Durham County Sheriff’s Department, 1974

Durham County Sheriff's Department, 1974

Marvin Davis was sheriff when this photograph of sheriff’s office deputies and support staff was taken in 1972. Bill Allen LINK, sheriff from 1977 to 1982, is pictured at the far left, bottom row. At this time each deputy acted in every capacity, handling all civil and criminal matters that fell under the office’s jurisdiction. They ran the jail, issued warrants, made arrests, patrolled, worked in the courts, and provided community service. Today the department is divided into four main divisions, Administration, Operations, Adult Services, and Detention Services, working in many specialized areas including animal services, community resources and services, domestic violence, criminal investigation, and patrol.