Dozens of uniformed Richmond police officers stood in formation in the middle of Civic Center Plaza Thursday afternoon for the department’s first inspection ceremony since 1955.
Chief Allwyn Brown told the Richmond Standard he revived the tradition in part to honor National Police Week, but more so to remind Richmond police officers and the public about the higher calling of law enforcement.
An inspection in the middle of Civic Center plaza began at 3 p.m. and had Brown standing before each officer to ensure their “readiness” for their duties.
Inspection examined “compliance to organizational standards for appearance, job-readiness, and by extension, operational readiness to answer the call to duty,” police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said.
“This is an opportunity for us to show our willingness to perform the duties associated our positions,” Tan explained. “Readiness is integral to every facet of emergency response organizations.”
After the inspection, a tribute was made to the 10 total Richmond police officers who lost their lives while performing their duties.
And then the ceremony moved into Richmond City Council Chambers for awards recognizing RPD members who have recently gone above and beyond the call of duty. Two other officers were also promoted.
“It’s purposeful that we’ve chosen Police Week – which occurs every year during the week of May 15 – for this convening,” Tan said. “May 15 is the date designated as ‘National Police Memorial Day’ by proclamation of President john F. Kennedy, in 1962.”