The Richmond Police Department has established a new waiting room at its headquarters aimed at making the experience more comfortable for children and families.
The new space, called the Duane Chapman Retreat Area, is equipped with books, toys, snacks and a welcoming atmosphere, police said. The space’s aim is to reduce trauma for children and families visiting the police department by making them more comfortable as they wait.
Chapman was a beloved and dedicated local police volunteer who focused much his time and attention addressing issues surrounding homelessness, human rights, mental health and foster care youth. He was also founder of Richmond Rainbow Pride, an LGBTIQQ advocacy group.
“Duane was concerned with the mental health of the staff and the community and would often say, ‘Sit down for a second, and take a breath!,’ the Police Department stated online. “Duane passed away several years ago but his memory lives on. Thank you, Duane. We will always have this reminder of your service!”
Here are photos of the Duane Chapman Retreat Area, courtesy of RPD: