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Posted on: April 4, 2020

FAQs Regarding Executive Orders Enforcement

Durham Police Department – Chief Cerelyn ‘C.J.’ Davis 


For Immediate Release: April 3, 2020 


As we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Durham Police Department works day and 

night to ensure that our community is safe and well informed.  We have received numerous inquiries 

regarding enforcement of the executive and local Orders issued by Governor Roy Cooper, Mayor Steve 

Schewel and Chair Wendy Jacobs.  In an effort to address concerns regarding law enforcement response 

by the Durham Police Department, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.   


1. Are Durham Police Officers stopping vehicles to ask drivers if they have a lawful purpose to be 

traveling upon the roadways?  No.  Traffic stops conducted by Durham Police Officers must be based 

on a minimal standard of reasonable suspicion that the driver has committed, or is committing, a 

violation of the law.  Though violations of recent local and state Orders are a Class-2 misdemeanor, the 

mere fact that some citizens are traveling on the roadway or other public spaces, does not create a 

reasonable suspicion that a violation of these Orders exists.   

2. Is there a requirement that people traveling for work or any of the other exceptions to the executive 

and local Orders, provide documentation to show they are allowed to do so?  No. Individuals are not 

required to carry or produce, and the Durham Police Department will not request any type of 

documentation to prove an individual is engaged in activities allowed under the Orders.  

3. What should I do if I see someone who I believe is violating the executive or local Orders?  Based on 

our observations related to COVID-19 related Orders, the community at large is doing an outstanding 

job in complying with these Orders, as we all do our part to “flatten the curve”. If you are only seeking 

information about the Orders, please refer the City of Durham’s Stay-at-Home Order FAQs at  If you are reporting a violation, you may call 

the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency phone number at 919-560-4600 or 911 

if a person or property is in immediate danger. 

Please know that our number one concern is the safety of our community.  As a testament to the efforts of our 

community in complying with recent city, county and state Orders, as well as the CDC’s guidelines, Durham 

Officers have responded to less than ten (10) reports of possible violations.  In each instance, the party involved 

was reminded of the Orders and they immediately complied.  At this time, there have been no enforcement 

actions related to violations of any COVID-19 Orders. 

The Durham Police Department is committed to working collaboratively with our community and other partners 

towards an end to this pandemic.  However, to accomplish this we need everyone to continue to do their part 

to slow the spread. 

Cerelyn J. Davis, Police Chief 


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