In the fall of 2010, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office implemented the the Project Lifesaver program which is designed to enhance success at locating missing persons with Dementia, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down Syndrome and other related illnesses. This nationwide program involves a pro-active approach to identifying at-risk persons of wandering and attaching a radio transmitter to their wrist or ankle by way of a plastic or nylon wristband. The battery operated transmitter emits an inaudible pulse per second that can be picked up by a special receiver operated by trained officers. The individuals that are enrolled in the program are visited monthly by one of our 11 Project Lifesaver trained deputies to change the batteries and wrist bands. If someone enrolled in the program does wander away, the individual is usually located in less than 30 minutes.
For our visitors to the area, if you have someone in your family that is currently enrolled in this program, simply have your local law enforcement agency contact the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office so that we can obtain the frequency that is assigned to the subscriber in the case they wander away.
If you know someone that you think may benefit from this program, call the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 and we will be happy to assist you in getting your loved one enrolled in the program.
For more information on enrollment contact:
Carteret County Sheriff’s Office
304 Craven Street
P.O. Drawer 239
Beaufort, NC 28516
BEAUFORT, North Carolina (June 10, 2013) – The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Carteret County Health Department, has implemented an educational program entitled M.E.D.S. (Monitor, Educate, Dispose and Secure) to raise awareness about the safe storage and disposal of prescription medications.
“Historically the number one leading cause of accidental death in most places has been a person losing their life in an automobile accident,” said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck. “This is no longer the case in many places. The number one leading cause of accidental death is due to overdosing on prescription medications.”
Carteret County consistently ranks above the state average in prescription medication overdose deaths. According to State Medical Examiners reports, over 100 people in Carteret County have died due to accidental poisoning related to prescription medication since 2000. The Death Rate, deaths per 100,000 in population, for Carteret County (26.4) is more than twice the state average (11.0) for accidental poisoning deaths.
“If you are being prescribed a controlled substance you have a certain responsibility to yourself and to your family to make sure that your medications are kept in a secure and safe manner,” stated Dr. Kerry Willis, East Carteret Family Medicine.
The M.E.D.S. initiative is designed to promote and raise public awareness about prescription drug problems in the community. Monitor encourages people to keep track of refills, note how many dosage units are in each bottle and control the dosage units if you have a child or teen that has been prescribed a drug. Educate provides information to friends and family on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Dispose promotes the safe disposal of unused, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to law enforcement officials and secure is to take prescription medication out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place that only you and a trusted family member know about.
“People don’t realize how big of a problem prescription drug abuse is, especially teens as a collective whole,” said Kalen Perry, graduate, Croatan High School and former co-chair of CCSAP, Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention. “I don’t feel like my generation realizes how their choices today will affect them in the future.”
CCSO plans to have a thirty second television PSA running through the months of June, July and August promoting this program and currently has a billboard on Hwy. 70 West in Morehead City. In the coming months Sheriff Buck plans to reach out to the Carteret County School System in an effort to expand on this program and other programs sponsored by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
- Keep track of refills
- Note how many are in each bottle
- Encourage family and friends to monitor their own medicine cabinets.
- Control medication, and monitor dosages and refills if you have a child or teen that has been prescribed a drug.
- Make friends and relatives, especially grandparents, aware of the risks of not monitoring, disposing and securing medication.
- Discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse with friends and relatives.
- Encourage friends and relatives secure their prescriptions.
- Citizens of Carteret County should safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to law enforcement officials, who in-turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner.
- Discard in drop box in front lobby of CCSO or bring to Spring and Fall prescription turn in program events entitled “Pills Can Kill”.
- Take prescription medications out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place only you or a trusted family member know about.
- Lock medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a locked cabinet or secure lock box.
A Message from Sheriff Asa Buck, III
The National Sheriffs’ Association and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office recognize the nationwide seriousness of drug abuse and violence by our nation’s youth, and the urgent need to use and to expand school-based prevention education programs throughout the nation. The day-to-day struggle against alcohol abuse, tobacco, drugs and violence requires a long-term national, state and local effort and commitment.
In order to empower our youth to lead safe and healthy lives, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office offers the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to 5th grade students enrolled in the Carteret County Public School System.
