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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jacksonville-Onslow County Focused Deterrence Call-In

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office has announced that yesterday Jacksonville-Onslow County hosted its first Focused Deterrence Call-In event.  A focused deterrence notification (call-in) is a systematic and thorough problem identification strategy to deter violence, gun and drug crimes.  A comprehensive and strategic focused deterrence plan is created by local and federal law enforcement partners to target chronic and repeat offenders.  Once notified, offenders are provided a unified message that they have been targeted and will be sanctioned if they continue to commit criminal acts.  Community members and resource providers participate and augment the aggressive law enforcement approach by providing participants with support services and resources including housing, vocational and employment services, educational services, and substance abuse programming. 

Each offender was provided a resource handbook identifying various local resource providers and their contact information. At the conclusion of the event, offenders were greeted by representatives from seven local agencies that provide supportive services and resources to former offenders.  In addition to the resource providers, there were also faith based leaders, community leaders, state and federal probation officers, state and federal prosecutors, local law enforcement and federal agents in attendance to offer their support and encouragement to the offenders.

Yesterday’s Jacksonville-Onslow County Focused Deterrence Call-In was hosted by the Jacksonville Police Department and the Onslow-Jones County Reentry Council.  The Focused Deterrence Call-In was a joint partnership between the Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, District Attorney’s Office in Judicial District 4, United States Probation, Tri-County Crusaders Reentry Program, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Updated June 30, 2016