New police chief named in Reidsville

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Reidsville Police Department has a new chief, City Manager Michael Pearce confirmed Tuesday.

Robert A. Hassell

Robert A. Hassell

Robert A. Hassell comes to the department with 18 years of experience, and currently serves as associate vice chancellor of police and public safety at Fayetteville State University.

Hassell, 40, succeeds former police chief Charlie Dennis, becoming the third chief since 2012.

He will begin the new position on Aug. 25, and will take on 60 employees, 50 of whom are sworn officers, and a $4.51 million operating budget.

Hassell will be sworn in as Reidsville’s new Chief of Police at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, at the Reidsville Police Department.

5 comments

  • Doc Bennett

    Advice for the new Chief:
    1) Pull all the crime stats from the last 5 years and show how the crime rate has been going up. No matter the truth, just play with the numbers.

    2) Announce new programs with catchy buzz words like : Community Policing, Bike Cops, Downtown Policing, Neighborhood Policing, etc.

    3) Apply for the latest “Police Certification” program and pay two of three officers to manage it. Yes it will take them off the street but who cares!

    3) After one year announce great reductions in crime. Again it doesn’t matter if it is true. Just play with the numbers, make your officers re-code crimes and calls for service in different ways and pad your resume.

    Your welcome

  • fellow officer

    Hassell looks like he is a job hopper. But I applaud him for being able to get a chief’s job in a city while being at a campus police / security department. But it is literally the best actor in assessment processes; a skill that can be learned. Let’s see how long he stays in this isolated city of conflict. I also question resumes they boast how many statewide, committees someone is on. Who is going to run the police department if the police chief is frequently gone chasing influence outside of the city on statewide boards and committees? Looks like desperate hire to me.

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