Interim chief to meet with public
BY AMELIA HARPER
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Rocky Mount’s interim police chief is hoping to connect with the community during his early days of service with the city.
“As part of the city of Rocky Mount’s commitment to outstanding customer service, Interim Police Chief Willie Williams and the Rocky Mount Police Department would like to invite residents to personally meet their police chief and his command staff. This initiative, aptly titled ‘Chat with the Chief,’ will be an informal way to discuss and answer policing questions or concerns,” said a statement from city officials released Friday.
Williams, who replaced former Police Chief James Moore after he retired in December, said he sees this as an opportunity to promote community policing in the community.
“‘Chat with the Chief’ is a way to continue the police department’s community policing effort, “ Williams told the Telegram. “Community policing is all about allocating officers to a number of different areas so they can get to know the members of the community.”
In order to connect with members of the community, the Rocky Mount Police Department’s Mobile Command Unit will be stationed throughout several communities in Rocky Mount to provide residents easy access to local law enforcement leaders.
The first Chat with the Chief event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Niblick Drive. From 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Mobile Command Unit will be parked at the intersection of Pine and Gay Streets in Happy Hill. Residents can meet with the chief to discuss community matters and can also meet with officers charged with protecting Rocky Mount residents.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Mobile Command Unit will be stationed in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Chat with the Chief event will continue on the 700 block of Branch Street.
Residents do not need to make an appointment but can just drop by and talk with the chief at these times.
“This initiative is a great opportunity for me to get out into the city, meet the citizens and listen to their concerns. It’s another step in striving to make Rocky Mount a safer community with the assistance of our citizens,” Williams said.