Monday, July 20, 2015

National Night Out

You are invited to Hope Valley North’s fourth annual National Night Out

DATE:       August 4, 2015 (rain or shine)
Time:       6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Winchester Ct

Event Specifics:
·        Free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments
·        Bring Your Own Chair
·        Leave your porch light on at home!
·        Sign in for a name tag and raffle tickets to win prizes
  • Bring school supplies to donate to the Crayons2Calculators program- 10 most needed items: Crayons (boxes), Glue Sticks, Markers (boxes), Pencils (packs), Erasers, Highlighters, Clipboards , Copy Paper – reams , Spiral Notebooks, Composition Books 
  • Meet city officials, law enforcement, Red Cross, Fire Department and more!!

County Vehicle Parade (lead by DPD SWAT vehicle and DFD Fire Truck) will start at Stropshire cul-de-sac at 6pm drive down Colchester, Stonehedge, and Suffolk to turn right on Shrewsbury and left onto Winchester. Let’s line the streets to cheers them on along the way.

Community Conversation on Police & Community Relations Forum

The Community Conversation on Police & Community Relations Forum will be
held from 6:30PM until 8:30PM on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Holton Career and
Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street, Durham, NC 27703.

The event is designed to allow the residents of Durham to voice their
concerns and to offer positive solutions for the improved relations between
the community and law enforcement officials.

Angela Lee, the executive director of the Hayti Heritage Center, will serve
as the moderator of a panel discussion that will open the session. Lee will
guide an interactive conversation between police officials, community
activists, and civic leaders. I have been invited to represent the Civilian
Police Review Board.

Using a balanced approach to the discussion of multiple issues, the panel
will utilize the first 30 minutes of the program. Following the panel
dialogue, individual audience members will be asked to offer suggestions and
solutions that would improve the overall relationship and the cooperation
between law enforcement and citizens.

The suggestions and solutions offered will be received and documented for
improvements that can make Durham a model city in the area of police and
community relations.

The event is a collaborative venture between the Durham City Council, Board
of County Commissioners, DPS Board of Education and the community at-large.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Restored to Verizon Wireless Customers

DURHAM, N.C. - Verizon Wireless customers can now dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center<>, Verizon Wireless has fixed the issued that affected their network earlier today. No other wireless carriers had any issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls also worked properly during this time. Although carrier malfunctions rarely happen, residents are reminded that the Durham Emergency Communications Center may be reached directly at the non-emergency number, 919-560-4600, should they be unable to reach 9-1-1.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Unavailable to Verizon Wireless Customers

DURHAM, N.C. – Currently, Verizon Wireless customers are receiving a busy signal when dialing 9-1-1. Verizon Wireless is now working to fix the issue with their network.

Until further notice, Verizon Wireless customers in need of emergency assistance should call the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency number at (919) 560-4600 if a busy signal is received when dialing 9-1-1.

According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center, no other wireless carriers are having issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls are working. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

meeting Tuesday night

Our next meeting is Tuesday night (6/9) at 7 pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. For those interested we will also have a tour of the stream restoration project on Stonehedge at 6:30 pm. Meet at Shelly Place at 6:30 pm for the tour before the meeting.

Monday, June 1, 2015

crime alert

In the past few weeks in Hope Valley North, there has been a house burglary during the day, a storage area broken into overnight, theft of property out of two yards and a dead animal put in a neighbor's mailbox. If and when you see anything suspicious, please call 911.

There is a neighborhood meeting in June 9th at 7pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. Come out an get to know your neighbors. We need to watch out for each other.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

South Durham COP program

After a series of crimes in SW Durham, the Parkwood Association asked the Durham Police Department (DPD) to increase the number of officers patrolling South Durham. DPD’s response was that they lacked the manpower to increase patrols.

                Our goal is to give existing officers more time to actively patrol our area by reducing the time they spend on non-emergency services. We are working with the DPD to recruit citizen volunteers for an existing DPD-sponsored program, the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP).

                The COP program uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.

                The South Durham COP program, covering Districts 3 and 4, only has enough volunteers to patrol one day a week. According to the DPD COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week.

                COP volunteers wear uniforms and patrol during daylight hours in specially-marked cars. They carry assigned hand-held radios linked directly to the central police dispatcher (which gives them direct contact with all uniformed police on patrol) to report suspicious individuals and activities, crimes in progress, abandoned vehicles, and request EMS. COP volunteers help reduce the DPD’s response time.

                We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in South Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the DPD COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.

                We hope that you will join us in this effort to provide better police protection for South Durham by distributing the attached sheet on the COP program to the residents in your community, sharing on your neighborhood websites or email lists, and encouraging neighbors to attend the recruitment meeting and volunteer to become a COP.

                If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office (, 919-544-2161).