ROCKY MOUNT POLICE COLD CASE HOMICIDE TASK FORCE DISMANTLED IN LESS THAN A YEAR

RMPD has 65 unsolved homicides and in March 2018 Interim Chief Willie Williams created a Cold Case Homicide Task Force made up of Retired law enforcement etc.

Today we have learned that the task force is no longer in existence. We helped WNCN with a story on the unsolved homicides and the reporter was advised of same.

RMPD has one full time and one part time retired person working on the cold cases.

THIS IS THE PRESS RELEASE FROM RMPD LAST YEAR

Rocky Mount Police create new focus on solving homicides

Rocky Mount, N.C.-The Rocky Mount Police department is meeting the expectations of Interim Police Chief Willie Williams’ promise to focus full attention on solving homicides. This includes the review of all unsolved cold homicide cases. Two weeks ago, Williams organized a new Rocky Mount Police Department Homicide Squad. The Homicide Squad will continue to work on unsolved homicides committed in 2017.

Today, Williams announces the implementation of the second phase of his initiative, a Cold Case Homicide Task Force utilizing experienced investigators who will work jointly with the new Police Department Homicide Squad. They will summarize the witnesses’ interviews and review evidence collected, processed and tested, as well as DNA evidence.

The Cold Case Homicide Task Force will help to provide a new direction or focus on cases to follow based on these factors: identify additional witnesses who need to be interviewed or re-interviewed; identify changes in technology or laws that enable the identification of a potential suspect through DNA evidence; and identify any individuals involved, including suspects, as well as the criminal histories of persons incarcerated for the same crime or similar crimes since the time the crime has been investigated.

“The mission of the Rocky Mount Police department is to provide the highest level of police service to this community,” said Willie Williams. “With the creation of this Cold Case Homicide Task Force and a restructuring of the Homicide Squad, I believe we are headed in the right direction to solve more current and older cases and to ultimately create a safer Rocky Mount community.”

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