ROCKINGHAM – Police Chief Billy Kelly received a plaque at Tuesday’s city council meeting for his department’s completion of a public safety risk management review.
The certificate was presented by Matthew Selves, public safety risk management consultant with the NC League of Municipalities.
The exam, according to Selves, assesses 36 categories of departmental policies, operations, procedures and practices, particularly high-risk areas of responsibility, including use of force, employment processes, training and handling of evidence.
Selves said Kelly and the Rockingham Police Department command staff “have made this initiative a priority.”
“The department was very proactive and involved throughout the process… (and) was very open and transparent…” said Selves.
Selves himself has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including more than a decade as chief of the small town of Troutman in Iredell County.
“These officers I have worked with, including the Rockingham Police Department, demonstrate a high level of community commitment… (and adopt policies) to positively impact their communities and relationships. “said Selves.
“It’s always good to have someone from the outside to see what you’re doing, how you’re doing… and make sure we’re doing all we can for our community,” Kelly said.
Following this presentation, city council approved a resolution for the department to accept a $ 25,000 grant from the governor’s road safety program for Kelly’s role as enforcement liaison officer. District Law – which includes Richmond, Anson, Stanly, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Scotland, Montgomery Cumberland Counties.
According to the ministry’s website, Kelly has worked with the GHSP since 2002.
The grant does not require any matching funds from the city and covers Kelly’s travel expenses and the purchase of road safety equipment.
The department received a grant of $ 20,000 in 2019, which Kelly said would be used at the time to purchase on-board laptops for patrollers and update the on-board camera system, in addition to travel costs.
Council also approved a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for Kelly Nelson to operate a new taxi service in town – OK Nellz LLC.
According to city documents, Captain Richard Greene checked Nelson’s criminal and driving history and found no reason to deny his request.
Kelly said Nelson would initially operate the service from her Steele Street home until she could find a building.