Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Richmond Police Awards Honor Best in Department, Community

From saving lives to shutting down an illegal gambling operation to reducing crime in areas across the city – the Richmond Police Department honors and recognizes its best each quarter for their work to foster its community policing efforts.

The work for the third quarter of 2010 will be recognized in an awards ceremony 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The event is open to the public.

But the recognition only begins within the Department. Officers also take the time to nominate individuals and organizations in the community who support the work of Richmond Police.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cynthia Micklem was a key player in stopping the illegal gambling operation in a Southside residence. She worked with detectives and officers in the sector to put an end to this crime, which had contributed to other crimes such as robbery.

The Ampthill Heights Civic Association takes community policing to heart. As stakeholders in the Second Precinct neighborhood, they have taken an active role in support of their sector lieutenant and officers, resulting in a reduction in crime along Walmsley Boulevard, which borders their community.

“It’s these partnerships – that aspect of bringing the community into community policing – that’s making a difference in our city,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “We want to recognize and thank these partners and also our officers on the streets every day who work to go above and beyond their required duties and give their best back to the residents of Richmond.”