Richmond public safety task force to launch ‘Community Conversation’ series

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By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond’s Reimagining Public Safety Community Task Force is hosting the first of a series of “Community Conversations” with residents Wed., Oct. 20 from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom. The focus of the first conversation will be YouthWorks, according to info provided by Stephanie Ny, associate administrative analyst at the City of Richmond.

The Reimagining Public Safety Community Task Force is a 21-member group formed by City Council last summer to make recommendations on a future model of policing in Richmond that incorporates Council’s redirection of $3 million in funding from the Richmond Police Department in order to fund other city and nonprofit services, such as the YouthWORKS employment program, Office of Neighborhood Safety, community crisis response and programs addressing homelessness.

The “Community Conversations” events aim to update local residents on the status of implementation of new programs approved by the City Council as recommended by the Task Force, which includes “members of the public, including community organizations, individuals who were impacted by law enforcement, and law enforcement,” the city said.

Oher upcoming Community Conversations that will be held include: Unhoused Interventions (Nov. 17); Community Crisis Response Team (Dec. 15); and Office of Neighborhood Safety (Jan. 19).

To join Wednesday’s Zoom conversation, click here and use the passcode TASKFORCE. One tap mobile is another option to access the webinar at: US: +13462487799 or +17207072699, as is phone: Dial US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592. The webinar ID is 868 4499 5369.