Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Community Walk in Southwood

July 5, 2016

Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                      5:30 p.m. Today, July 5, 2016

WHERE:                    Boys and Girls Club; 1200 Southwood Parkway

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff on a walk at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5 through the Southwood neighborhood. During the walk, officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.

“Although crime is down for the year, over the past 28 days, we have seen an increase in violent crimes including six robberies,” said Sector 212 Lieutenant Michael Phibbs.

Lt. Phibbs said the Southwood residents have several concerns including community and park safety, drinking in public and robberies. He explained robberies have been an issue in this community for more than five years.

“We’re working to develop crime prevention efforts and reduce criminal activity in Southwood,” Lt. Phibbs said. “In May, we launched the Southwood Community Partnership and we are working with local organizations to reduce crime and build trust within the community.”

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

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.