Agency Type: Sheriff's Office
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 40,821
Agency Size: 69 total – 45 sworn; 24 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Elizabeth City Police Department; Elizabeth City State University Police Department; Pasquotank County District Attorney’s Office
Grant Focus Area(s): Personnel; Crime Analysis; Firearm-related Crime
The Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has a staff of 69 people, serving a population of over 40,000 individuals and covering almost 300 square miles. The PCSO’s mission is to provide the highest standard of public service, while committing to the people, traditions, and diversity of Pasquotank County. To protect life and property, prevent crime, and reduce the fear of crime, the PCSO provides services with understanding, responds with compassion, performs with integrity, and provides law enforcement services with purpose and vision.
Pasquotank County has limited resources, high poverty rates, limited public transportation, limited employment opportunities, and rising living costs which is creating instability within the community. From 2020 – 2021, Pasquotank County saw a rise in violent crime, specifically, shots-fired calls for service.
Using RVCRI funding, the PCSO will implement a data analysis and training software and funding for overtime for deputies to engage in hot spot policing efforts. The software will allow the sheriff’s office to collect and analyze complex data sets quickly and efficiently to enhance criminal investigations and planning activities. The PCSO plans to partner and share the software with the Elizabeth City Police Department, Elizabeth City University Police Department, and other law enforcement partners. Through these efforts, the sheriff’s office plans to identify and concentrate efforts on hot spot areas, deploy effective data analysis technology to assist with hot spot identification and intelligence-led policing, make law enforcement services more efficient and effective, and build the trust and support of county residents.