Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RPD, VSP Join Forces to Kick Off Summer Initiative

June 2, 2015

WHO:                         Major Michael Shamus
                                   Lt. Don Davenport
                                   Virginia State Police
WHAT:                       Summer Fugitives and Firearms Initiative Kickoff

WHEN:                      5 p.m., Wednesday, June 3

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.

“Our goal is to eradicate gun violence throughout the city. With this joint operation with Virginia State Police we will target illegal firearms, violent offenders and fugitives,” Area 2 Major Michael Shamus said.

“The officers in FFI will be engaging with the community throughout the Initiative to foster even more growth in our relationship with the citizens. The public plays an important role in this process. We encourage anyone with knowledge of illegal firearms to call Richmond Police at (804) 646-5100 or Crime Stoppers, which is anonymous, at 780-1000.”

Virginia State Police Richmond Division Commander Capt. Steve Chumley, Major Shamus and Lt. Don Davenport - who’s in charge of this summer’s initiative - will join FFI officers to discuss the kickoff of this operation and how the public can help at Wednesday’s news conference.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.