Durham Police Department

  • Agency: Durham Police Department
  • Address: 505 W Chapel Hill Street, Durham, 27701 NC
  • Chief: Jose Lopez Sr (Chief of Police)
Phone: 919-560-4322
Fax: 919-560-4971

Durham Police Department is located at 505 W Chapel Hill Street, Durham, 27701 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is Jose Lopez Sr. The Durham Police Department phone number is 919-560-4322.

Durham Police Department News

Congratulations to DPD Capt. Marianne Bond who graduated from the 272nd session of the 10-week FBI National Academy this morning in Quantico, Virginia. DPD Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh (left) and DPD Assistant Chief Ed Sarvis (right) attended the graduation ceremony.

Assistant Chief Terrence Sembly got to meet students from the Young Gents mentoring program at Y.E. Smith Elementary School this week. Chief Sembly enjoyed spending time with the students at their field day at Zafa Temple in Durham.

When Christine Burke called the police to report that her $5,000 electric wheelchair had been stolen, she had no idea that the investigator assigned to the case – District 3 Investigator Ron Guardino – would turn out to be her guardian angel. He donated a wheelchair to Ms. Burke to replace the stolen one and he bought materials and constructed a handicap ramp to make her apartment more accessible. Investigator Guardino had few leads when he was assigned the case in mid-May. He went to speak with Ms. Burke and learned that she used a bicycle lock to lock her wheelchair outside her apartment because she was unable to lift it over the front door threshold which was six inches off the ground. Investigator Guardino had a slightly used $5,000 electric wheelchair that a relative no longer used and decided to give it to Ms. Burke. The relative told Investigator Guardino he was happy to know it was going to someone who needed it. Investigator Guardino delivered the wheelchair to Ms. Burke last week on his day off. This week he purchased materials and built a handicap ramp so Ms. Burke can easily maneuver her wheelchair into her apartment instead of having to keep it outside. Ms. Burke told Investigator Guardino she was extremely grateful for his assistance. We are proud to have officers like Investigator Guardino working for the Durham Police Department. He demonstrated true care and concern for a member of our community. Anyone with information about the stolen wheelchair is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

So Durham Bulls Baseball Club's Wool E. Bull heard about the Durham Police Department's new hiring incentives and took a chance at qualifying for the next police academy. Take a look at Wool E. as he goes through the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) at the DPD police academy at Durham Tech. If you are interested in becoming a Durham police officer call the Recruiting Unit at 919-560-4575 or visit DurhamPolice.com. https://bit.ly/2Jy8CN0

Durham Police Department officers and vehicles participated in Public Safety Day at the Durham Bulls Baseball Club Athletic Park today. #durham #durhambulls

The Durham Police Department held a community clean up in McDougald Terrace today and also formally introduced the new Community Engagement Unit. Community partners, including Keep Durham Beautiful, Fidelity Investments,The Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.and the Durham Housing Authority were on hand to help pick up trash. Residents of McDougald Terrace participated in the clean up as well. In all, more than 1,200 pounds of trash was collected.

Chief C.J. Davis provided remarks today during the formal introduction of the DPD’s new Community Engagement Unit (CEU). The CEU is currently based in the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, charged with providing proactive community-oriented policing for residents.

In honor of Gun Violence Awareness Day, and “Wear Orange Weekend,” the Durham Police Department headquarters building will be illuminated with orange lighting June 1-3. Everytown for Gun Safety, a key organization that stands for ending gun violence, states that 96 Americans are killed every day by gun violence. The color orange has been utilized to imply more than a sign of protection for hunters, but a sign of peace, and the value of human life. #GunViolenceAwareness #WearOrangeWeekend

Durham Police Department officers and non-sworn employees ran the department’s leg of the 2018 NC Torch Run Relay that benefits North Carolina Special Olympics this morning. So far this year, DPD employees have raised $2,767 to support the Special Olympics. Since 2008 the police department has raised over $50,000 to support the cause.

This morning officers from the DPD’s TACT and motor units conducted speed enforcement operations at three locations – 5000 to 5300 blocks of South Roxboro Street, 3500 and 3600 blocks of Guess Road and Fayetteville Street school zones near W.G. Pearson Elementary School and Hillside High Officers issued 72 speeding citations, including 16 in school zones, one seat belt violation, one child safety seat violation and 13 other traffic violations. The highest speed on South Roxboro Street was 55 mph in a 35 mph zone and the highest speed on Fayetteville Street was 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. The high speed pm Guess Road was 64 mph in a 35 mph zone. The DPD’s TACT and motor units will continue to do operations targeting speeding and aggressive driving in an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic crashes in Durham.

Congratulations to David Reynolds - #Durham Police Department's 2018 Civilian of the Year. Mr. Reynolds was honored during last Thursday's DPD Community Service Awards. Watch this video to see why he was recognized with this prestigious honor. https://bit.ly/2LsFwwF

We would like to share this story from Colleen Quigley at WNCN about a lifesaving effort by two Durham police officers. Sgt. Daniel Leeder and Officer Tony Paylor pulled a man to safety from the path of an oncoming train last October. The two officers received the DPD's Distinguished Service Medal last night at the DPD's Annual Service Awards program. They were two of 25 award recipients.

