Monday, April 13, 2015

RPD Community Walk in Gilpin Court

April 10, 2015

WHAT:                       RPD Community Walk

WHEN:                      5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015

WHERE:                    1100 St. John Street, Gilpin Court

BACKGROUND:     RPD Colonel Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other officers on a Community Walk tomorrow afternoon through Gilpin Court. This will be Col. Durham’s first chance to meet residents of this community face-to-face since being appointed chief.

The event will kick off the Gilpin Court Violent Crime Reduction Initiative, which runs from April 15 to May 30. During that time, the RPD will focus on enforcement, visibility, outreach, and area improvement with the goal of reducing violent crime. This initiative is in response to a focus point from Chief Durham’s 100 Day Plan.

According to Sector 411 commander Lt. Lewis Mills, Gilpin Court has traditionally been prone to violent crime, but he is encouraged by what he’s seen in 2015. “So far this year, violent crime is down fifty percent in Gilpin Court.” said Lt. Mills. “The Community Walk will help me capitalize on this momentum as we head into summer.”

The officers will be joined by members of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and other civic leaders.

This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted on a monthly basis by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.