N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--July 1997

DAPP Officers Taking Safety Steps

Newton -Officers in district 25-B are working in conjunction with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department to promote safety concerns.

The intensive team of Michael Cooke and Rick Bebber, with the support of JDM Jeff Joines, met with CCSD Communication Director Steve Hedrick. Plans were developed for officers to radio check beginning service A10-41", and ending service A10-42" when working in the field after 5 p.m. or during weekends.

"More and more frequently, officers are working nighttime and weekend hours," Cooke said. "That’s the time when the potential for danger is at its highest."

The CCSD Communications Center records when each officer begins duty, and it would raise a potential "red flag" if an officer does not radio when ending service. CCSD officials benefit by knowing at a glance which officers are in the field. It speeds up potential communication and enhances officer safety.

Over the past two years, staff in Catawba has increased from 27 to 38, with most of the new positions being Intensive teams or high risk probation and parole officers.

"Our ability to improve officer safety and communications with other law enforcement is important," Joines said. "We appreciate the cooperation of Sheriff David Huffman and Mr. Hedrick."

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