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Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore

Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore

Police chief to brief council on crime

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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The City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday will largely revolve around the activities of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Police Chief James Moore will deliver his annual report on the department during the 2 p.m. meeting, which will include a summary of the 2013 crime statistics as well as an update on some of the initiatives and efforts implemented throughout the year.

“We are headed in the right direction,” Moore said in a report to City Manager Charles Penny and Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan. “This report is a testament to the outstanding work of Rocky Mount Police Department and a concentrated effort focused on intelligence-led policing. We are making greater use of crime statistical analysis to detect patterns and predict behavior in order to allocate resources to problem areas.”

Overall the city had a 5.3 percent reduction in Part 1 crimes – homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson – and Part 2 crimes – other crimes including embezzlement, vandalism, drug violations, gambling and liquor law violations. There was a 16.9 percent decrease in violent crime and a 2 percent decrease in property crime.

Also during the Committee of the Whole meeting, Moore will update the department on the actions of the Animal Control division and recommend several revisions to the Animal Control Ordinance.

During the 4 p.m. council meeting, the council plans to pass a resolution endorsing the negotiation of power generating assets to Duke Energy Progress Inc. Other action on the agenda includes the use of $150,000 of 911 funds for upgrades to the 911 center and a $44,500 contract with Martin Starnes & Associates for the city’s annual audit.

A $12,000 allocation is requested to cover increased registration for two spring trips – one to Orlando, Florida and one to Old Salem – sponsored by the Senior Center.

Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin Yarrell said the popularity of the trips means organizers are expecting high participation and the registration revenues would cover the allocation.

Other action planned for the meeting includes:

  • Water service requests for two properties outside of the city limits.
  • Sixteen new or renewed taxi and limousine rights.

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Moore

Chief Moore, for you to stand before this city and indicate that we are headed in the right direction is a slap in the face to the victims of the crime that saturates this town. You have no right to insinuate that your doing your job, when the town has to organize to battle crime themselves. You said the police department cant do it alone, no the cant however your not headed in the right direction or taking that extra step to make us all safe. You and Penny are the laughing tock of Rocky Mount, trying to keep the crime rate down buy ignoring it is ridicules, and this is coming from your officers who are not allowed to do there job because you and Penny wont allow them.

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