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DPS Safety Scoop

28 EpisodesProduced by NC Department of Public SafetyWebsite

A North Carolina Department of Public Safety podcast that highlights how the people, programs and resources within NCDPS help keep North Carolinians safe through prevention, protection and preparation.

28 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

S2 E11: Providing Oversight to NC's Private Security Industry

August 31st, 2023


The Private Protective Services Board is celebrating 50 years of providing licensing, education and training for private protective services …

S2 E 10: Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

July 28th, 2023


This mini-episode of Safety Scoop walks listeners through a checklist of items for the Atlantic Hurricane Season that was built out by emergency management professionals to ensure the people of NC are weather ready.

S2 E9: How to Search, Apply and Interview for DPS Jobs

June 30th, 2023


Calling all job seekers, graduates, those interested in joining the public sector and everyone in between. The North Carolina Department of Public …

S2 E8: Behind the Scenes of the SHP Basic Patrol School

May 19th, 2023


Before anyone in the state of North Carolina can claim the title of trooper, they must first undergo the rigorous basic patrol school. Weeks of …

S2 E7: Close to the HEART - Autism Response Training

April 27th, 2023


The Helping Enhance Autism Response Training or “HEART” program was established in 2020 and has since reached communities across the state. Learn more about how this program got started, why it is important for law …

S2 E6: Collaborating to Enhance Public Safety Training

March 27th, 2023


To create a true culture of prevention, protection and preparedness, DPS prioritizes school safety as a core initiative. On top of other ongoing …

S2 E5: Locating Missing People in North Carolina

February 2nd, 2023


The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons was created in 1985. Since then, the center has worked with local, state and federal law enforcement …

S2 E4: Building Partnerships with the Private Sector

January 3rd, 2023


This episode's guest, Persia Payne-Hurley, is the Private Sector Manager & Business Emergency Operation Center Coordinator. Since starting with NC Emergency Management in 2014, Persia has been tasked with not only …

S2 E3: Leadership Chat - Catching Up With NCEM's Director Ray

November 21st, 2022


William Ray was appointed Director of North Carolina Emergency Management in August of 2021. With a little more than a year under his belt as …

S2 E2: Working Security at the NC State Fair feat. Chief Chip Hawley

October 18th, 2022


The North Carolina State Fair takes place every October and brings in around one million people. Many state agencies contribute to putting on the …

S2 E1: Fake IDs Impact Communities

October 4th, 2022


In this episode we discuss how the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division is combating the use of fake IDs across North Carolina. Listen as Special Agent …

E16: Hurricane Preparedness 2021

July 29th, 2021


Hurricane season is here and now is the time to make sure you are prepared in case North Carolina experiences impacts from one of these powerful …

E15: Severe Weather Preparedness

March 5th, 2021


Severe Weather Preparedness Week is an annual safety informational campaign that takes place around the change of the seasons in March. The purpose …

E14: A Chat with DPS Recruiters

February 12th, 2021


DPS is hiring! Learn about the diverse professions and abundant career opportunities found within the Department of Public Safety. DPS recruiters Kevin Whitaker, Stephanie Bridgers, Joy Brown and Melissa Thames discuss …

E13: Winter Weather Preparedness

December 3rd, 2020


NC Emergency Management meteorologists Kevin Kalbaugh and Diana Thomas and NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant Marcus Bethea discuss how North …

E12: Plans for NC Prisons: Dealing with COVID and What Comes Next

November 17th, 2020


Hear what North Carolina’s prisons have been doing in 2020 to protect staff and offenders during the pandemic. And find out how the state plans to …

E11: Serving Sentences Outside a Prison

September 21st, 2020


North Carolina's Department of Public Safety is charged with keeping the public safe, while also protecting its employees and those in the …

E10: Prison Actions in COVID-19

April 14th, 2020


This special edition of the DPS Safety Scoop was recorded on April 8, 2020. In this episode, Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee and Deputy Commissioner Brande Harris discuss how the Division of Prisons prepared DPS …

E9: DPS Women in Leadership - ALE

March 31st, 2020


March is Women's History Month, and DPS is celebrating the women who uphold the department's mission across North Carolina. In this episode, we speak …

E8: DPS Women in Leadership - SHP

March 10th, 2020


March is Women's History Month, and DPS is celebrating the women who uphold the department's mission across North Carolina. In this episode, we are …

E7: Protecting Our Elections

February 26th, 2020


Your vote matters! Hear what North Carolina officials are doing to protect the integrity of our elections and, and what you need to do to make your …

E6: Reflections on African American Heritage

February 21st, 2020


Listen to three NCDPS leaders talk about who inspired them and the heritage that shaped them as they reflect on their heritage as African Americans.  …

E5: What's New in NC Prisons?

February 6th, 2020


In June 2019, Todd Ishee was appointed Commissioner of Prisons by NCDPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks. With 30 years of correctional experience, Commissioner Ishee made it a priority to acquaint himself with all operating …

E4: Rebuilding Smarter Through Hazard Mitigation

January 23rd, 2020


North Carolina is subject to numerous hazards, whether they are natural or man made. Hazard mitigation is meant to lessen the severity of the impacts …

E3: Combatting Human Trafficking

January 10th, 2020


It's the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, and North Carolina ranks in the top 10 states for reports of this illegal activity. Listen …

E2: Wrapping up 2019 - Erik A. Hooks, DPS Secretary

December 30th, 2019


Between ongoing prison reform efforts, implementing "Raise the Age" legislation, responding to and recovering from hurricanes and adding two new divisions, 2019 has been an extremely busy year for NCDPS. What's being …

E1: Implementing the New Raise the Age Law

December 4th, 2019


On December 1, 2019, North Carolina became the last state to "Raise the Age" ensuring that most non-violent criminal charges of children and teens …

Trailer - Pam Walker, Communications Director

November 27th, 2019


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