DPS Dispatch

Storm Response Series: While North Carolina braced for Hurricane Florence, numerous NC Public Safety agencies joined in the storm preparations, response and recovery. Today's blog provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Community Correction Office's efforts.  PPO’s take on added duties to help North Carolinians during tragic times

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RALEIGH – What started as a pencil sketch several months ago by Assistant Director of Prisons Facilities Management Mike Hall was unveiled as a monument dedicated to remembering fallen staff Friday morning in front of the Randall Building in Raleigh.  The brick monument, complete with a bench, sculpture, a list of 13 fallen staff and inspirational verse, stands in front of the building on 831 W. Morgan St. The words “Duty, Sacrifice, Honor” are inscribed on the front facing, while the words “Never Forget” greet visitors who want to visit the back.

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Hurricane Florence will be remembered as one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the state of North Carolina.  The monster storm battered the North Carolina coast, trailing inland, leaving a path of destruction throughout eastern coastal regions.  Thirty-seven people have died as the result of Hurricane Florence.  But before the massive storm even hit, North Carolina emergency officials were preparing for what meteorologists have called the second “500-year storm” to hit the state since Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  

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Millicent “Millie” Gordon has gone up yonder – gone home to be with the Lord. At a point many years ago when she sought to find purpose for her life, she was shown a pathway. Faith leading her every step, she found a true calling by sharing her musical gifts and caring about young men in the North Carolina correction system. It’s hard to put a number on just how many lives Mille Gordon affected, and equally as difficult to count the number of grandsons she claims throughout communities far and near.

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NC DPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks and State Crime Lab director John Byrd are leading a team of professionals charged with implementing a statewide system to track sexual assault evidence collection kits. The working group, chaired by Secretary Hooks with Byrd serving as vice chairman, is made up of representatives from North Carolina Victim Assistance Network and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, RTI International, the North Carolina Department of Justice, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. A key supporter of the group’s work is State Attorney General Josh Stein.

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Encountering an active assailant is not a situation anyone wants to be in, but it is something we need to be prepared for. That’s exactly what NC first responders across several North Carolina counties have been doing this summer. The goal of these drills is to test emergency responders’ abilities to react and recover during an active shooter scenario and practice lifesaving measures.

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Last month, 25 male students from Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center spent a day at Frank Liske Park in Concord training with Carolina Panthers players and staff, including Mario Addison (All-Pro starting defensive end) and Kawann Short (starting defensive tackle). The excitement was evident as the players exited the bus to meet the young men. Watch video here.

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Tougher consequences now await offenders in North Carolina’s prison system who assault staff members, as the Division of Prisons takes another step to provide the safest working and living environment for staff and offenders.  With security and safety in the state’s 55 prisons a top priority, effective immediately, Prisons has elevated the severity of consequences associated with staff assaults.

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On August 7, when law enforcement officers across the state joined their local communities for National Night Out events, NCDPS officers were there, as well. This annual community-building initiative connects law enforcement across all 50 states with the neighborhoods they serve in to help promote healthy relationships between the police community and the public.

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