bahama. His family still lives in the island country. Over the years, he and his family dealt with their fair share of hurricanes, but Styles said his family has never seen – or lived through – a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Dorian.

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The Department of Public Safety’s participation in La Fiesta del Pueblo 2019 did not disappoint as thousands of people packed Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh on Sunday, Sept. 22 to celebrate the Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month. DPS representatives were on hand to share information and educate attendees about the many services the department provides. 

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Duplin County deputies drove the mother to the hospital with military surplus high-water rescue vehicle obtained from LESS. Through the federal 1033 program, the DPS Law Enforcement Support Services office provides excess federal property to law enforcement agencies in North Carolina to enhance their capabilities and reduce costs to taxpayers. That equipment goes out all year long but some of it is especially welcome during times of natural disasters—like during hurricane season.

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