Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RPD, VSP Join Forces to Kick Off Summer Initiative

WHO:                         Major Scott Booth
                                    Lt. Don Davenport
                                    Virginia State Police
WHAT:                       Summer Fugitives and Firearms Initiative Kickoff
WHEN:                      4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 2
WHERE:                    Richmond Police Second Precinct, 177 E. Belt Blvd.
BACKGROUND:     Each summer, the Richmond Police Department partners with the Virginia State Police to target two crime influences in the city – fugitives and firearms. Known as the Fugitives and Firearms Initiative – FFI – it is part of the police department’s strategy to reduce violent crime, specifically gun violence, in the city.

                                    This summer, the initiative is ramping up its efforts to find and seize illegal firearms and they’re directly asking for the community’s help to do so.

                                    “We’re not going to stand for the recent violence we've seen in the city and one of the ways we combat that is through this joint operation with Virginia State Police,” Area 1 Major Scott Booth said.
                                    “This time we are asking for the community to really step up and help us find these illegal firearms by calling Crime Stoppers, which is anonymous, at 780-1000 to report them.”

                                    Virginia State Police Richmond Division Commander Capt. Steve Chumley said, “The Virginia State Police is pleased to once again partner with Richmond Police this summer.

“In past years, this important community safety initiative has had a significant impact on removing illegal weapons and violent criminals from the city’s neighborhoods and streets.”

Major Booth, Virginia State Police, Lt. Don Davenport—who’s in charge of this summer’s initiative—will join FFI officers to discuss the kickoff of this initiative and how the public can help at Wednesday’s news conference.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.