Durham Police Department Forms Task Force to Focus on Uptick in Robberies
The Durham Police Department recently formed a robbery task force to focus on an uptick in the number of reported robberies, which have increased by more than 13 percent in 2016 compared to the first 11 months of 2015. Task force investigators will focus primarily on robberies of businesses and persons involving dangerous weapons. The task force consists of one sergeant, one corporal and six investigators. Task force investigators will work with investigators from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and investigators from other area jurisdictions. A DPD crime analyst will also work with the team to help identify trends. More
Durham Expands Access to Capital for Small Businesses
Small business owners interested in expanding their operations should make plans now to apply for an innovative new program designed to help them access the capital they need to grow. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the City of Durham Small Business Advisory Committee, Accelerate 60: Meet Your Lender Match in 60 Days is a new program that offers an accelerated path for small business owners seeking financing. The program, designed to help improve the probability of accessing capital, is open to small or medium-sized businesses with two years of profitable business operations. The application deadline is Dec. 9. More
Durham Earns 2016 Digital City Honor
The City of Durham has been named a 2016 Digital City in the Government Technology News 2016 Digital Cities Survey. The list recognizes leading examples of cities using technology in improve services, boost efficiency, increase transparency and engagement. The award recognized the Technology Solutions Department's implementation of an IT Governance program and the development of a new City website by a team of employees representing numerous departments.
Parks and Recreation Launches New Online System
Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) has launched a new online system that makes it easier for the public to register and pay for services from their smartphone, tablet or computer. The new online system is easy to navigate and free to use. With this new system, a transaction fee will no longer be assessed when registering for any DPR service online. More