The Patrol Division operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patrol deputies are responsible for investigating crime, writing reports, completing crash reports, performing property checks, enforcing traffic laws, and much more. While the Durham County Sheriff’s Office has law enforcement jurisdiction throughout the entire county, the Agency focuses its efforts on the 200-square miles of unincorporated areas of the county.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
Community presence and response times have been essential in impacting the number of reported crimes. The Patrol Division, comprised of four 10-deputy squads, responds to thousands of calls for service within their 200-mile coverage area with an average response time to all calls of 12 minutes and 45 seconds. The average response time to Priority 1 calls (incidents in progress, traffic crashes with injury, and panic alarms) is eight minutes and 32 seconds. This Division performed property checks and conducts directed patrols. Deputies also provided 24-hour security coverage at the public entrance of the Durham County Detention Facility.
In 2015, the Patrol Division was equipped with mobile Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and received additional training to save lives during an emergency.
The Patrol Division uses ATACRAIDS, a crime analysis software along with a monthly Crime Reduction Initiative report which offers feedback on how each unit addresses property crimes and motor vehicle accident prevention.