Richmond officers commended for response to August gun violence

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Richmond officers commended for response to August gun violence spike
The Bravo Team and assisting patrol officers received commendations for their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Richmond Police Department and to the welfare of the Richmond Community on Oct. 11, 2018. (Photos: RPD)

Richmond police officers were commended today for their response to a spike in gun violence in the city in August.

During the first 11 days that month, officers responded to seven shooting incidents in the Central and Southern districts, two of them murders, police said.

The increased gun violence led to focused enforcement within the affected neighborhoods, police said.

The Bravo Team, led by Sergeant John Lopez, conducted several special operations to target known gang territories, enlisting the assistance of patrol “to conduct surgically focused enforcement,” police said.

Within four days, the Bravo Team arrested 10 felons and confiscated six loaded firearms, including an AR-15 rifle with a 30-round magazine.

“Today, The Bravo Team and assisting patrol officers received commendations for their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Richmond Police Department and to the welfare of the Richmond Community,” according to a statement by RPD. “These officers were also commended for their initiative, professionalism and tenacity to reduce gun violence and improve the safety for the community that we serve.”

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