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March Sheriff's Office Community Newsletter

Post Date:03/13/2019 3:00 PM


PAC 1 - 9:30 a.m. March 16thHolton Career/Recreation Center401 N Driver Street
PAC 2 - 6:00 p.m. March 11th DPS Staff Development Center2107 Hillandale Rd.
PAC 3 - 10:00 a.m. March 9th Lyon Park Community Center 1309 Hailey St.
PAC 4 - 10:00 a.m. March 9th Campus Hill RecreationCenter2000 South Alston Ave.
PAC 5 - 6:00 p.m. March 14th City Hall



We just completed our 4th Community Academy!
During the 6 week program, members of the community learned about Sheriff's Operations and got a behind the scenes look at what it's like to work in law enforcement. Participantslearned about each part of the department from detention to animal services, training, and special teams. If you'd like to participate in an upcoming community academy contact Capt. Raheem during business hours by calling 919-560-0897



Deputies from the Durham County Sheriff's Office will be on the lookout for impaireddrivers during the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.
Enjoy the celebration but don't push your luck!
Designate a driver, call a cab or rideshare or take public transportation.
Don't drink and drive.



Since ending the practice of honoring ICE detainers in December, Sheriff Birkhead has received a large amountof feedback from the community. Pictured here is a recent group of Valentine's and thank you notes sent from one community group regarding the policy. You can send mail to Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead atP.O. Box 170Durham, NC 27702 or via email.



The Durham County Sheriff's Office is actively recruiting new members for both the law enforcement and detention divisions. The Sheriff's Officeacceptsapplications for Deputy Sheriff from individuals that are notBasic Law EnforcementTraining(BLET) certified.Weare one of only a handful of Sheriff's Offices in the State that is accredited to hold it's own BLETacademies. This certificationallows us to recruit and train cadets to meet the specific needs of Durham County. The Sheriff's Office also offers a dual certification process allowing candidatesthe opportunity to first be certified as a detention officer before becoming a deputy through our Basic Detention Officer Training(BDOT) academy. You can find out more about BDOT training and the dual certification process on our websiteby reviewing the Detention Officer Information.If you have any questions please contact the Training Division at (919) 560-0930.



Are you interested in purchasing personalor real property at auction? The Durham County Sheriff's is mandated by law to hold public auctions with the primary goal of satisfying civiljudgments.All upcoming auctions are listed on the Durham County Sheriff's Office's website, posted on the first floor of the Durham County courthouse and on the Sheriff's OfficeFacebook page. Vehicle auctions are held at the Sheriff's Office training facilityon Electra Rd. Real property auctionstake place in the courthouse.It is up to potential bidders to research any mortgages, liens, or encumbrances attached to any real or personal property they intend to bid on.




The 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.




In October of 2018, the Durham County Detention Center received approval from The North Carolina Community College System to become a certified testing site for the High School Equivalency Test or HiSET. Durham Technical Community College facilitated the detention center in achieving the certification which allows inmates to receive their equivalency diplomas while still detained. On January 30th, the Detention Center held the first graduation ceremony for the program.

Through the Sheriff’s Office partnership with the Durham Literacy Center, inmates who enroll in classes to prepare for the HiSET now earn their diploma while detained or incarcerated. This opens up opportunities for them to contribute positively to the community upon release. Giving graduatesthe credentials, they need to enroll in college programs andapply for jobs through our partnership with the Local Re-Entry Council.

Literacy Center staff teach the high school equivalency classes twice a week with new sessions beginning every two months. Before the detention center became a certified site, those completing the class received a referral to register to take their final testing at Durham Technical Community College after their release. This delay between class participation and testing resulted in the loss of memory of material learned or inability to register for testing.Now that the detention center offers the equivalency test, there will no longer be a time gap allowing more people to graduate.

In addition to the HiSET prep classes, the Durham Literacy Center also offers a Job/Life Skills program.All the classes are voluntary and are open to anyone. Earning a diploma and learning life skills like goal setting, resume development and knowledge of resources for justice-involved people, gives those completing one or both programs the tools they need to succeed upon release.

In the fourth year of the partnership with the Durham Literacy Center, student enrollment in both programscontinued to climb. At any given time, 36 students can enroll for HiSET prep classes. The maximum enrollment in Lifeskills is 32. Despite the volatility and constant movement of the detainee population, enrollment caps were met or exceeded in three out of the 12 months in 2018.It is believed that enrollment numbers continued to grow throughout the year because:

  • of the longevity of the program
  • increased awareness among DCDF staff and detainees about offerings in the detention center
  • expansion of the program to students of all ages
  • increased student motivation because of the potential to take HiSET tests in the facility
  • an enrollment process that allows as many students as possible to benefit from the services offered.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 310 students have utilized the classes with 65 currently registered in one or both programs, an increase of 66 percent over 4 years. Enrollees in the equivalency classes continue to postbetter scores on pre and post-program standardized tests every year.

Beginning in November 2018, testing was offered on a monthly basis for detainees enrolled in High School Equivalency programs at DCDF. You can see their success in the statistics below.

  • 12 students passed 36 HiSET subtests
  • The passing rate was 80%, 20% higher than the national average passing rate of 60%
    6 students passed all the tests they took
  • 6 students scored “college ready” in at least one subject, 11 additional students were only 1 or 2 points away from scoring in the “college ready” range
  • The Durham County Sheriff's Office and the Durham Literacy Center look forward to another year of educational growth.




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If you have information on a crime, you can contact the Durham County Sheriff's Office by calling919-560-7151 or by email at




In Februarythe Durham County Sheriff's Office Anti-Crime and Narcotics unit arrested multiple people in drug-relatedcrimes around Durham County. Pictured are drugs, weapons and other items seized in some of these cases.
If you have information about crime in your area please contact the Sheriff's Office by calling us at 919-560-7151 or by emailing us at You can also contact Durham Crimestoppers. All tips to Crimestoppers are anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward. Review this month's Crimestoppers most wanted below.


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