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$5,000 Rewards Offered for Shooting Info

Rocky Mount Police are offering $5,000 rewards in the January 18 slaying of a teen. A 15-year-old teen was shot and killed on the 700 block of East Highland Avenue on January 18 while walking home from a friend’s house. Police detectives have investigated some credible leads, but no arrests have been made.

The reward is available for information leading to the arrest of the gunman responsible for the death, which is Rocky Mount’s second homicide of 2014.

If you have any information please contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637), then text RMPOL along with your message.

Wester named 2014 NC Law Enforcement Gang Investigator of the Year

The 13th Annual North Carolina Gang Investigators Association (NCGIA) Conference was held in Pinehurst, NC on August 11-14, 2014. During this conference Rocky Mount Police Department's Senior Police Officer Dustin Wester was awarded the prestigious 2014 NC Law Enforcement Gang Investigator of the Year. Criteria for this award included: evidence of individual ability to investigate gang activity, demonstration of knowledge in the area of gang investigations and innovative and creative use of resources to effectively combat gang activity. Officer Wester, and members of the Rocky Mount Police Department’s Violent Offender Investigations Unit, have instituted several innovative initiatives to combat gang activity to include: the Heat List, Audit List, Retaliatory Reports, Gang Area Maps and Flow Charts. Congratulations Senior Police Officer Dustin Wester!

The Rocky Mount Police Department Honors Employees

The Rocky Mount Police Department provides an awards program to recognize employees. The Rocky Mount Police Department’s Awards Board met in February 2014, and the following award recommendations were reviewed and approved for actions that occurred in 2013:

2014 Luncheon Lions Club Police Officer of the Year
Congratulations to Sergeant Ryan Hepler for being selected the Rocky Mont Police Department's 2014 Officer of the Year and the 2013 Luncheon Lion's Club Officer of the Year Award Recipient

Sgt Hepler has been employed with the Rocky Mount Police Department since January 31, 2005. He has worked in the Patrol Services Division, the Criminal Investigations Division and in August 2013, he was assigned to his current position in the Support Services Division as the Sergeant over the Technology Support Team. In just a short period of time, Sergeant Hepler has taken the Rocky Mount Police Department's technology vision to a whole new level.

Sgt Hepler also volunteers as a coach and mentor with the Backyard Wrestling Team working with youth ages 8-18 years teaching them about the sport of wrestling along with life lessons on discipline, work ethics, team work, goal setting, and perseverance.

The Luncheon Lions Club held a luncheon on March 11, 2014 to honor the Sergeant Hepler.

2014 Civilian of the Year Award
Mr. Willie Boykin is the recipient of the 2014 Civilian Employee of the Year Award. A group of his peers and supervisors, nominated Mr. Boykin for this award. He was also recommended for this award by The Awards Board.

Willie Boykin started his career in Animal Control in February 2008 and was promoted to Supervisor in December 2012. The Animal Control Unit under his leadership has formed relationships with area rescue groups who donate supplies, food and equipment. Willie works with area veterinarians who rotate hosting rabies vaccination clinics. He and his team participate in various local events like Parks in the Park and Dog Days of Summer and have held adoption fairs. Willie's positive efforts is changing the image of Animal Control.

Please join the Rocky Mount Police Department in congratulating Mr. Willie Boykin in his selection as the 2014 Civilian Police Employee of the Year.

2014 Telecommunicator of the Year Award
The 2014 Telecommunicator of the Year Award is being awarded to Douglas Green. Doug was nominated by a group of his peers and supervisors. The Awards Board also recommended Mr. Green for this award.

Douglas Green has been employed by the Rocky Mount Police Department since September 2008 as a Telecommunicator. He is a highly motivated employee who is very thorough in his work. Doug provides the officers with complete information when dispatching them to calls and he remains calm in high stress situations. One of the shift supervisors reported that "It is this Sergeants belief that Mr. Green exemplifies the core values of the Rocky Mount Police Department. This Sergeant believes Mr. Green is well deserving of this award."

Congratulations to Mr. Douglas Green on being selected as the 2014 Telecommunicator of the year.

Certificate of Commendation
Chief James Moore presented Senior Police Officer Kenneth Willis with the Certificate of Commendation Award on Thursday, March 6 for his help in the arrest of a suspect that was subsequently charged with 6 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon on January 21, 2014. Sgt J. Scott Hale wrote that "It is this Sergeants belief that if it were not for SPO Willis' keen observation skills and his awareness to be a good witness, the suspect would have evaded apprehension and possibly continued to commit armed robberies in the Rocky Mount, Nash County and Wilson County area."

Life Saving Award
A Rocky Mount police officer was recognized on Monday, March 24, 2014 for his heroic efforts to save the life of a motor vehicle crash victim. Corporal James R. Reynolds was working patrol on September 12, 2013 when he was dispatched to a single-vehicle wreck where Jessica Eason was driving on U.S. 64 when her vehicle left the roadway and plunged into Stony Creek.

“Cpl. Reynolds saw that Eason was in danger and quickly dove into the creek,” Mayor David Combs read from the nomination letter. “He was able to free Eason from the vehicle and pull her to safety.” Eason had 2 broken both legs and was unable to free herself from the sinking vehicle. “Cpl. Reynolds exemplified professionalism and bravery by putting himself in harms way to save Eason before the passenger compartment of her vehicle completely filled with water,” Combs said.

Police Chief James Moore presented Reynolds with the Life Saving Award for his brave efforts to save the life of Eason. “I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your quick actions during what could have been a tragic event,” Moore said. “You demonstrated heroism and extraordinary skill in saving a life at considerable risk to yourself."

Congratulations to Cpl James Reynolds for receiving the City of Rocky Mount's Life Saving Award.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following award recipients:

Advanced Certificate
- Leon Peele

Intermediate Certificate
- John Denotter

Service Awards

5 years
- Andrew Crumpler
- Jerry Judd
- Brent Lawton
- Harrison McDaniel
- Victoria Phillips
- Bruce Sanderson
- Angela Spell

10 years
- Tony Taylor

15 years
- James Staten

20 years
- Chris Hicks

25 years
- Charlene May

Educational Achievement
- Master's Degree - Monty Spencer

Military Service
- John Denotter

Special Response Team
- John Denotter

Firearms Instructor
- Leon Peele

Instructor Ribbon
- David Bowers

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Click HERE to visit Officer Silver's Memorial Page

In Memory of "Danny"

Partner of Cpl. Chris Hicks and Member of the
Rocky Mount Police Department

Nov. 15, 2000 - July 21, 2006

K-9 Danny was killed in the line of duty July 21, 2006 while assisting Cpl. Chris Hicks in apprehending a top ten most wanted person on Dreaver Street in Rocky Mount. Danny is the first Rocky Mount Police Department K-9 to be killed in the line of duty.

"My eyes are your eyes, to watch and protect you and yours, My ears are your ears, to hear and detect evil minds in the dark, My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of your domain, And so you may live, my life is also yours."

Currently recruiting N.C. Certified Police Officers. Contact Officer Michael Lewis at 972-1434 if interested in becoming a police officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.