Practice Safety All The Way
Durham Police Department Holiday Safety Campaigns and Charitable Outreach
DURHAM, N.C. – The Durham Police Department (DPD) wants residents to practice safety all the way - at home, at work, on the road, while shopping and in every setting during the holiday season. DPD officers and non-sworn employees alike are promoting safety strategies to minimize victimization, and are even pooling personal resources to help brighten the season for Durham residents.
“As the Durham Police Department is working diligently to solve recent violent and gun crimes, it is also important for us to remind our residents and visitors to implement preventive strategies to help reduce opportunities for crime to occur in the course of their holiday activities,” said Chief C.J. Davis. “While DPD remains committed to our mission to protect and serve, safety is a shared responsibility of the entire community – every day and every season.”
DPD Safety and Crime Prevention Initiatives
Holiday Community Pop-Ups, coordinated by the Community Services Division, are underway in Durham retail centers and strategic residential areas. Officers of the Community Resource and Community Engagement Units are canvassing the locations to be visible and to provide safety strategies to shoppers, businesses and residents.
The Criminal Investigations Division is circulating safety bulletins concerning mobile-driven local marketplaces like OfferUp, Letgo, Craigslist, etc.; issuing announcements concerning financial scams; and assisting patrol units with hotspots by conducting directed patrols, foot patrols, etc.
This week the Traffic and Crash Team (TACT) will lead a multi-agency Booze It and Lose It checkpoint operation. The location was strategically selected based on crash volume and previous impaired driving arrests statistics.
DPD Public Affairs is launching public service announcements to heighten awareness of risk of theft(s) resulting from deliveries left on porches and gift packaging placed on the curb for trash collection. A third campaign focuses on internet buy/sell safety tips.
The department is encouraging use of its E-Commerce Internet Sales Exchange Zones located currently at two substations – District 1 (921 Holloway Street) and District 4 (2945 S. Miami Boulevard). Exchanges are not facilitated by an officer, but the zone is under 24–hour video recording. For the months of December and January ONLY, exchanges can be made in the lobby of police headquarters (602 E. Main Street). Exchanges of firearms and illegal items are strictly prohibited.
Employee Outreach Deeds
Several DPD units have implemented charitable campaigns to help meet human service and other needs in the Durham community.