From the desk of Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson, Jr….
With recent events and unrest in our nation, my top priorities as Sheriff of Edgecombe County is the safety of my deputies and serving and protect the citizens of this county through our core values of Respect, Integrity & Professionalism. As an outcome of such, we would like to take time out to reassure our citizens by sharing some common practices that are implemented in our Office. They are designed to ensure fairness and transparency through our service.
• Deputies receive and will continue to receive Implicit bias Policing training.
• Deputies have been outfitted with modern Axon body cameras to record encounters with the public, the cameras automatically activate when the taser or firearm is unholstered, eradicating user error.
• Our policy requires other law enforcement officers to intervene and make a report when they witness unnecessary force being used.
• We follow the Use of Force Continuum and receive training on it each year.
• Deputies are to give a warning before utilizing force when circumstances allow.
• We have established a Use of Force review board.
• Deputies are held to a strict social media usage policy both, on and off duty.
• We continue to actively build community relations.
We continue to train and improve our operations to comply with federal and state law, as well as best practices to assure we serve our citizens to the best of our ability and power.
Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson
Sheriff of Edgecombe County
Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020
The Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce held an awesome Legislative Forum bringing Chief George Robinson, Sheriff Keith Stone Nash County Sheriff Office and Sheriff Cleveland Clee Atkinson Edgecombe County to one location giving the community the opportunity to meet the new Chief and to hear about their partnership. These 3 men have pledged to continue to work together as partners to clean up crime. As Sheriff Stone put it, look at their solvability rate.
I get so sick and tired of folk asking what law enforcement could do better but never talk about what the community can do better. Without the community involvement to help them solve crimes faster, then it makes their jobs harder and stressful because they want to do their job but the community will not share information. If the community would join in on the partnership the better off the Twin Counties would be.
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Sheriff Stone, Chief Robinson, Sheriff Atkinson
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A local law enforcement agency stepped up to help an area high school in serious need of upgraded athletic equipment.
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office donated several pieces of weight room and fitness equipment to SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Sheriff Clee Atkinson said the school received about 12 to 15 pieces of used equipment that is still in great shape. Atkinson was able to gather the equipment from people he has built relationships with from across North Carolina.
Dr. Valerie Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, said the Sheriff’s Office is one of the school district’s most important partners.
“We’re extremely grateful for the donation of fitness equipment for SouthWest High School,” Bridges said. “This will give our students access to state-of-the-art equipment in the weight room. Sheriff Atkinson and his department have been instrumental in our school receiving this amazing gift.”
SouthWest Edgecombe football coach Jonathan Cobb said the last time any new or updated equipment was purchased for the school’s weight room was 31 years ago in memory of a former SouthWest player. (Read more)
Pastor Malcom E. Lewis and the Men of Anderson Chapel MBC Macclesfield NC cordially invite all men and women to come out and celebrate our Annual Men’s Day with us on Sunday August 5, 2018 11:00 AM. Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland (Clee) Atkinson Jr. will bring forth a powerful spiritual message “Men Run & Tell That!” Sheriff Deputy Lynn Powell and The Shades of Harmony will provide the spiritual in songs. Please come out and support the Men of Anderson Chapel and the Sheriff of Edgecombe County. You don’t want to miss this powerful message.
Deacon David Ricks
Bro. Curmilus Dancy II – (252) 314-5484
In this photo: Congressman G.K. Butterfield (L), Sheriff Clee Atkinson (R)
I am proud to call you Sheriff of Edgecombe County because I felt that you were the best candidate for the job.
I get so happy when I see a young person get involved and want to do things to help Edgecombe County but not limited to a better place to live, work and play.
I will support you as long as you keep it about the real thing and that is to protect and serve the citizens of Edgecombe County but not limited to.
I know you will encounter some mess coming from folk who want to tell you what to do, how to do and that is fine as long as it is something that you feel is important but if not then you continue moving forward.
I know there are going to be some folk that you talk to and/or associate with that some folk gonna have some issues with but you need to recognize and understand that you are a grown man and that you know what is right and wrong. You do you and at the end of the day if you make some bad choices then it will be your choice and not what others wanted you to do. I don’t have to tell you to pray about it because everyone knows you are a praying man and for me you ought to be an ordained minister. I have heard you speak several times and you are awesome.
Remember this word accountability. I am going to hold you accountable for your actions. I try to get to know the folk who represent me and I will try to get to know more about you.
So again I say congratulations and I look forward to you doing just what you said you were going to do. During your campaign trail you said, “Help is on the way!” Well the time has come and so now we gone see what you gonna do. I feel good about it so I trust and believe that help is here.
Clee Atkinson was officially appointed and sworn in as Sheriff of Edgecombe County along with his deputies and staff.
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Clee Atkinson Appointed/Sworn In Edgecombe County Sheriff
Sheriff Clee Atkinson Edgecombe County Sworn In With His Deputies And Staff Monday April 3, 2017
Clee Atkinson Officially Appointed Sheriff By The Edgecombe County Commissioners
The Edgecombe County Commissioners will officially appoint Clee Atkinson as the Sheriff of Edgecombe County on Monday April 3, 2017 7:00 PM in the Commissioner’s room on the 2nd floor. Clee was selected to be the new Sheriff by the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee on March 23, 2017 and he will serve the unexpired term of Sheriff James Knight Retired until the 2018 elections. Clee received 127 votes out of a possible 198. Larry Woodley received 33 votes, Sheriff Captain Richard Allen received 19 votes and Sheriff Major Allen Moseley received 14. The room on the night of the appointment was standing room only.
After the Commissioners officially appoint Clee as Sheriff, Clee and his deputies will head over to the Courthouse so that Clee and his deputies will be all officially sworn in.
The appointment and the swearing in is open to the public.