Tarboro will miss Chief Williams

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I’ve gotten to know more than a few police chiefs in my decade as a news reporter. Most of them were good people, a few weren’t and I even helped lock up one for murder.

The best compliment I’ve ever received came inadvertently from a police chief who told me his hair had turned gray because of me.

None of the other chiefs I’ve known were quite as effective as Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams.

During his three years on the job, violent offenses and property crimes declined. Each year there were fewer reported robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and acts of vandalism. Crime decreased so much so that Tarboro was recently named one of North Carolina’s safest cities by a national home security company.

Williams brought Tarboro into the 21st century while holding onto his small town charm. He instituted walk and talk patrols, forcing his officers to park, get out of their vehicles and meet folks.

Williams also practiced swarm patrols — if a neighborhood was having a problem with break-ins, he flooded that area with cops until the culprits were caught.

Williams established an anti-gang taskforce, a local version of National Night Out, a Citizens Police Academy and the Police Explorer Program to mentor elementary students.

He held informal meetings with the public, called Coffee with the Chief, where he listened to what folks had to say about what was going on in their neighborhoods. He was instrumental in helping to establish basic law enforcement training at Edgecombe Community College.

Williams showed leadership under pressure during a triple-homicide shooting spree last year and composure while dealing with the media storm that followed.

But despite Williams’ many accomplishments, there was always a certain element of local governance that tried to devalue his contributions and destroy his character. Each and every month at town council meetings, Williams must have felt like he was trapped in a Franz Kafka novel, always on trial but never being told what crime he was accused of committing.

I won’t guess as to that certain element’s motives. They don’t pay me to speculate. But I can say a local woman told me that certain element stood in her living room and swore to run Williams out of town.

Now Williams, Tarboro’s first black police chief, is leaving. He took a better paying job running a bigger police department.

That certain element might think it won, but with Williams’ departure, the real losers are the citizens of Tarboro.

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

Mooresville hires new police chief – Mooresville Tribune

Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams has been named police chief in Mooresville.

He succeeds Carl Robbins, who retired Dec. 1, and will begin his new duties here April 4.

Since Robbins’ retirement, Major Bryan Anderson has served as interim chief for the department and was one of several candidates for the permanent position.

Mooresville Town Manager Erskine Smith said Williams’ hiring followed a search coordinated by executive recruiting firm Colin Baenziger & Associates. (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe-Tarboro Drug Task Force arrest hundreds in investigation – New 5


TARBORO, N.C. – As a result of a year long undercover drug investigation called operation “Checking Our List,” the Tarboro Police Department and Edgecombe County Sheriff’s office announced they had arrested hundreds of people buying, selling, and transporting illegal drugs.

In all, 10 agencies helped with the round up in Edgecombe County.  

Deputies say they served more than 100 warrants and seized more than 40 doses of heroin, as well as cocaine and marijuana. Law enforcement officials say the drugs taken off the street are worth more than $1 million.

Damon Williams, Tarboro Police Chief, says this all adds up to a safer community.

“Drugs, gangs, weapons all go together,” Williams said. “So we’ve made an impact in that entire area within the entire county.” (Source: Read more)

Social Networking Forum Sexting Sponsored by Tarboro Police Department Thursday March 27, 2014

I along with my son attended the social networking forum. It was a powerful presentation by the different resources that were participants in bringing about awareness. The shock of the night for me was my son stood up and wanted to share something.

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Warning issued to local teens – The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams has issued a stern warning to teenagers who are making bullying comments and posting sexually explicit photos of classmates and friends on social media websites:

"When I find out who you are and who started these pages, I’m going to bring charges against you," Williams emphatically said during a Thursday  interview in his office. "I’m going to bring you to court. I’m going to try you, and I’m going to get a conviction.

Before Williams’ message, he was not aware that the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office was investigating similar issues outside Tarboro City limits. Knight called for an SBI agent to assist his department with the complex issue. (Source: Read more)

Princeville board flirts with rescinding police department SOP – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE —Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams may have saved the Town of Princeville from grief Monday when he spoke up about a resolution that could have caused the town to face "major" liabilities.

Commissioners Ann Howell, Gwen Knight and Calvin Sherrod voted to rescind the police department’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), while commissioner Isabelle Purvis-Andrews voted against it. (More)

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Tarboro council extends Thornton as town manager – Daily Southerner

Response: Well the new Town Manager keeps his job however not without much discussion. There were several people who were pissed with him because he hired a new Tarboro Police Chief who just happened to be the first Black Chief in the town’s history. But those in opposition to the hiring felt that the new Chief should have been from within the department. So since they couldn’t have their way they said the Town Manager had to go.

TARBORO — There had to be some anxious moments for Tarboro Town Manager Alan Thornton Monday night.

Thornton, who was a unanimous hire as manager a little over a year ago, kept his job following an executive session that lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes. (More)

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