Changes coming to Department of Public Safety
Gov. Bev Perdue directed that the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Department of Correction and Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention be consolidated into a new Department of Public Safety (DPS) to increase efficiency, decrease duplication and streamline government. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2012.
The Department of Public Safety will be the largest state agency in North Carolina with more than 25,000 employees.
Law Enforcement will oversee the State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, State Capitol Police and Butner Public Safety.
Juvenile Justice will include youth development centers, court services, detention and community programs.
Adult Correction includes the Division of Prisons, Correction Enterprises, Community Corrections, Extradition and the Offender Records Management Center.
Other divisions include Emergency Management, National Guard, External Affairs and Administration.
A new website is being planned that will provide information and updates about the new agency, its programs, contact information and more. In the meantime, much of the information you will need can be found by accessing our new home page at www.ncdps.gov after Thursday, Dec. 15.