About Community PolicingThe Durham County Sheriff’s Office is committed to partnering with citizens and businesses in Durham County to help reduce and combat crime. The S.C.O.P.E. unit performs numerous functions including funeral escorts, event security and traffic control, traffic enforcement, impaired driving education, community watch, and much more to help build and maintain relationships with Durham County residents.
Funeral EscortsAs a service to the citizens of Durham County, the Sheriff’s Office provides free funeral escorts upon request. If you wish to have an escort provided for a funeral or memorial service, please contact the funeral director and ask them to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Motorcycles are typically used for traffic control during the escorts, but patrol cars may be driven in the event of inclement weather.
IDEA ProgramThe Impaired Driving Education and Awareness program is another free community program the Sheriff’s Office provides to county citizens. The IDEA program is designed to educate new and experienced drivers alike in the hazards of impaired driving. Participants in the program negotiate a golf cart through a course while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol or drug impairment. If you’re interested in receiving a demonstration or wish to learn more about the IDEA program, contact Deputy B. Smythers at 919-560-7702.
Community WatchDoes your neighborhood currently have a community watch program? If not, the Sheriff’s Office can help you start one. Community watch programs are an effective method to help reduce crime in your neighborhood. Typically, at least 10 homes are required to take part in order to maintain an effective community watch program. If you’re interested in coordinating a new community watch or joining an existing program in your neighborhood, contact Lt. E Carpenter at 919-560-7334 or by email: SheriffsWatch@DurhamSheriff.org.
Traffic EnforcementThe Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure the roads of Durham County are safe for everyone. One of the ways we achieve this is through proactive traffic law enforcement. Deputies utilize RADAR, LIDAR, checkpoints, and other tools and methods to help combat excessive speeding, drunk driving, and more. If you’ve noticed a traffic safety problem in your neighborhood and would like the Sheriff’s Office to help, you may contact Sgt. Norwood at 919-560-7474. The Sheriff’s Office also utilizes a portable RADAR trailer that may be temporarily deployed in areas with excessive speeding problems. The trailer displays the speed of the oncoming vehicle and helps remind drivers to drive the speed limit. To coordinate for the use of the RADAR trailer, contact Sgt. Norwood.
In The CommunityThe Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing not only superior law enforcement services to Durham County, but also to giving back. Sheriff’s deputies and detention officers volunteer countless hours each year to numerous community events and non-profit organizations such as the Durham Rescue Mission, the N.C. Special Olympics, the Wounded Warrior program, and more. We’re always looking for new events and organizations to support—please call 919-560-7334 to inquire about partnering with the Sheriff’s Office.
- Crime Prevention and Safety Tips [PDF]
- Governor’s Highway Safety Program - Plans, promotes, and executes highway safety programs throughout N.C.
- N.C. Department of Justice - Public safety information from the N.C. Attorney General
- National Crime Prevention Council