Police extend ‘Chat with the Chief’ sessions


Interim Police Chief Willie Williams, left, with the Rocky Mount Police Department talks with Marion Stoga on Jan. 16 during ‘Chat with the Chief’ at 1100 Block of Niblick Drive.


Staff Writer

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Rocky Mount Police Department has scheduled more dates for a popular new initiative that allows residents to talk face-to-face with the police chief in their neighborhood.

Chat with the Chief has been scheduled for four new locations where residents can meet interim Chief Willie Williams and his command staff.

The initiative provides an informal way for residents to discuss concerns or ask policing questions, Williams said.

“Chat with the Chief is a way to continue the police department’s community policing efforts,” Williams said. “Community policing is all about allocating officers to a number of different areas so they can get to know the members of the community.”

Chat with the Chief times and locations will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Golden East Crossing mall parking lot near Dunham’s Sports on the Jeffrey’s Road side of the mall and from 1 to 3 p.m. later that day at the Oakwood Shopping Center on Fairfield Road in the Food Lion parking lot.

On Thursday, the chief will be on Boone Street at the Rolling Meadows Apartments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the 700 block of Branch Street between 1 and 3 p.m.

“This initiative is a great opportunity for me to get out into the city, meet the citizens and listen to their concerns,” Williams said. “It’s another step in striving to make Rocky Mount a safer community with the assistance of our citizens.”

The Rocky Mount Police Department’s Mobile Command Unit will be deployed and stationed throughout these communities to provide residents easy access to local law enforcement leaders. Residents can discuss community matters and meet those who are responsible for providing public safety to the community, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.