North Carolina Department of Public Safety

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North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Agency overview
Jurisdiction State of North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is an umbrella agency that carries out many of the state's law enforcement, emergency response and homeland security functions. The department was created in 1977 as the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. In 2012, the North Carolina Department of Correction and the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention were merged with Crime Control & Public Safety to create the new agency.[1]

The department is headed by a Secretary of Public Safety, who is appointed by the Governor of North Carolina and is a member of the Cabinet.


The Department of Public Safety is broken into sections which cover a wide range of regulatory and law enforcement tasks.[2]

Section Responsibility
ABC Commission regulation of alcoholic beverage sales
Administration office of the Secretary of Public Safety and general administrative services
Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice administration of the state's prisons and juvenile detention facilities
Alarm Systems Licensing Board regulation of alarm system companies
Alcohol Law Enforcement enforcement of state laws for alcohol, tobacco, and other controlled substances, lottery and gambling laws, and the state Boxing Authority
Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Programs substance abuse treatment services for inmates within the North Carolina prison system
Communications Office media relations
Community Corrections administer the state probation and parole programs
Correction Enterprises commercial arm of the Department of Corrections which sells inmate-produced goods and services
Emergency Management coordinate preparedness and response to a wide range of emergency situations, from chemical and nuclear accidents, to weather-related emergencies. Also oversees the state Civil Air Patrol
Governor's Clemency Office advises the Governor regarding pardons for convicted criminals
Governor's Crime Commission advises the governor on a wide range of crime issues, as well as administers various federal grant-based programs
Law Enforcement Services Section procurement for the states law enforcement agencies
North Carolina National Guard State militia
Parole Commission manages the state's parole and structured sentencing systems
Private Protective Services Board regulation of private security companies
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assist local, county, and state law enforcement agencies with criminal investigations
North Carolina State Capitol Police state security police charged with protection of state property and personnel
North Carolina State Highway Patrol highway safety and enforcement of state traffic laws
Victim Services provides financial reimbursement for medical expenses and other support services for crime victims

Juvenile facilities

The juvenile section has the following juvenile long-term commitment facilities, called "youth development centers":[3]


  • J. Phil Carlton, April 1977 to December 1978
  • Herbert L. Hyde, Jan. 1979 to August 1979
  • Burley B. Mitchell, August 1979 to January 1982
  • Heman R. Clark, Feb. 1982 to January 1985
  • Joseph W. Dean, January 1985 to May 1992
  • Alan V. Pugh, June 1992 to January 1993
  • Thurman B. Hampton, February 1993 to September 1995
  • Richard H. Moore, December 1995 to November 1999
  • David E. Kelly, November 1999 to January 2001
  • Bryan E. Beatty, January 2001 to January 2009
  • Reuben F. Young, January 2009 - January 2013 (Secretary of Crime Control & Public Safety until 1 Jan. 2012; Secretary of Public Safety thereafter)
  • Kieran Shanahan, January 2013 - July 2013
  • Frank L. Perry, August 2013 – present[4]


Over the recommendations of the prison staff, a private maintenance contract with the Keith Corporation and the manner in which the contract was renewed resulted in an FBI investigation as reported by the Raleigh News & Observer. [5]


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  3. "Youth Development Centers." North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Retrieved on December 16, 2015.
  4. News & Observer Under the Dome

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