The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is an umbrella agency that carries out many of the state's law enforcement, emergency response and homeland security functions. The department was created in 1977 as the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. In 2012, the North Carolina Department of Correction and the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention were merged with Crime Control & Public Safety to create the new agency.
The department is headed by a Secretary of Public Safety, who is appointed by the Governor of North Carolina and is a member of the Cabinet.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina National Guard are two divisions of the department.
- J. Phil Carlton, April 1977 to December 1978
- Herbert L. Hyde, Jan. 1979 to August 1979
- Burley B. Mitchell, August 1979 to January 1982
- Heman R. Clark, Feb. 1982 to January 1985
- Joseph W. Dean, January 1985 to May 1992
- Alan V. Pugh, June 1992 to January 1993
- Thurman B. Hampton, February 1993 to September 1995
- Richard H. Moore, December 1995 to November 1999
- David E. Kelly, November 1999 to January 2001
- Bryan E. Beatty, January 2001 to January 2009
- Reuben F. Young, January 2009 - January 2013 (Secretary of Crime Control & Public Safety until 1 Jan. 2012; Secretary of Public Safety thereafter)
- Kieran Shanahan, January 2013 - July 2013
- Frank L. Perry, August 2013 - present