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Officers, dispatchers cited for achievements, performance

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From left, Hasty, Moseley, McElwee and Lee. From left, Hasty, Moseley, McElwee and Lee.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty honored officers and dispatchers during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

He first awarded Officer Joey Spragins with his advanced law enforcement certificate.

The achievement, Hasty said, represents a culmination of education and training points as well as years of full-time law enforcement experience. “This program is a method by which dedicated officers may receive recognition for education, professional training and on-the-job experience.”

Hasty then recognized Officer Daniel Hundley for outstanding job performance.

The honor was bestowed based on assistance Hundley provided the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office in the aftermath of a May 5 armed robbery of a convenience store at Interstate 95 and Highway 46.

Hundley located the suspect vehicle and with assistance from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Weldon Police Department, Northampton Captain Patrick Jacobs determined the people in the vehicle were the alleged suspects in the heist. “It’s a great service when we are able to quickly respond to calls and work close with other neighboring county agencies to bring individuals responsible for crimes to justice and make citizens feel safer throughout Northampton County,” Sheriff Jack Smith said in a statement on the matter.

In the final presentation of the evening, Hasty honored Sergeant Mike Moseley and Halifax County Central dispatchers Jacyln McElwee and Salaurie Lee for outstanding job performance.

The honor is tied to Moseley, with help of dispatchers, recognizing what ended up as a fake 911 call concerning a shooting.

The fake call, the police departments believes, was an attempt to divert officers from a robbery at the BP convenience store near the interstate.

“Sergeant Moseley had a gut feeling about the shooting call being fake and he advised staff to start checking convenience stores in case the call was a diversion tactic for police to go somewhere else. Dispatchers began checking the origin of the call which led the officers to catching suspects in the attempt to commit a robbery,” Hasty said.

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