Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Community Walk in the Southwood Neighborhood

July 5, 2017

WHAT:                   Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                   5:30 p.m. Today, July 5, 2017

                 1200 Southwood Parkway

BACKGROUND:     Mayor Levar Stoney
and Richmond Police Department officers will at 5:30 p.m. today walk through Richmond’s Southwood neighborhood. During the walk, the mayor and RPD officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.

Sector 212 Lt. Michael Phibbs
said it has been difficult to establish trust in this neighborhood, which is primarily Latino. Many are immigrants who fear the police in their own home countries therefore there is some crime that goes unreported.

“Over the past year, the Richmond Police Department collaborated with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and community leaders to reduce crime and improve community relations in this neighborhood.” Lt. Phibbs said. “This community walk is an opportunity for members of the department to speak to residents and assess the success of the program.

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.