Forest City Police Department

  • Agency: Forest City Police Department
  • Address: 187 S Church St, Forest City, 28043 NC
  • Chief: Jay Jackson (Chief of Police)
Phone: 828-245-5555
Fax: (828) 248-5206

Forest City Police Department is located at 187 S Church St, Forest City, 28043 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is Jay Jackson. The Forest City Police Department phone number is 828-245-5555.

Forest City Police Department News

Those traveling through town on Main St this morning may experience minor traffic delays due to town crews hanging Christmas lights.

FCPD staff awarded Region C Law Enforcement Citations. Officer Joey Brandle, Sgt. Brad Moore and Officer Tim Kimbrell (pictured in order above) were recently awarded Region C Law Enforcement Citations for their actions related to a drug investigation from July 28, 2018. In the incident, a citizen contact by officers resulted in two arrests where the subjects were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon. The investigation resulted in the seizure of 141.9 grams of methamphetamine, 91.7 grams of marijuana, Ruger 357 revolver, SCCY 9mm semiautomatic pistol, $3,006.83 US currency and drug paraphernalia. Congratulations to each of you.

It was great to host our visitors from Trinity Christian School this morning.

The holidays are right around the corner. Now's the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet before house guests arrive. But don't throw those old meds in the trash or flush them. Bring them to Operation Medicine Drop for full peace of mind that they won't fall into the wrong hands. Securely dispose of your expired or unneeded medications this Friday, October 26th. We strongly encourage anyone with leftover prescription painkillers (opioids) and other potentially addictive medications to take advantage of Operation Medicine Drop. United Way is excited to work with our partners for a safer and healthier community. At United Way, we care...because we live here too.

We enjoyed our time today with our RCS students during their Connect Tour.

Update: Arrest made and vehicle recovered in larceny of motor vehicle case from Walmart On October 11, 2018, 12:33 pm, officers were called to investigate a larceny of motor vehicle incident at Walmart, 197 Plaza Drive, Forest City, NC. With assistance of Walmart staff, officers were able to obtain photographs of the suspects, which was disseminated to the public. Both suspects have been identified in this matter. Franklin Joshua Abernathy, age 29, of 80 Hwy 9 South, Mill Spring, NC was located by Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Abernathy was arrested and transported to Forest City Police Department where he was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Abernathy received a $15,000 secured bond and was placed in the custody of the Rutherford County Jail. The second suspect is a juvenile and officers will be seeking a juvenile petition for his involvement in the matter. Late yesterday afternoon, the stolen vehicle, a 2013 Honda Civic, was located abandoned in Polk County by the sheriff’s office and returned to the victim. We would like to thank those who called in and messaged Forest City Police Department with information in this matter. We would like to also thank the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

Update: The repairs has been completed and power has been restored. Original message: Repairs should be completed within the hour.

Congratulations to Officer Nick Stone who had his formal swearing in ceremony this afternoon during the Forest City Council Meeting. Officer Stone is a graduate of East Rutherford High School, Western Carolina University and he attended BLET at Cleveland Community College. Before coming to FCPD, Officer Stone worked for NC Probation and Parole in Cleveland County, as a Deputy at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and an Officer with Gastonia Police Department. Welcome to Forest City Police Department.

Update 2: Power has been restored in the east end power outage as of 1:30 pm. Update: The Electric Department has located trees across the lines at Fairview Street in Forest City that appears to be issue causing the power outage. They are working to fix the issue. Original message: We are aware of some electric customers on the east end of Town to be experiencing an outage. The Town's Electric Department has been notified and they are working to address the issue.

We would like to welcome Officer Nick Stone to FCPD. Officer Stone was sworn in this morning by Forest City Town Clerk Emily Sain. He came to us after serving as a Probation Officer in Cleveland County, a Deputy at Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and an Officer with Gastonia Police Department. Officer Stone is scheduled to have his formal swearing in on September 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm during the regularly scheduled Forest City Council meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Thank you to our friends at Brookdale of Forest City for the goodies for our officers.

Annual 911 Memorial Service #neverforget

The public is invited to attend a 911 memorial service at Forest City Fire & Rescue tomorrow morning beginning at 8:30 am. The attached article is complements of The Daily Courier.

Please join us in congratulating Lt. Brad Huckabee on receiving his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. The Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate is the highest level of professional certification issued by the North Carolina Department of Justice to police officers. The Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate is awarded to officers who have completed the required years of service, professional training and continuing education. In a letter by Director Stephen G Combs to Lt. Huckabee, Comb’s wrote “May I be the first to offer you congratulations on the attainment of the most significant award. Your dedication to your chosen profession is evidenced in the fact that you are one of a very select group of officers to receive this honor.” Chief Jackson commented, “I would like to congratulate Lt. Huckabee on his continued career development. It was definitely and honor to present him with his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. We are very fortunate to have him at Forest City Police Department.”

The administrative offices at FCPD will be closed today in observance of Labor Day Holiday. If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. Should you need to speak to an officer, please call Rutherford County Central Communication at (828) 286-2911 and an officer will be dispatched to assist you.

Press Release: FCPD patrol officers make overnight trafficking of heroin arrest.

A great reminder from our friends at Rutherfordton Police Department and the NC Department of Transportation.

Congratulations to SPO Aaron Boyd on receiving his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate from the NC Department of Justice Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Lt. Jacob Hoyle presented Officer Boyd with his certificate yesterday at FCPD. Please join us on congratulating him on his continued career development.

FCPD makes arrest for heroin possession and child endangerment. On August 17, at 8:29 pm, officers were dispatched the the parking lot of Wal-Mart to conduct a welfare check of an infant screaming from a vehicle. The officers located the screaming infant in the back seat of a vehicle occupied by the infants father Justin Michael Castle. Castle was unresponsive and hunched forward in the passenger seat. Officers located a syringe in Castle’s lap and another syringe with a brown colored liquid to in the passenger side door. Officers determined Castle’s condition to be brought on by an overdoes and administered Naloxone. Castle became conscious after the single does of Naloxone. Castle refused additional treatment by EMS and reported to officers the syringe contained Heroin and he wanted to get high just one more time. Castle was arrested and charged with possession of Heroin and child endangerment. Castle received a $10,000 unsecured bond. Officers notified Rutherford County DSS of the incident and the case is ongoing. The infants mother was determined to be shopping in Wal-Mart during the incident. Chief Jackson commented, “The details in this incident are very disturbing. Cases such as this demonstrates the extreme dangers someone will put an infant in while in pursuit of their next high. The case is still ongoing and we will be working with Rutherford County DSS and the DA’s office to determine if additional charges are to be filed in this incident."

Update: Owners have been located and Nunuk has been returned to his family. Thank you to everyone who helped spread with word for us. Cancel below earlier request. Original message: FCPD is attempting to locate the owners of a dog found at 7:00 am this morning in the 100 block of Mountain View Street in Forest City, NC. The dog has a brown harness around its neck and shoulders. Anyone knowing the possible identity of the owners are asked to call Rutherford County Central Communications so we can return the dog to its home.

FCPD makes DWI arrest of driver who failed to obey traffic directions at accident scene. On August 17, 2018, at 5:08 pm, Neil Waldron was arrested for DWI and open container of an alcoholic beverage after failing to obey traffic directions of officers who were directing traffic at a vehicle accident with injuries. Waldron’s BAC level was .22 on the Intox-EC/IR II. Waldron was charged with DWI and driving with an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was given a 1,500 unsecured bond. Chief Jackson commented, "Anytime a impaired driver gets behind the wheel, he or she puts all of us at risk! Based upon Waldron’s level of impairment nearly being 3 times the legal limit and of him failing to follow officers directions while driving through an accident scene, we are very fortunate that no one was hurt from those involved in the earlier accident to the number of public safety personnel tasked with performing emergency services."

Forest City Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Detective Sergeant Tommy Turner who will be retiring on September 1, 2018 with 30 years of service with the Town of Forest City and the Forest City Police Department. Yesterday was Sgt. Turner’s last official day on the job and our staff held a retirement celebration for him at Don Ramon’s Restaurant in Forest City. Although Sgt. Turner served Forest City Police Department in many different capacities over the years, a vast majority of his career was spent as a Detective Sergeant. He most recently served our Investigations Division as our Evidence Technician and Crime Scene Investigator. Chief Jackson commented, “Sgt. Turner will be definitely missed by our department and community. As an investigator, he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to every case. I have always known Tommy to be an investigator who’s ultimate goal was finding justice for the victims of his cases in the pursuit of the truth. I wish him all the best in retirement.”

The first round of students returning to school in Forest City started today with TJCA Grammar School. Those traveling on S. Broadway and/or near the school should use caution. Peak times of congestion are from 7:40 am to 8:10 am and 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm. With the return of Forest Hunt Elementary on August 27, those traveling along South Broadway street should expect additional traffic congestion and times of traffic congestion. By using good school safety practices and exercising a little extra care and caution, we can all do our part in making sure our students have a great school year.