Grant to help fund taskforce to fight drugs, gangs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: When will Ignant Racist White Folk and Ignant Safe Negroes stop twisting stuff to promote their own agenda. How in the hell did they come up with the Rocky Mount Chief of Police saying that there was not a drug and gang problem in Rocky Mount? I am glad he had the b to take a stand for which he feel is not right. Prove him wrong and then come back to me and talk about the issue of the taskforce and not that drugs and gangs is not a problem. Profiling however is a problem and not legal. But yep just my ignant opinion.
“Drug interdiction and local gangs don’t go hand in hand. Drugs passing through on the highway don’t affect Rocky Mount.”

James Moore
Rocky Mount police chief

NASHVILLE – The Nash County Board of Commissioners gave the go ahead Monday for a state grant application to pay a retired DEA agent to lead a regional antidrug and gang taskforce.

If approved by the Governor’s Crime Commission, the grant would fund a leadership position in a gang and drug taskforce for the 7th Judicial District. The leader would be a Nash County Sheriff’s Office employee managing a taskforce made up of deputies in Nash County; police officers in Nashville, Tarboro and Wilson; and agents with N.C. Probation and Parole and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The Nash Sheriff’s Office still is working with the sheriff’s offices in Edgecombe and Wilson counties to get them to join, Nash Sheriff’s Maj. Dennis Wooten said.

“The Rocky Mount police chief declined to be a part of the taskforce,” Wooten told commissioners.

Wooten said the police chief doesn’t believe the city’s crime rate is driven by drugs and gangs.

Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said his department isn’t interested in drug interdiction on Interstate 95 and U.S. 64.

“Drug interdiction and local gangs don’t go hand in hand. Drugs passing through on the highway don’t affect Rocky Mount,” Moore said after the meeting. “And it’s impossible to engage in highway interdiction without profiling, something that’s against the inherent nature of contemporary law enforcement.”

Moore said it is an assumption that all crime is drug-related and his department conducts data-driven enforcement.

Rocky Mount has had a successful gang unit since 2012 with an officer winning state recognition for the methods used in collecting information on gangs.

During the commissioners’ meeting, Chairman Fred Belfield recommended Wooten make another attempt to bring Rocky Mount into the fold.

Commissioner Wayne Outlaw said he would like to see Rocky Mount participate in the taskforce.

“I’m disappointed we don’t have more partners,” Outlaw said. “Everyone is always talking about regionalism.”

The taskforce would allow law enforcement to operate across jurisdictional lines within the 7th Judicial District and provide instant, real-time information sharing among partnering agencies as they continue to investigate gangs and drugs in the area, Wooten said.

The original grant is for $25,000 and will pay the salary of the taskforce leader from February to June. A second grant will be sought to fund the salary from July to June 2018.

As the selected leader is a retired DEA agent with federal benefits, the grant will not seek funding to pay any fringe benefits.

The board unanimously approved the grant, which requires no matching funds from the county. The position will be evaluated prior to its expiration.

In other business, the board unanimously approved changes to county ordinances to streamline the process for correcting address problems that could delay emergency response service such as odd numbers being on the even side of a street.

The changes replaced an E-911 committee with a designated Addressing Administrator, set a 15-character limit on road names and set a $50 per day penalty for not complying with addressing requirements. (Source: Original Document)

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