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County Bans Pepper Spray from Human Services Building

Post Date:01/24/2020 12:16 PM

Durham, NC – Durham County Government has decided to take additional action to ensure the safety of visitors and employees of the County’s Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main Street. Effective February 1, 2020, pepper spray will no longer be allowed in the building housing the Durham County Department of Public Health, Durham County Social Services and Durham County Veteran Services.


The County’s security team, Night Hawk Security and Consulting, LLC, will screen for pepper spray at the security check point upon entry. Should pepper spray be found, the carrier will be given the option to immediately remove it from the building. Security reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case-by-case basis. While considered a non-lethal weapon, pepper spray can cause major complications for individuals exposed to its concentration. Some complications include:

  • burning in the throat
  • wheezing
  • dry cough
  • shortness of breath
  • gagging
  • gasping
  • the inability to breathe or speak


“As a governmental body charged with the protection of its clients, employees, vendors, and visitors, we cannot risk this type of exposure,” said DCo Security Manager Ed Miller.


The ban of pepper spray is added to the following list of prohibited items:

  • Firearms including replica guns or ammunition
  • Any items used for cutting (including but not limited to): knives of any size, box cutters or scissors.
  • Weapons (including but not limited to): knuckles, electric stun guns, etc.
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Pets (except for service animals)


For more information, email Miller at



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