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Rocky Mount police chief retiring

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ROCKY MOUNT — After more than 28 years of service to the residents of Rocky Mount, Chief George Robinson is set to retire from the Rocky Mount Police Department on 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. He was named the department’s interim police chief on Jan. 1, 2019, and promoted to the position permanently in March 2019.

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.”

Robinson comes from a family who has served, some currently employed in law enforcement across the state. One of his brothers is a member of the N.C. State Highway Patrol and another brother and sister are members of the Fayetteville Police Department.

Robinson will leave his imprint on the department in Rocky Mount. Among the department’s accomplishments during his tenure as police chief include the following: adopting and implementing national “Eight Can’t Wait” policies to reduce the possibility of officer excessive force incidents; mandating additional officer training for situation de-escalation; enhancing racial sensitivity training, by enrolling sworn and non-sworn members of the department for Taking Race Relations and Understanding To Heart training; educating members of the city’s Executive Leadership Team via active shooter training; leading a citywide education in human trafficking; finalizing and implementing the department’s IBIS forensics system, which can help link crime data in a more accurate and expedient time frame; reinstating the department’s homeland security task officer position; hiring a full-time cold case investigator; implementing a Police Athletic League, which allows area youth to participate in sports leagues while interacting with members of the department; and beginning 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.

“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 benefited 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.”