Robinson to retire as Chief

Robinson to retire as Chief of Rocky Mount Police Department
Posted on 10/07/2020
George Robinson

After more than 28 years of service to the citizens of Rocky Mount, Chief George Robinson is set to retire from the Rocky Mount Police Department, effective, Dec. 1.

The retirement ends a distinguished career for Robinson, who began as a Patrol Services Officer in 1992 before working his way through the ranks, was named the department’s Interim Police Chief on Jan. 1, 2019, and promoted to the position permanently in March 2019.

Robinson comes from a family of those who have served and currently are employed in law enforcement across the state, with a brother who is a member of the N.C. State Highway Patrol and a brother and sister who are members of the Fayetteville Police Department. Robinson too, will leave his imprint on the department. Among the department’s accomplishments during his tenure as police chief are:

  • Adopted and implemented national “Eight Can’t Wait” policies to reduce the possibility of officer excessive force incidents

  • Mandated additional officer training for situation de-escalation

  • Enhanced department’s racial sensitivity training by enrolling sworn and non-sworn members of the department for TRRUTH (Taking Race Relations and Understanding To Heart) training

  • Educated members of the city’s Executive Leadership Team via Active Shooter Training

  • Led a city-wide Human Trafficking Education

  • Finalized and implemented the department’s IBIS forensics system, which can help link crime data in a more accurate and expedient timeframe

  • Re-instated the department’s Homeland Security Task Officer position

  • Hired a full-time Cold Case Investigator

  • Implemented a Police Athletic League, which allows area youth to participate in sports leagues while interacting with members of the department

  • Began Flag Football Turkey Bowl Tournament

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Robinson led a department that not only was tasked with keeping the safety and well-being of the community a priority, but also the health of its employees, many of whom have face-to-face interaction with the public on a day-to-day basis. Innovative and creative ways to continue serving the public have allowed the department to maintain a steady presence in the community and retain order.

Most recently, the city of Rocky Mount has been the beneficiary of Robinson’s leadership during the country’s unsteady social climate. Robinson and his department have respected the First Amendment rights of the public to assemble and peacefully protest. Robinson and his department’s ability to maintain public safety during such protests has received regional and statewide media attention.

“George Robinson has served the Rocky Mount Police Department with the highest degree of integrity and knowledge. He is a consummate and all-around professional, one who has been a servant leader, and an executive that I have enjoyed playing a critical role on our executive leadership team,” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said. “Our police department has benefitted from his years of experience, knowledge and integrity, particularly since he assumed the role of Chief in 2019. We wish Chief Robinson well during his retirement.”

From patrol officer to Chief of Police, Robinson said he is proud to have spent his entire career entrenched in a single community.

“I’m most proud of being able to work among my peers, gain their respect and work as a leader they were willing to follow,” Robinson said. “Serving the community has been at the forefront of everything I’ve done, and I look forward to watching the Rocky Mount Police Department continue its strive for excellence.”