The Carteret County D.A.R.E. program consists of a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office to serve as a positive role model while ensuring that the D.A.R.E. message is delivered effectively and professionally. D.A.R.E. provides students with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
With the effort of D.A.R.E. instructors, along with parents, teachers, health care professionals and all other interested parties, we can help our county youth grow into responsible and successful adults by encouraging them to “SAY NO” to drugs.
Thank you for your support.
You must obtain a valid handgun purchase permit whether you receive the weapon from a commercial dealer or a private person. The requirement also applies without regard to whether it is a transaction for money or a gift.
Application Process for Handgun Purchase Permits
Applications are available at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office located on the 1st floor, 304 Craven Street, Beaufort. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; telephone (252) 728-8400. You may also apply online by clicking Handgun Application.
Pistol permits are issued to citizens of Carteret County for the protection of home, target shooting, weapons collecting and hunting. You must obtain a valid pistol permit whether you receive the weapon from a commercial dealer or a private person. The requirement also applies without regard to whether it is a transaction for money or a gift. If you submit the application, background checks will be conducted to satisfy the Sheriff’s requirements for good moral character.
G.S. 14-404(e ) reads as rewritten: “(e) The sheriff shall charge for the sheriff’s services upon receipt of an application a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for each permit requested.”*Fees are non-refundable and required by State Law. Applicant must meet all application requirements.
Pistol Permit Requirements
- You must be a citizen of the United States
- You must be a resident of Carteret County for at least 30 days prior to the date of applying. Proof of residency must be provided upon request. (Driver’s License or Photo ID Card)
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must include three (3) references, who are not your family relatives.
DO NOT COMPLETE APPLICATION IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO YOU
- Criminal conviction(s) relating to Domestic Assault or Threats with Weapons
- Under indictment or information for or has been convicted in any state, or in any court of the United States, of a felony
- Under the authority of a Domestic Violence Protective Order or an Ex-Parte Order
- Fugitive from Justice
- Pending criminal charge(s) or criminal conviction(s) in relation to Marijuana or any other depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug or Controlled Substance within the last (5) years
- Unlawful user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug (as defined in 21 U.S.C. § 802).
- Adjudicated mentally incompetent or has been committed to any mental institution
- Discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
- Renounced your United States citizenship
- Currently in the United States illegally
If you submit the application, background checks will be conducted to satisfy the Sheriff’s requirements for good moral character.
When you have completed the application, it may take up to 7, but no more than 10 business days for it to be processed. A non-refundable fee of $5.00 will be charged for each permit requested at the time of applying. Correct change is requested.
- The Sheriff’s Office will keep the application on file for one (1) year beginning on the date application was approved. After one (1) year, it will be placed in inactive status and you will be required to complete another application.
- Once application is approved by the Sheriff, applicant will be notified in a timely manner by the contact information provided on the application. Applicant must be present to pick up permit and present a photo ID.
- Permits are good for five (5) years from the date of issuance.
The Sheriff will review any prior criminal charges or convictions. It is within the Sheriff’s discretion to deny or approve any handgun purchase permit(s).
Obtaining and/or Renewing a Concealed Weapon Permit
Applications are available at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office located on the 1st floor, 304 Craven Street, Beaufort. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; telephone (252) 728-8400. You may also apply online by clicking Concealed Weapon Application.
For over thirty years law enforcers and their civilian partners have been working together to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods around the country. Today with continued emphasis on crime reduction and the added task of fighting the war on terrorism, Neighborhood Watch is more important than ever. Throughout the country citizens are being empowered and mobilized as they participate in proactive partnerships with their local law enforcement agencies.
Traditionally a Neighborhhood Watch group is led by a community member who is actively involved and dedicated to the program. Often these group leaders are selected because of their previous crime prevention experience and training or because of their interest in the program. Some Neighborhood Watch leaders are chosen because of their desire to reach out to and work with the community, while others were selected because of their communication skills or abilities to plan, organize and mobilize others.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office offers a Neighborhood Watch Toolkit which is comprised of self-paced learning curricula and community based presentations with supplemental action-oriented Neighborhood Watch tools. The training is designed to enhance local efforts by highlighting important Neighborhood Watch topics such as recruitment of volunteers, managing meetings, target hardening for homes, observation skills and reporting of suspicious activities.
The game plan is to guide you from the initial introduction to Neighborhood Watch all the way through working with established groups as they expand the scope of their local activities and partner with other citizen-based organizations such as Citizen Corps.
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