Robinson named new Rocky Mount chief of police

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A 27-year law enforcement veteran has been named Rocky Mount’s new chief of police.

Cpt. George D. Robinson, who has served as interim chief since January, was appointed the top job by City Manager Rochelle D. Small-Toney, the City announced on Monday. 

“In keeping with the Council and community’s concerns for appointing a chief that is knowledgeable, respected and well known in the community, and after re-opening the application process for internal applicants only, I have decided to select George Robinson to serve as the next police chief for the city of Rocky Mount,” Small-Toney said.

Robinson has spent all 27 years in law enforcement with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Robinson graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. He is also a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at N.C. State University and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

He climbed the ranks within the Rocky Mount Police Department after starting in the Patrol Services Department. 

“I am looking forward to Chief Robinson’s continued focus on crime reduction and maintaining our efforts of working closely with the community to keep our city safe and void of criminal activity,” Small-Toney said.

Robinson’s appointment comes after the city has lacked a chief for a year. The city has also seen already seen more than half the number of murders in 2019 as compared to 2018. 

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