RMPD Demonstrates Dedication to the Community

For the Rocky Mount Police Department, their role in the community extends far beyond “to serve and protect.” 

The RMPD showcased its dedication to area citizens through several projects geared to help local residents. This included backpack and school supply giveaways, the National Night Out celebration, and donating supplies to the Covenant House. 

Backpack Giveaway 

The Rocky Mount Police Department realized the importance of ensuring our local students had the best possible start in the school year. As a result, they organized several Back to School Drive-Thru Giveaways for those in kindergarten through fifth grade.  

At the event, students were given a pack full of needed school supplies including notebooks, pens/pencils and other important items. 

Attendees also registered for a chance to win a laptop, tablets, Bluetooth speakers and gift cards. 

The giveaways were a part of the department’s Night Out Against Crime. 

The Night Out Against Crime 

This year’s celebration took a different turn in response to the coronavirus—police wore protective masks and worked diligently to ensure the safety of everyone who participated. This falls in line with the city’s extensive COVID-19 preparedness.

The National Night Out Against Crime is an annual tradition in Rocky Mount. It’s a campaign that promotes police-community cooperation. As a result, neighborhoods become safer and more caring. It fosters a sense of community and brings neighbors together.  

While the traditional cookouts and youth events had to be adjusted this year due to the coronavirus,  the Police Department was still able to use it as an event to promote awareness and give away backpacks filled with school supplies. 

Rocky Mount is one of 224 cities in North Carolina that participates in the annual event.  

The first National Night Out Against Crime was held in August 1984 through organizations and volunteers across the country. That debut celebration involved 2.5 million people in 400 communities across 23 states.  

Covenant House and Reaching Out to Neighborhoods 

The city police also gave needed supplies to Covenant House, an affordable senior living facility in Rocky Mount. The police also went door to door throughout various neighborhoods providing vital items to those who were in need. 

The Rocky Mount Police Department: Involved in the Community 

Fighting crime and keeping the city safe are only a part of the role of the police in our community. They also offer a wide range of community programs that engage citizens. The Rocky Mount Review has explored many of these offerings in detail in our earlier articles. 

Following are just a few of these great opportunities for citizens: 


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