Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fugitives, Firearms Initiative Keeps Crime Down in City

Richmond Police Fugitives and Firearms Initiative Results

10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 N. 22nd St.

Every summer, the Richmond Police Department targets two crime influences in the city – fugitives and firearms. Known as the Fugitives and Firearms Initiative – FFI – it usually results in a reduction in crime for the area. This year has proven no different.

Since FFI’s start in mid-June through its end date of July 29, the city has seen reductions in violent crimes citywide compared to the same period in 2010, with homicides and individual robberies leading the decline.

“Each year FFI ensures persons wanted for crimes in the city and illegal guns are taken off the streets,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “I want to thank the officers who participated in FFI and for making the city a safer place.”

The officers and officer in charge of this year’s FFI – Lt. Emmett Williams – will discuss its impact and some of the stories behind the fugitives and firearms brought in during the initiative at Thursday’s news conference.