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When there is a major incident that captures the headlines, people will talk about it, form committees and dust off response plans in the days and weeks following, all with the best intentions. Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks and a small group that met this week in Greensboro want to ensure the dust never settles on the topic of school safety. "For me and our department, I want to be in a constant state of evaluation and asking the question--- Are we doing enough, what can we do better and how as a state agency can we better assist our local partners," Secretary Hooks told the group.

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Leaders of the state’s 55 prisons repeatedly heard two consistent messages from senior management and presenters during their meetings in Raleigh on March 12-13: You are the messenger in your facilities, and it is essential to communicate and listen to your staff. “You run the facilities. You have the knowledge. That’s why you are there,” Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter told the group.

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The Juvenile Justice Section recognized five of its general instructors earlier this month during an awards ceremony held during the Section’s annual General Instructors meeting. Kimberly Quintus, Director of the Juvenile Jurisdiction Reinvestment Act, led the awards ceremony, and Deputy Secretary William Lassiter presented awards to the following individuals during the March 2 event: 2017 Juvenile Justice Instructor of the Year: LaTonya MiddletonCourt Counselor, District 11 (Harnett, Lee, Johnston counties)

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Twenty-four men and women proudly took the oath of office as they became graduates of the first basic probation/parole officer training in 2018. Family members, friends and trainers watched as Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier delivered the oath at a special ceremony held at the Office of Staff Development and Training Complex in Apex. Community Corrections Director Tracy Lee was keynote speaker for the ceremony. He shared wisdom from his early career as a Probation/Parole Officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Make sure your honor, your integrity and your reputation remain intact,” said Lee.

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On Feb. 7-9, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary Reuben Young and Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter resumed their visits to the state’s prisons by heading west. The road swing took them to Lincoln Correctional Center, Alexander Correctional Institution, Caldwell CC, Avery/Mitchell CI, Mountain View CI, Marion CI, Foothills CI and Burke CRV. As they did in their early January visit to prisons in northeastern North Carolina, Young and Lassiter met with the facilities’ senior management to learn about the facilities, hear updates about the various programs, concerns and what is working.

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Leadership from the State Highway Patrol, N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and local communities gathered in Clayton on Friday for the launch of the “Survive the Drive” campaign to highlight the dangers of speeding and distracted driving on rural roads. Although many collisions occur on interstates and highways, statistics show that most occur on secondary roads. In 2017, the State Highway Patrol responded to 48,789 collisions on secondary roads. Among those collisions, more than 14,000 involved personal injury and 383 resulted in one or more fatalities.

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We want you. That well-publicized slogan on the Uncle Sam posters during World War II still applies. But this time it is the NC Department of Public Safety doing the recruiting and the agency is reaching out to military families. NCDPS and the NC National Guard are hosting a one-day career event designed to match eager applicants with departmental jobs in law enforcement, corrections, emergency management, National Guard, the State Bureau of Investigation and more. NCDPS Career Event Thursday, March 1 9am – 2pm Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Dr. Raleigh

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