This week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper appointed Orange County Sheriff Charles S. Blackwood as vice chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC). Governor Cooper originally appointed Sheriff Blackwood to the Commission in 2017.
As vice chair, Blackwood will take on increased leadership in the 45-person Commission. He said, “I’m honored to accept this new role on the Governor’s Crime Commission. I’ve served on the Commission for several years now, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the knowledge and talent working on behalf of the people of this State.”
The GCC is the chief advisory body to the Governor and to the Secretary of Public Safety on crime and justice issues. The Commission includes the heads of statewide criminal justice agencies, appointed state and local government officials, and private citizens. Additionally, the GCC also applies for federal criminal justice funds from the US Department of Justice on behalf of North Carolina. The Commission then distributes these funds, along with state appropriated monies, through a grant application process.
Blackwood added, “The work being done by the Commission; for our Courts, the victims of crime, and our law enforcement officers is more important now than ever, and I feel we are well positioned to meet the challenge.”
More information about the Commission can be found on the GCC webpage.