Congratulations to Officer John Wagstaff - #Durham Police Department's 2018 Officer of the Year. Officer Wagstaff was honored during last night's DPD Community Service Awards. Watch this video to see why he was recognized with this prestigious award. https://bit.ly/2KRSWBq

The DPD’s Service Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live tonight at 6:30 p.m. If you can’t watch then, the ceremony will be available on the City of Durham’s YouTube channel. The service awards ceremony, which is held annually in May, celebrates outstanding work by DPD employees and citizens. Twenty-five people will receive awards tonight.

It is with sadness that we announce that retired DPD K9 Fife passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 surrounded by his family. K9 Fife was a 10-year-old male German Shepard who joined the Durham Police Department in May 2010 and was assigned to Officer J.J. McDonough. Officer J.J. McDonough and K9 Fife were assigned to the Special Operations Division and Uniform Patrol during Fife’s years of service. During that time K9 Fife was instrumental in the seizure of over 331 pounds of marijuana, multiple kilos of cocaine, over 60 grams of heroin, several weapons and over $640,500 in US currency. On May 2, 2017 K9 Fife retired from service and went to live at home with Officer J.J. McDonough. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with vet fees and burial cost. Those wishing to donate may do so at the attached link. https://bit.ly/2IDnbza

School was out yesterday so officers from the DPD’s Community Engagement Unit and members of Zafa Temple #176 teamed together to take care of the students in the Cornwallis Road housing community by providing field day activities and food. Officers played basketball, board games, kickball and other games while the Zafa Temple members provided free lunch.the

Earlier this month, Squad 3-D Officers C.E. Bernock, J.J. Holmes and B.M. Baker were dispatched to a medical call about an unconscious woman. When they arrived, the woman’s boyfriend was attempting to revive her in their apartment. The officers quickly discovered that the woman was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The officers immediately began performing CPR and other lifesaving measures. They continued doing CPR until EMS arrived and then assisted EMS for a long time until they regained a pulse. The woman had a pulse and was breathing when she was transported to the hospital. The boyfriend was highly emotional as officers and EMS were working on the woman, but officers were able to keep the scene secure and show empathy at the same time. The boyfriend hugged Officer Bernock when he was told that his girlfriend’s pulse had returned. Officers Baker, Bernock and Holmes were quick to act and showed determination and endurance during this call. They used their training and skills and demonstrated great communication and teamwork while remaining calm and professional. We are grateful that these officers answered this call and were able to help a resident of our community.

Durham police officers were among officers from across the United States who attended the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service this morning on the West Front of the U.S. States Capitol.

Today, May 15, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is part of National Police Week. This week honors those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. For more information about DPD’s fallen officers http://durhamnc.gov/379/Memorial

It is a beautiful day. Come join us at Chick-Fil-A at 3912 North Roxboro Street where DPD employees are raising money for NC Special Olympics. Our “Cops on Top” event lasts until 4 p.m. today.

NOW: DPD officers are at the Chic-fil-A at 3912 N. Roxboro Road for the Cops on Top donation drive. The event is used to raise money for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. Officers will be there from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stop by and greet our officers -- and donate to this most important cause.

Please join the DPD as we celebrate National Police Month during May. Tomorrow, the Cops on Top fundraiser for NC Special Olympics will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chick-Fil-A at 3912 North Roxboro Street. Please come out and meet our officers and DPD employees.

We would like to thank Vickie Hughes Ashley for letting us know about how Cpl. J.A. Liberto went out of his way to assist her and a family member after they got lost in Durham Thursday night. She posted this as a comment on another Facebook post - “I'm not surprised a Durham Police officer was honored because I would like to give a shout out to a Hero in blue that helped this grandmother and her cousin find her hotel last night after going around in construction circles for almost an hour. The ramp we needed to get on I-85 was closed and there were no signs directing people like me that are from out of state to go to an alternate route. After all the twist, turns and one way streets even our GPS was so confused it started giving us street names that we never saw. We waved this God sent officer down, he told us we were WAY off the path we needed to go and he said to follow him and after several turns and (to us} many miles he drove straight into the hotel parking lot and stopped to make sure we were alright. After we arrived at the hotel we couldn't believe how far we had gone from the hotel, we wouldn't have found it. We probably would have ended up in our home state of South Carolina, if it hasn’t been for Car 500 our Hero in blue. God Bless and be safe to all men and women in blue!”

We are glad DPD Cpl. B.M. Glover took a few minutes to help this turtle safely cross busy N.C. 54 between N.C. 751 and Interstate 40 yesterday afternoon.

DPD Capt. David Addison was honored this morning for his contributions to the Durham community when he received a “Making a Difference for Durham Families” award from Durham System of Care. Capt. Addison, the commander of the Special Services Division (Central District), was recognized for his work with Legal Aid and his volunteer work with children. The award recognizes those who are dedicated to “helping the individuals, families and children of Durham County succeed in their community.” Congratulations, Capt. Addison!