Durham Police Department (North Carolina)
|Durham Police Department|
Seal of Durham County, North Carolina
Flag of Durham, North Carolina
|Motto||"To minimize crime, promote safety, and enhance the quality of life in partnership with our community."|
|Operations jurisdiction||Durham, North Carolina, USA|
|Map of Durham Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||110.5 square miles (286 km2) (July 2016)|
|Population||254,620 (July 2016)|
|Legal jurisdiction||Durham, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Governing body||Durham City Council|
|Headquarters||602 E Main St, Durham, North Carolina|
|Durham Police website|
The Durham Police Department is a full service police department, having primary responsibilities for law enforcement and investigation within the city limits of Durham, North Carolina. The department was established in 1869 to provide policing services to the residents of Durham and has undergone many changes in its structure and operations since. The most notable change occurred in the 1970, when the City of Durham combined both the Durham Police Department and the Durham Fire Department to create a joint public safety agency. The agency was soon split again in 1985 to form separate police and fire services.
The Durham Police Department operates its own Police Academy through Durham Technical Community College. While the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission requires a 16-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course, the Durham Police Academy is 26 weeks.
The City of Durham convened a Civilian Police Review Board in 1999 to bolster police accountability. The board consists of nine citizen volunteers who are charged determining whether DPD's Professional Standards Division abused its discretion in conducting an internal affairs investigation into the following actions taken by officers: use of force, unethical conduct and/or conduct unbecoming, and arrest, search and seizure . Internal affairs investigators inform dissatisfied complainants of their right to appeal the case by submitting a written request to the Civilian Police Review Board.
The Durham Police Department is organized into five bureaus:
- The Office of the Chief contains the Professional Standards Division, Public Affairs Unit, Staff Inspections, the Police Attorney, and support staff.
- Administrative Service Bureau provides many necessary functions to support and serve both police officers as well as citizens. It contains the Information Technology Division, the Training Division and Recruiting Unit, the Fiscal Services Division, the Employee Services Division, and the Planning & Research Division.
- Field Operations consists of the Patrol Services Bureau and the Support Services Bureau. The Patrol Services Bureau includes four of the five police districts (districts 1-4), each of which consist of four patrol patrol squads and a district investigation unit. District 5 (downtown area) uniform patrol and district investigations are among the Canine Unit, Traffic Accident and Collision Team (TACT), and the Motor Unit in the Special Services Division under the Support Services Bureau. The Community Services Division, the Special Projects/Logistics Division, and the Analytical Services Division are also under the Support Services Bureau.
- Investigative Services Bureau consists of the Organized Crime Unit, the Criminal Investigations Unit, and the Forensic Services Division. This Criminal Investigations Unit differs from the district investigation units in that there are five specialized investigative teams: the Homicide Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Special Victims Unit, the Financial Crimes Unit, and the Robbery Unit.
The Durham Police Department's headquarters is currently located at 602 East Main St. Completed in October 2018, the $71,468,126 four-story complex sits on 4.5 acres and features enclosed parking deck for staff and a surface lot for vistor parking. Police headquarters houses the fully digital Durham Emergency Communication Center (DECC) on the fourth floor. All police services operate out of headquarters with the exception of the Community Service Bureau, the Property and Evidence Unit, Uniform Patrol and District Investigations for Districts 1-4, which are housed at satellite locations called substations.
|District Name||Station Location||Area of Focus||Units|
|District 1||921 Holloway Street||East||Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol, Community Services & Crime Prevention Unit, Victim Services Unit, Property & Evidence Unit|
|District 2||5285 N Roxboro Street||North||Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol|
|District 3||8 Consultant Place||Southwest||Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol|
|District 4||2945 S Miami Blvd, Suite 135||Southeast||Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol|
|District 5||602 E Main St||Downtown/Special Services||Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol, Bicycle Squad, K9, Traffic Services (TACT & Motors)|
The Durham Police Department utilizes many different types of vehicles to accomplish its mission. The primary marked patrol vehicle of the Durham Police Department is the Dodge Charger. Uniform patrol sergeants and K9 units are equipped with a Chevrolet Tahoe. While the Ford Crown Victoria has almost been completely phased out of the fleet, a number remain as spare line cars. Similarly, the Department still employs many Chevrolet Impalas for assignments not requiring marked vehicles as it continues the transition to a Dodge Charger and Ford Explorer Interceptor unmarked fleet. Downtown units use Trek bicycles and Polaris EFI 500 UTVs for patrolling nearby trails and special events downtown. The motor unit utilizes Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles.
The marked units are equipped with Panasonic Mobile Computer Terminals (MCTs) with internet connectivity, LoJack receivers, Coban Digital Video Recording, Motorola 800 MHz radios, and GPS. The marked vehicles are also equipped with both red and blue overhead emergency lights. Having red lights is not common among many law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, but the red signifies the department's previous history as a public safety agency.
As of 2017, the department issues a marked take-home patrol car vehicle to all Uniform Patrol Officers who live in the city limits .
The Durham Police Department issues each officer standard equipment. Certain additional equipment or accessories may also be carried, but are not issued by the department.
- Safariland high-gloss same browne belt and duty gear
- Peerless handcuffs, hinged
- Saber defensive spray (OC/CS)
- ASP Friction-Loc 21" steel expandable baton
- Maglite rechargeable flashlight (3-Cell D size)
- Motorola APX 6000 radio
- Glock 17 9mm
- Taser X2 Electronic Control Device
- Remington 870 Police Magnum (optional for carry)
- Vievu LE5 body-worn camera
The Durham Police Department's Selective Enforcement Team (SET) utilizes special weapons including M4 carbines, Heckler and Koch MP5s, various non-lethal chemical agents as well as special armor and protective equipment.
Patches and uniforms
The Durham Police Department's Uniform Patrol wears navy blue uniform shirts and matching pants. The shirts have police patches on both shoulders. Officers utilize a gloss leather Sam Browne belt to carry equipment.
The current patch has been in service since 1985. It has a navy blue background with a red center and gold trim. The navy blue represents law enforcement while the red represents the department's history as a public safety agency. The center displays an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows which is reminiscent of the Great Seal of the United States. The center of the eagle has a gold shield and blue "D"-shape with the Rod of Asclepius over the top representing one of Durham's nicknames, "The City of Medicine".
Older patches include a round patch with tobacco leaves representing Durham's history as a major producer of tobacco products. The Public Safety era patch was used from around 1970 to 1985 while the Durham Police and Fire Department's merged.
|Officer Name||End of Watch||Incident Type|
|Sergeant Gill P. Cates||5/28/1913||Gunfire|
|Detective Roland A. Gill||6/10/1933||Gunfire|
|Patrolman J. Clarence Price||12/3/1939||Motorcycle Accident|
|Patrolman Shirley Ladd||1/1/1943||Motorcycle Accident|
|Investigator Larry Douglas Bullock||4/29/1976||Gunfire|
|Officer Gary E. Fletcher||2/16/1978||Accidental|
|Corporal Billy Thomas Gregory||4/24/2004||Heart Attack|
|Officer Charles J. Callemyn||2/17/2007||Automobile Crash|
- "Durham Police Academy | Durham, NC". durhamnc.gov. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
- "Durham Police Headquarters Complex | Durham, NC". durhamnc.gov. Retrieved 2018-06-25.