Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown,
Community safety is everyone’s duty, not just the responsibility of the police. Richmond gets it. It’s encouraging that in the aftermath of gun trauma that persists in segments of our community that people are stepping up more and more to offer information — on or off the record — that helps investigators piece together evidence that identifies perpetrators, and also guides efforts to disrupt the lethal actions of a relative few active, serial shooters.
After ending the year in 2014, with record low crime statistics, we saw crime creep up during 2015. It’s encouraging that, year to date, for every month of 2016 crimes have been down between 7-percent and 12-percent.
We are very concerned that the tragic exception has been the shootings and gun murders (criminal homicide) that have taken place with increasing regularity. Addressing the persistence of these serious violent crimes, as well as offenders who perpetrate them, are the top priority of the RPD.
These are complicated matters with layers of complexity — and many instances, deep roots of history. Our approach is multi-faceted, and relies heavily on the combined efforts of many — starting with community. We will adapt our policing scheme to meet the challenges of our changing environment. our crime accountability model follows four basic principles:
- Know what’s happening
- Have a plan.
- Do it quickly.
- If it works, do it more. If not, do something else.
Group violence intervention efforts
There’s good criminal intelligence on recent shooting incidents around Richmond. Strong leads are being actively pursued on murder cases. Our internal experts — homicide detectives, beat officers and Special Investigations detectives — are working collaboratively and sharing information to put pressure on active, repeat gun offenders, partnering with contiguous justice agencies, Ceasefire partners and others to silence the violence.
If you see, hear or know something, please say something. We are better served when we own the environments where we live, work and play. Always report suspicious activity to police (510) 233-1214. Connect to your neighborhood council or neighborhood watch and learn how you can be an active crime prevention partner. you can also connect through Crime Prevention Manager Michelle Milam, firstname.lastname@example.org.