January 26, 2021
Statement from the Town of Rocky Mount, VA

For more information, contact:

C. James Ervin

jervin@rockymountva.org

540-483-7660

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2021

Statement from the Town of Rocky Mount, VA

Rocky Mount, VA. (January 26, 2021) – The Rocky Mount Police Department has terminated
employment for officers Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson effective Tuesday, January 26.
The Town has followed the necessary due processes to conclude our review and notify these
individuals of this decision. We will continue to assist in the federal investigation as called upon.
It is not our policy to publicly discuss the details of personnel matters; however, the very public
nature of this situation does warrant brief comment:

1. We hear those who have communicated their anger and frustration about the actions of
these individuals or our response to those actions. There is no playbook for dealing with
what occurred on January 6. We have treated the process of review seriously from the
beginning and thank those who contributed and in coordinating a response in a quick,
objective and lawful manner.

2. We want to reinforce our commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our
citizens and business, and to upholding the law. Our officers are held to high standards
for how they conduct themselves on and off-duty and we are proud of the dedication and
sacrifice made to keeping our community safe. The process we have gone through
reinforces how seriously we aim to uphold these standards and how important it is to
communicate that the department works in the best interest of everyone’s safety.

The events of the past few weeks have been challenging for our town, as they have been for the
entire nation. The actions by two have driven our beautiful town into the national spotlight in
ways that do not reflect our whole community and the people who call Rocky Mount home. Our
town is a patchwork of people rooted to and connected by their love for this area and that is
where we want to focus moving forward.