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Law Enforcement Safety Advocate

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

Contact Information

Name:    Robert Childs
Email:    robert@nchrc.net
City:       Durham
State:     NC

Job Information

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is hiring a second Law Enforcement Safety Advocate.

The position is funded by the Drug Policy Alliance to assist us work on our syringe decriminalization campaign. We will be hiring 1 more person for the position (we have one other consultant who does this work).

The person working this position will conduct the following:

  • Syringe Decriminalization Advocacy with the legislature
  • Blogging on law enforcement issues revolving around syringe access
  • Law Enforcement trainings on officer safety around syringes and drug equipment
  • Assisting in the development of syringe decriminalization media
  • Social Media work
  • Working with NCHRC on building its law enforcement based advocacy network

Pay: This position is paid a stipend based on their work experience
Hours: 2-4 hours a week
Benefits: NCHRC will pay work related mileage and hotel for travel for work related assignments approved by the NCHRC Executive Director.

Skills: To apply you must have worked as a law enforcement officer for at least 1 year and have excellent writing skills. NCHRC is based out of Durham, but you may reside anywhere in NC for this position.

To apply: Send us a resume and cover letter, no phone calls please.

Who we look to hire: We are a equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against people living with HIV, diabetes & hepatitis, a record of incarceration, any gender experience, any race, and any ethnic background.

Apply By: 2012-03-18


North Carolina Harm Reduction (NCHRC) is North Carolina’s only comprehensive harm reduction program. NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, immigration status, gender, STIs, HIV and hepatitis. NCHRC also provides resources and support to the law enforcement, public health and provider communities.

We believe that the key to bringing sex workers, crack smokers, injection drug users and others who engage in high-risk activities closer to prevention and health services is to treat every person, regardless of their circumstance or condition, with dignity and respect. NCHRC’s nonjudgmental approach allows our members to move through a process of self- discovery and self-empowerment at their own pace. By developing relationships based on honesty, community, tolerance and cooperation, our staff helps people live healthier and more fulfilling lives while raising the health index of the community.

What is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction refers to a range of public health policies designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with drug use, sex work and other high risk activities. Harm reduction is an alternative and, in some cases, a complement to the more conventional approaches of demand and supply reduction.

“The help I got from the harm reduction program was more than just clean equipment, it was about being with people who didn’t judge me for my addiction, and who really wanted to help.” – Sam, a former drug user and sex worker in North Carolina



NCHRC provides the following programs and services:

  • Syringe decriminalization, syringe exchange and overdose prevention advocacy
  • Overdose Prevention Programming
  • Transgender, drug user and Hepatitis C support/advocacy groups
  • HIV and Hepatitis C counseling, rapid testing and referral services
  • Law enforcement needlestick reduction advocacy
  • Neighborhood biohazard cleanup
  • Free workshops and training on: Protecting Police and Public Servants from Needlesticks, Harm Reduction, Drug Use Risk Reduction, Hepatitis, HIV, Overdose Prevention, SEPs, Working with People of Transgender Experience, Working with Migrant/Farm Workers, Biohazard Collection and Working with Sex Workers
  • Harm Reduction outreach and services
  • Support Groups
  • Safer sex education, including utilization of the reality condom (aka the female condom)
  • Referrals to drug treatment, health services, mental health services, sexual assault support agencies, domestic violence support services and AIDS service agencies
  • All services are provided in a non-judgmental manner without regard to gender, culture, language, sexuality, immigration status, lifestyle choice or life experience
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