State Criminal Justice Profile

North Carolina

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $9 million* in state and local funds to North Carolina.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $5,208,428
Justice Assistance Grant Program—44 Local Awards $2,377,599
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $1,749,872

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 State of North Carolina JAG Program $5,208,428

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Brunswick County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Aviation Support $12,945
Catawba County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Upgrade Forensic Extractor and Provide ID Service for Children, Teens, and Senior Citizens $15,702
City of Asheville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Officer Safety and Subject Location Enhancement $56,677
City of Burlington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $49,670
City of Charlotte 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement and Corrections Improvements $483,916
City of Concord 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,284
City of Goldsboro 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Fleet Improvement Project $48,891
City of Greensboro 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Guilford County Law Enforcement Enhancements FY 2014 $217,853
City of Greenville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Equipment and Efficiency $60,603
City of Henderson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Henderson/Vance BJA JAG 2014 $16,935
City of Hickory 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hickory Police Department Special Operations Team and Patrol Equipment $23,359
City of Jacksonville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Officer Safety Equipment Items Grant $15,345
City of Kinston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG—Filling the GAPS $35,459
City of Lumberton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Neighborhood Improvement and Crime Eradication Project $41,073
City of New Bern 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 First Line Equipment Purchases $15,540
City of Raleigh 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police Equipment and Overtime Projects for Community Crime Solutions $189,044
City of Rocky Mount 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $65,080
City of Salisbury 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Surveillance Technology and Weapons Grant $34,260
City of Shelby 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Joint Grant Program $13,269
City of Statesville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 21st Century Investigative Technology Initiative $14,697
City of Thomasville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Thomasville Police Department Equipment Grant $13,107
City of Wilmington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG for Wilmington and New Hanover County $80,393
City of Wilson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG—Police Vehicle Radar and Camera Equipment $25,565
City of Winston-Salem 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $176,683
Columbus County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Interview Room and K-9 Unit Project $12,490
Cumberland County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $158,288
Davidson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Davidson County Sheriff's Office 2014 JAG Equipment Project $11,063
Duplin County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 House Arrest Equipment Program $15,962
Durham County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Safety and Community Service Enhancements $163,220
Gaston County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Gaston County JAG $60,181
Granville County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Officer Equipment Project $10,122
Halifax County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Body Camera and Laptops for Deputies $12,458
Harnett County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $24,008
Iredell County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Technology and Crime Prevention Program $16,384
Jackson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $10,219
Johnston County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Project Patrol Taser $12,004
Onslow County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Updating Expired Bulletproof Vests $23,099
Randolph County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,771
Richmond County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $14,080
Robeson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $53,401
Surry County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Digital In-Car Camera System Program $10,090
Town of Cary 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Police Light Bar Replacement Project $11,128
Union County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Sheriff’s Special Response Team Enhancement $19,758
Wilkes County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Program $12,523

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Durham 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 City of Durham FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning $100,000
City of Fayetteville 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Western District of North Carolina FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $298,132
City of Wilmington 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Re-Entry Systems of Effective Treatment (RESET) Program $600,000
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 North Carolina FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $36,351
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 North Carolina FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $223,499
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 State of North Carolina Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation JAG Program $163,963
North Carolina Department of Public Safety 08/01/2013 – 07/31/2015 2014 SORNA Award $327,927

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 514

Sworn Officers: 23,258

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 79% of the 514 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 58% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Police employee data were not received from the State Police/Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety for the state. Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 18 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 19 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 2,094 officers were assaulted (4.20% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for North Carolina:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 34,464 33,700 -2.2
Murder and Manslaughter 479 469 -2.1
Forcible Rape 1,984 4,190 N/A
Robbery 9,392 9,349 -0.5
Aggravated Assault 22,609 21,513 -4.8
Property Crime 328,594 308,049 -6.3
Burglary 99,323 90,702 -8.7
Larceny-Theft 213,151 202,741 -4.9
Motor Vehicle Theft 16,120 14,606 -9.4

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (395,015) decreased 9.39% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 8.91% (17,148), and property-related arrests decreased 5.85% (62,371).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 14,077
Prisoner Releases: 13,829
Total Prisoners: 36,922

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 69

Source: North Carolina Department of Corrections

Recidivism Rate*: 40.7%

Source: North Carolina Court System
*Recidivism is defined as repeated criminal behavior. In its studies of recidivism, the Sentencing Commission uses rearrests as the primary measure of recidivism, supplemented by information on reconvictions and reincarcerations, to assess the extent of an offender’s repeat involvement in the criminal justice system.

Top Offenses: Drug possession/selling, breaking and entering, DWI (FY 2014)

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves North Carolina. There are 149 North Carolina criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of North Carolina

Highlights

In North Carolina, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Veterans Treatment Courts in Buncombe and Cumberland Counties. To reduce the recidivism rate for veterans charged with nonviolent crimes, Veterans Treatment Courts offer individualized and comprehensive treatment to veterans charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies. Court personnel collaborate with the VA medical center, local providers, peer mentors, educational providers, and other community agencies to provide treatment.

  • Gang prevention program at the Wilmington Police Department (WPD). The program works with local organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, and with WPD’s Police Athletic League to develop mentoring relationships between officers at-risk youth.

  • Enhanced Data Integration Solution, through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina Data Exchange. This effort is making legacy incident and arrest data previously stored at local levels available to the entire North Carolina law enforcement community for investigative, analytical, and other law enforcement-related purposes.

  • Replacement of the Automated Criminal Infraction System, a 1980s technology, with the Web-based Criminal Court Information System—Clerk’s Component (CCIS—CC). The Administrative Office of the Courts’ Technology Services Division will implement CCIS—CC, which will improve efficiency by reducing manual processes, introducing ease-of-use features, and improving data quality.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Governor’s Crime Commission L. David Huffman, Executive Director
https://www.ncdps.gov/about-dps/boards-and-commissions/governors-crime-commission

North Carolina At-A-Glance

Total Population: 9,848,060
Population Under 18: 2,285,605
Population Over 65: 1,407,099

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation B.W. Collier, Director

Local Governments: 973
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 1
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: John Stuart Bruce—Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh Ripley Rand—Middle District of North Carolina, Greensboro Jill Westmoreland Rose—Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: North Carolina Department of Public Safety Frank Perry, Secretary https://www.nccrimecontrol.org

Drug Courts: 40
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center