FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Facebook video released over the weekend shows Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock’s final radio transmission before officially retiring from the force.
Medlock sent out his transmission just before 10:30 p.m. Friday and told his officers, “I have completed my final assignment tonight at a community meeting and I am ending my tour of duty with the Fayetteville Police Department. God bless the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department. I pray your protection and His grace. You’re all my heroes.”
Other units on duty then responded thanking Medlock for his nearly four years of service.
As Medlock winds down his tenure, crime is on the rise.
So far there have been 24 murders this year, compared to 15 last year. There have also been 635 assaults compared to 415 the year before.
Medlock said young people who don’t value life is driving the violence. He said that disturbs him most.
He said he is encouraged that charges have been filed in 23 of the 24 murders this year.
A retirement party was held for the chief last week. More than 300 people attended.
Two weeks ago, Anthony Kelly was named the Fayetteville Police Department’s Interim Police Chief after working for the department for 22 years.
As for Medlock’s future, he plans to take it easy.
Medlock said “All I ever wanted to be was a police officer, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and I have been fortunate to find myself now as the police chief in a great city, Fayetteville North Carolina.”