Tuesday, January 5, 2010

City Swears In New Young Adult Police Commissioners

Richmond Police Department is proud to announce the swearing-in of 10 new Young Adult Police Commissioners at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Police Headquarters, 200 W. Grace St.

“I am proud and happy to welcome these new Young Adult Police Commissioners to an already fine group of young people who really care about improving relationships in their communities,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said.

These new commissioners will join the five current members as they unveil their first event as a new commission on Friday, Dec. 11. They will present the Word on the Street Poetry Slam, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

For the past two months, the commission, which is made up of juniors and seniors from several city high schools, has met several times a week and worked to create and distribute fliers, sell tickets and find teen poets to perform.

Chief Norwood created the board at the beginning of the year as a way to build strong relationships with young people in the community. The chief and his Command Staff have been meeting weekly with the students to help them understand how the Department operates and in turn gain a better understanding of young people, their needs and the best ways to relate to them.

The media is encouraged to attend both the swearing-in ceremony and the poetry slam.

Contact: Gene Lepley
Richmond Police Department
Phone 804-646-0607
Fax 804-646-3496