FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR

CHIEF RYLAND E. MATTHEWS, JR.

Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 26 at Temple Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 1:30 pm prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Newport, NC.

Online condolences may be made at www.cottenfuneralhome.com

 

River Bend Police Officer Profiles

  • Chief Matthews

    Chief Ryland Matthews joined the River Bend Police Department in 2012. A native of Mississippi, Chief Matthews served in the US Marines Corps from 1987 to 1998. He obtained his BS in Management in 1994 while still on active duty. Chief Matthews attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) in 1987 and worked as a reserve officer with the Bridgeton Police Department. He joined the New Bern Police Department in March of 1998. During that time he held the following positions:

    • Patrol Officer
    • Shfit Evidence - Forensic Technician
    • Shift DWI Enforcement Officer
    • Traffic Unit
    • Department Honor Guard
    • Crash Reconstructionist
    • Promoted to Lieutenant in 2006
    • District 1 Commander
    • Completed a 240-hour course in Police Management from the IACP
    • Completed the following levels in the National Incident Management System  100, 200, 300, 700, 800
    • Performed the task as Incident Commander for Events, Weather and Criminal Investigations
    • The Departments Law Enforcement coordinator for the year long 300th celebration and Incident Commander
    • Reinstituted the National Night Out program in the City of New Bern 2007
    • While at River Bend he has been teaching Martial Arts since October 2012 and teaches Ladies Self Defense classes through the Parks and Recreation Department
    • Has been teaching Martial Arts since October 2012
    • Teaches Ladies Self Defense classes through the Parks and Recreation Department

    Chief Matthews holds a certificate from NC Training and Standards in Traffic Enforcement and Investigation (600 hours) Homicide Investigation, Fraud Investigation, Community Policing and his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.

    Personal Awards:

    • Life Saving
    • Distinguished Service
    • Meritorious Conduct
    • Department Award of Excellence,
    • Civic Involvement
    • Accident Reconstruction,
    • Advance Law Enforcement Certificate

     

     

  • Acting Police Chief Joll

    Acting Chief Joll is a Florida native, but considers North Carolina his home, having graduated from West Craven High School. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State and also is an Eagle Scout. Chief Joll worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department from 2004-2007 and then joined the New Bern Police Department in 2007.  While at the New Bern Police Department, he served as a Field Training Officer, Police Bicycle Officer, Street Level Narcotics Detective and Special Response Team (SWAT) operator and patrol officer. In the summer of 2012, Chief Joll joined the River Bend Police Department. He currently is working as the Vice-Narcotics-Intelligence and police sergeant.

    He is instructor certified as a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Tazer instructor.

    He attended courses that cover:

    • Basic Homicide Investigator,
    • Police Law Institute
    • Radar and Intoxilyzer Operator and
    • Holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.
    • Chiefs Award for Excellence
    • Department Meritorious Service Medal
    • Department Award for Excellence
    • Certificate of Commendation
    • Certificate of Merit
  • Officer Detwiler

    A Pennsylvania native, Officer Jason Detwiler joined the US Marines in 2002 working in aviation until 2007, leaving with the rank of Sergeant. He worked in NC Department of Corrections for a year, and then joined the New Bern Police in 2008 until leaving for a job with the River Bend Police Department. Officer Detwiler is certified in Radar, Intoxilyzer, SFST, Drug Enforcement for Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Police Bicycle Officer, Basic and Advanced Accident Investigator, Basic Homicide Investigator, Street Level Narcotics Detective and Special Response Team (SWAT) operator and patrol officer. Officer Detwiler currently is working as the Department’s traffic investigator and enforcement officer.

    Officer Detwiler has received the following awards:

    • Purple Heart
    • Chiefs Award for Excellence
    • Department of Meritorious Service Medal
    • Department Award for Excellence
    • Certificate of Commendation
    • Certificate of Merit
  • Officer Rohrs

     

    Officer Brandon Rohrs has over 4 years' of experience working at both Belhaven and Clinton Police Departments. His specialty is in crime prevention and community outreach as well as investigations and traffic. He was the Clinton Police Officer of the Year for 2012 and received the Belhaven Police Eagle Eye Award as well as numerous citations for outstanding work, and those are just some of his accomplishments. Officer Rohrs holds a General Law Enforcement Certification and has been working on his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Officer Rohrs is a certified Radar and Intoxillyzer Operator and has completed Basic Homicide school. He joined the Department in July of 2014. He graduated from BLET in Kinston in 2008. Officer Rohrs hopes to bring many different aspects of his experience and training to River Bend, including community policing, narcotics investigations, and general investigations.

    Officer Rohrs has received the following awards:

    • Officer of the Year (2012)
    • Meritorious Conduct Medal
    • Chiefs Award for Excellence
    • Department Meritorious Service Medal
  • Officer McKee

    Officer Lauren "Nikki" McKee is a native of Plant City, Florida. She completed her Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree  in Criminology. Officer McKee attended BLET at Carteret Community College. She was employed as a Police Officer with the Pine Knoll Shores Police Department from 2014 until May of 2016 when joined the River Bend Police Department. Officer McKee is certified in Radar, Intoxilyzer, SFSTs, and CIT.

  • Detective Smith

    Officer Eric Smith comes to us as a Reserve Officer after 30 years with the State Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, and he worked for the Craven County District Attorney as an investigator. This Vietnam Veteran Marine Captain holds a BS degree, Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and Advanced Homicide Investigator Certification. He  has been  working as a Criminal Investigator for the River Bend Police Department since 2012. He performs the background investigations of new officers who are hired and oversees all the Major Crimes Investigation. Detective Smith is a huge addition to the agency.

  • Officer Heckman

    Officer Laura Heckman was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and has a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Mount Olive. She began her law enforcement career in 1999 after graduating BLET at Carteret Community College. She has worked with Atlantic Beach Police Department, New Bern Police Department, and now River Bend Police as a part-time Detective. In her seventeen years as a full-time Officer, she received specialized training in interview and interrogations, crime scene investigations, police law institute, death/suicide investigations, juvenile and special populations, elder abuse, white collar crime, and community policing. She was a senior field training officer, evidence technician, completed two stints on specialized units designed to target high crime areas, two years as a patrol investigator, and six years as a major case detective.

    Officer Heckman was awarded six Chief Unit citations, numerous awards of commendations, two meritorious service awards, and one award of excellence.

    She will begin her masters in Psychology in the fall. She retired from full time law enforcement in June of 2016 to start her own business, Pet Staycation, keeping animals for clients who leave on vacation or need assistance with walking their dogs daily.

    She is pleased to join the River Bend Police Department and looks forward to serving the community.

 

River Bend Police Department

The River Bend Police Department provides 24-hour coverage,seven days a week to provide timely response to emergency calls and proactive policing designed to keep our community safe.

Our relatively small staff provides the same level of service as larger departments including traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, bike patrol, and town ordinance enforcement. We also take part in joint enforcement efforts with other agencies in our area by participating in a three county drug task force and a county wide Governor’s Highway Safety Program task force.

The Police also offer a vacant house check service and are proactive in maintaining a presence in our business district. Click on the links to the left for more information.

The work of the Police professionals is supplemented by the hardworking volunteers of the River Bend Community Watch. For more information, or to join this group, you can contact Chief Matthews. River Bend also has a functional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). For more information about this group, you can contact the CERT liaison, Officer Rohrs and/or click the link below.

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