The Richmond Police unveiled a new Park Ranger program last week aimed at enhancing safety and maintenance along the city’s Greenway and Bay Trail.
Four part-time rangers have been hired and provided with more than 200 hours of training — including CPR. The height of their presence will be during after-school hours and weekends, with a focus on the safety of local residents as well as park upkeep.
While not an official “police presence,” the rangers have been provided with radios to stay in contact with local officers, as well as pepper spray for their own protection. All-terrain vehicles will help them cover more ground as they monitor and keep a watchful eye on local parks and green spaces.
The new effort is part of the City of Richmond’s community policing program.