WHO: Chief Alfred Durham, Major Roger Russell, Lt. Jeremy Sayles, Virginia State Police Capt. Steven Chumley, Captain Tim Ring and the FFI Officers
WHAT: Summer Fugitives and Firearms Initiative Press Conference
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2016
WHERE: Richmond Police Second Precinct, 177 E. Belt Blvd.
BACKGROUND: Focused on reducing violent crime by taking illegally-held firearms off the streets, the Summer Fugitives and Firearms Initiative is part of the ongoing partnership between the Richmond Police Department and Virginia State Police to make the city a safer place.
This past summer, officers and troopers working this dedicated assignment recovered nearly 200 illegally possessed firearms while serving more than 300 criminal warrants.
“This FFI initiative truly shows the value of partnerships,” said Major Roger Russell, commander of the Fugitives and Firearms Initiative. “In Richmond we are fortunate to have a community that works with us and communicates their concerns. In response, we have been able to partner with the State Police to better address citizen needs. I would also like to thank the men and women of the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia State Police for their dedication over the past several months in making our communities a safer place."
Chief Durham, Major Russell, Virginia State Police Captain Chumley and Captain Ring, the FFI officers and the officer in charge of this summer’s initiative – Lieutenant Jeremy Sayles – will discuss its impact and some of the stories behind the fugitives and firearms brought in during FFI at Friday’s news conference.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend.