Detective Captain George Gillenwater Named New Police Chief
The City of Rockingham has named Detective Captain Gillenwater as Chief of Police after Chief William Kelly's retirement. Captain Gillenwater became Chief of Police on November 17, 2021 upon Chief Kelly's retirement. Captin Gillenwater began at the Rockingham Police Department in 2006 as a patrol officer, worked for the Department of Revenue from 2014-2016, before returning to Rockingham Police Department. He was promoted to Lieutenant in May 2017 and recently promoted to Captain in April 2021, where he is in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division.
We look forward to working with Chief Gillenwater and a continued great leadership.
"The Mission of the Rockingham Police Department is to enforce the laws and ordinances of the State of North Carolina and the City of Rockingham. By providing quality law enforcement we safeguard lives, enhance community safety, protect property and reduce the impact and fear of crime. Our officers seek and preserve public confidence by impartial observance of the law and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."
The Police Department serves a population of approximately 10,000 citizens in Richmond County. The department has three main divisions: Patrol, Detectives and Administrative Services.
There are 36 sworn officers and two full-time administrative assistants. The Detective Division consists of six investigators, two assigned to Narcotics, three to Major Crimes, and one assigned to work in investigating domestic violence offenses. The Police Department also has three special taskforce teams, including a Traffic Enforcement team, SWAT team and a K-9 team.
If you are interested in finding out more about employment opportunities with the City Of Rockingham Police Department, please visit the employment opportunities page.
Chief Billy Kelly has announced his retirement effective December 1, 2021. Chief Kelly started with the Rockingham Police Department as a patrol officer trainee in November of 1992 and was named Chief in April of 2012. We wish Chief Kelly a happy retirement and thank him for his great leadership.
Chief Kelly; Officer Hooks; Major Grant
The Medal of Valor Awarded
Officer Hooks was presented the Medal of Valor at the Rockingham City Council Meeting on October 13, 2020. This award was in recognition of his courageous response and outstanding composure in de-escalating and disarming an armed individual earlier this year. This award is the Department's highest medal of recognition for service and one that has been rarely awarded. As a Department we are honored to be able to present this award to him and proud of his service to our community.
ROCKINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATES WITH
RICHMOND COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
ON FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019, THE ROCKINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATED DISPATCH COMMUNICATIONS WITH OUR 911 CENTER. ALL CALLS ARE NOW DISPATCHED THROUGH THE RICHMOND COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER. THIS INCLUDES ALL EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY CALLS.
THE 911 DISPATCH CENTER ANSWERS ALL EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY CALLS FOR SERVICE 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR AND DISPATCHES THE APPROPRIATE HELP. THEY ARE ABLE TO COORDINATE POLICE, FIRE AND EMS FROM ONE AGENCY.
OUR OFFICE HOURS ARE MONDAY - FRIDAY 9 A.M UNTIL 5 P.M. AND CLOSED FOR OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS. WE HAVE TWO FULL-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS HERE TO ASSIST YOU DURING THOSE TIMES FOR REPORTS, ETC. IN ORDER TO REACH THE ADMIN ASSISTANTS OR TO SPEAK WITH OFFICER ABOUT A CASE BY PHONE PLEASE CALL (910)-895-2468.
AT 5 P.M. OUR PHONE LINES TRANSFER OVER TO THE 911 CENTER AND YOU NO LONGER ABLE TO SPEAK WITH ANYONE DIRECTLY AT THE ROCKINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF YOU NEED TO CALL FOR OFFICER ASSISTANCE PLEASE DIAL 911 AT ALL TIMES.
IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER AREA, ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER AND NEED TO SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, PLEASE CALL 910-997-5081 FOR THE 911 CENTER.
MONDAY - FRIDAY 9 AM-5 PM CALL (910) 895-2468
FOR DISPATCH CALL 911 or NON EMERGENCY CALL (910) 997-8355
Rockingham Police Dept has a drop off box in lobby for unused meds
It is extremely important to dispose of unneeded medications safely.
In addition to keeping these substances out of our water supply, safe disposal of unneeded medication helps to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them.
The Rockingham Police Dept provides a medicine drop box in our lobby to dispose of unused medications.
If you are a victim of a scam or need information
on scams reported in our area
please visit our Scam Alerts page for more information.
Rockingham Police Department
311 E. Franklin Street
Rockingham, NC 28379
Administrative: (910) 895-2468
Fax: (910) 895-0899
For Dispatch Call 911
Richmond County's new service titled Code Red which
notifies citizens via telephone if there is an emergency
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