As we meet with folks during the home stretch of this campaign for Durham County Sheriff, I get variations of this question a lot:
“I see you served in the FBI for 24 years. But what do you know about Durham?”
The answer is very simple. I grew up in Durham. Durham is my home. And almost all of my work with the FBI over the last five years has been in Durham.
After seven years as the first woman to lead the FBI’s Raleigh office, I decided to come back to Durham rather than climb the FBI ladder in Washington, DC. I served for five years on an FBI task force based in Durham that focused on gun and gang issues. That’s how I ended up as the lead FBI investigator who worked on a team that brought the killers of 9-year-old Z’yon Person to justice.
I partnered closely with the Durham Police Department and saw how the Durham Co. Sheriff’s Office (with a budget of $40M and staff of 480) could coordinate a lot better to help stop Durham’s gun violence.
I’m very proud of letters I have received from the Durham Police Department and the FBI Medal of Excellence thanking me for my work specifically in Durham. The FBI noted: "She continues to sacrifice countless hours of her time to serve the American people, specifically the people of Durham."
I truly believe that with better partnerships between local law enforcement in Durham County, we can bring down the gun violence in Durham. We can also lead the state on local initiatives for police reform that are actually implemented.
I know what meaningful partnerships between law enforcement agencies look like. I have been a part of them. Now I am working hard on this campaign to help make our local law enforcement agencies work better together. Together we can build A Safer Durham with Respect for All.
As always, your feedback and support are appreciated.
Thanks very much,
Maria Jocys for Durham County Sheriff
Posted on 22 Sep 2022, 20:57 - Category: Join the Email List