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June Community Newsletter

Post Date:05/31/2019 4:28 PM



PAC 1 - 9:30 a.m. June 15, Holton Career/Recreation Center: 401 North Driver Street
PAC 2 - 6:00 p.m. June 10, DPS Staff Development Center: 2107 Hillandale Road
PAC 3 - 10:00 a.m. June 8, Lyon Park Community Center: 1309 Hailey Street
PAC 4 - 10:00 a.m. June 8, Campus Hill RecreationCenter: 2000 South Alston Avenue
PAC 5 - 6:00 p.m. June 13, City Hall, Downtown Durham




Over the Memorial Day weekend members of the Sheriff's Office SAR joined NC Wildlife and the Wake County Sheriff's Office on Falls Lake as part of Operation Dry Water. We conducted safety checks and were on the lookout for suspected impaired boaters, This effort will continue throughout the entire summer. Enjoy your time on the water; but remember, you are heading nowhere fast while impaired.


The Durham County Sheriff's Office is mandated by law to hold public auctions with the primary goal of satisfying civiljudgments. Our next vehicle auction will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am. Please visit our websiteor Facebook page for information on items and future auctions.


The Durham County Sheriff's Office motorcyclists to participate in a Rider Skills Day as part of the NC BikeSafe Program. The instructional event offers an assessment of present driving skills and advice to help make their experience as a motorcyclist safer and more enjoyable.In addition to professional riding techniques, covered topics include motorcycle control, collision causation factors, and security. To register, please visit the Sheriff's Office page on the Bike Safe website.Our next instructional day will be June 21.




Durham County selected to participate in national initiative expanding opioid treatment in detention facilities.

Durham, N.C. (Thursday, May 9, 2019) --- Durham County has been selected to participate in a national program to expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in detention facilities across America.

“We look forward participating in this program where we will learn national best practices to expand the treatment for opioid use disorder,” said Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead.

Because tens of thousands of people with opioid use disorder pass through the U.S. corrections system each year, Durham County will join 14 other jurisdictions to participate in the “Planning Initiative to Build Bridges Between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.” Durham County will receive expert guidance on how to overcome barriers to providing opioid treatment and scholarships for five staff members to attend future training in Washington, D.C. Federal experts will work with Durham County Detention Center officials to create treatment guidelines, manage administration of the medications, and educate jail staff about addiction.

The program is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Arnold Ventures, a national philanthropy headquartered in Houston, Texas.

“Sheriffs, Correctional Officers, and jail administrators are key beneficiaries when treatment is provided in jails and continued in the community. Not only does this lessen the burden of drug-related crime, but it stops the revolving door of individuals with opioid use disorder that enter our jails every year and present a potential danger to law enforcement and themselves," Jon Adler, Bureau of Justice Assistance Director, said.

To learn more about the Planning Initiative to Build Bridges Between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, visit theArnold Ventureswebsite. Durham County selected to participate in national initiative expanding opioid treatment in detention facilities



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Summer is here!
Time for warm breezes through open windows and driving with the top down.
But remember: thieves never take a vacation.
We offer this advice to protect your vehicle and home from break-ins.

* Lock it up - Lock all the doors and windows on your home and your vehicle. Many thefts are crimes of opportunity. Don't make it easy for them.
* Don't leave items in sight - If a thief sees your purse, computer, cash or a weapon in your vehicle they are more likely to break-in. Take items with you or hide so they can't be seen.
* Stay Alert - If you see something, say something. Is someone approaching homes or vehicles in your neighborhood? Are they walking up to cars in a parking lot peeking into windows? Let someone know by calling law enforcement or security immediately.
* Know your neighbors - National Night out is coming up! This is a great opportunity to meet that nice family on the next block. Don't have an event in your neighborhood? Plan one! You can register and sign up here.
* Prep your home before going on vacation - Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, put lights on a timer and make landscaping arrangement. You can also arrange for a Home Checkand a deputy in your district will make irregular checks of your home.

Taking just a few moments to look around and lock up can help you protect your family and your property.


On Saturday, May 18, the Durham County Sheriff's Office conducted a DWI checkpoint on Highway 98. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, Durham Police and Highway Patrol assisted with the effort.

The following citations were issued:

DWI – 5
Failure to wear a seatbelt – 3
Driving while license revoked – 9
No operators license – 19
Open container – 1
Other traffic violations – 6
Misdemeanor drug offense - 2
Felony drug offense – 5
Other misdemeanor – 1
Concealed firearm violation– 1
Other firearm violation – 4




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