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The Rocky Mount Police Department invites you to have Coffee With a Cop

All community members are invited to attend Coffee with a Cop, hosted by the Rocky Mount Police Department. The next Coffee with a Cop is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wed, May 14, 2014 and will be held at Hardees, 1200 E. Raleigh Blvd.. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Rocky Mount's neighborhoods in an informal, neutral space.

"The majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies or emotional situations," says Community Resource Officer Brad Summerlin. "Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

"This program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time," says Summerlin.

All Coffee with a Cop events will be held at various Hardee's locations from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information on Coffee with a Cop, call (252) 972-1466, or send an e-mail to brad.summerlin@rockymountnc.gov


2014 Take 25 Child Safety Campaign

Take 25 is a campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that asks families, educators, law-enforcement officers and trusted adults to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. Created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day which is annually recognized on May 25th, Take 25 helps educate communities on safety risks and ways to better protect the children in their lives. During the months of April and May, communities are invited to join NCMEC in this grassroots effort by promoting ongoing safety conversations between children and their families

The Rocky Mount Police Department, Down East Partnership for Children and the Nash County Health Department will host a Take 25 Child Identification Event on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. This event will be held at DEPC at 215 Lexington Street in Rocky Mount. Chid Photograph Identification Services, child safety presentations, parent health educations classes, arts & crafts and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. For more information or to register to attend, call 985-4300 ext. 220.

Help make children safer in minutes. Get details at take25.org


Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The City of Rocky Mount will host a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 1101 North Church Street. The clinic, administered by Riverside Animal Clinic, is held often in order to provide safety for animals, and ultimately humans, from exposure to the disease.

“Rabies is a fatal disease, but it can be prevented by providing animal owners with information and giving our pets the proper vaccinations,” says Willie Boykin, City of Rocky Mount animal control supervisor. “The law requires vaccinations, and we want to make sure we do our part in keeping citizens and animals protected.”

The Rabies Vaccination Clinic is for cats and dogs only, four months and older. Pets must be on leashes or in carriers, and the cost is just $5 per pet, cash only. Animal adoptions are also available.

For more information on the Rabies Vaccination Clinic, call 972-1390.


14th Annual Junior Police Academy will be held this summer

The Rocky Mount Police Department will host its 14th Annual Junior Police Academy program this summer. Youth between the ages of 13 to 18 who are interested in law enforcement are encouraged to participate in the this program. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about police procedures and the law, ride along with a police officer, learn what it means to be a good citizen and get to know police officers in a fun environment.

Participants in this program will learn a wealth of information to determine if law enforcement is the career of choice for them. It is a really good program for young people who may have an interest in law enforcement. This program gives youth a better view of what the job is about.

Junior Police Academy participants will also engage in law enforcement activities and competitions, to include the fatal vision driving course, a mock crime scene and a mock court trial. The individual who wins this law enforcement activity will receive a trophy. Students will also role play and learn how officers respond to various situations like domestic violence.

Participants can choose to attend the Junior Police Academy June 23-June 27, 2014 or July 28-August 1, 2014. All sessions will be take place Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in the training room of the Rocky Mount Police Department. The program is first come, first serve and there is a $35 registration fee to attend. For more information or to complete an application, call 972-1436.


National Night Out (NNO) 2014 will be observed Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rocky Mount Police Department hosts NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Planning Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m. in the Rocky Mount Police Department Briefing Room. Subsequent planning meetings will be held at 4:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: May 27, June 24 and July 29.

This meeting is for anyone interested in hosting an event. National Night Out (NNO) 2014 will be observed Tuesday, August 5.

For more information about local events, call (252) 972-1436 or e-mail yvette.jones@rockymountnc.gov . For information about the national observance, visit the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) website.


Dog Fighting Operation

Over the past several days the Rocky Mount Police Department has received numerous calls about a dog fighting operation in Rocky Mount. The calls were stemming from a facebook video which shows dogs fighting and the posting lists that Rocky Mount as the location. The Rocky Mount Police Department has investigated this video and the posted information. From this investigation it has been found that the subjects responsible and location in which this is occurring is not in Rocky Mount, it is actually in another country. The Rocky Mount Police Department has also contacted the deputy manager of the Humane Society. They have also looked into this matter and have also determined this is not taking place in Rocky Mount. The Humane Society is reporting that this operation is located in Eastern Europe and sadly dog fighting is legal in many parts of Eastern Europe and openly accepted. We appreciate the interest and concern from everyone to help stop this horrible crime.

$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.


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:

Intermediate Certificate
- David Bowers
- Amanda Cryer

Safe Driving

5 years
- David Bowers
- Jason Harper
- Pernell Ingram

15 years
- Matt Edwards

20 years
- Michael Paul

Service Awards

5 years
- David Bowers
- Marcus Brown
- Doug Green
- Jason Harper
- Vicky Hussey
- Cameron Joyner
- John Thompson
- Blake Whichard
- Sharice Williams
- Adonis Woods

10 years
- Sharieka Clifton
- Doug Garner

15 years
- Clay Joyner
- Ricky Parks

20 years
- Steve Parker
- Rex Sherrod
- Michael A. Whitley

25 years
- Brian McGrath

Educational Achievement

Associate's Degree
- Sharieka Clifton

Bachelor's Degree
- Sharieka Clifton
- Pernell Ingram

Military Service
- Timothy Aycock

Accident Reconstructionist
- Pernell Ingram

Firearms

Expert
- Chris Driver
- Walter Keeter
- Luke Knorr
- Charles Williams

Master
- Mitch Carter
- Michael Paul

Firearms Instructor
- Don Moseley
- Michael Paul

Instructor Ribbon
- Amanda Cryer
- Pernell Ingram
- Brad Summerlin


CITY REMEMBERS RMPD OFFICER ALAN SILVER
Click HERE to read the full story
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.