Former Rocky Mount officer fondly remembered – Rocky Mount Telegram

Katie Pope Hunter didn’t set out to break boundaries in 1974.

The first black female officer in Rocky Mount was a single mother of two young boys and she saw law enforcement as a way to support her family.

“It was a different time then,” said her son, Tim Pope, who is a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol. “When she was in law enforcement, there was a lot of racism she had to deal with.”

He recalled awful derogatory comments her fellow officers would make, but the Elm City native stuck to it. After fellow officers Lurlene Preast and Shirley Howell filed a lawsuit in 1977 under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all female officers were paid at the same rate as their male counterparts in Rocky Mount. She served in a variety of capacities within the department, including several years as a courtroom officer where she met rookie officer Laura Fahnestock. (Source: Read more)


Reducing Crime and Reducing Poverty: How Rocky Mount’s Downtown Revitalization Helps – Rocky Mount Review

The Political Agitator’s response: Can’t wait to see what kind of twist the Community Council, Fighting Crime In Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties, WHIG-TV and other naysayers will put on this article.

Two words: Downtown Revitalization

Not only are cities across the country embracing and improving their downtown areas, but these renovations demonstrate how this innovation can make cities less dangerous and fight poverty.  Rocky Mount is no different. Rocky Mount’s downtown development has not only been a success, but the city’s crime rate is at a 35-year low. Additional benefits of downtown development include: employment opportunities, restoration of historic buildings and reduced crime. Crime prevention techniques are most effective if they address all environmental factors, from street lighting to clean streets. (Source: Read more)