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The Richmond Police Department has just completed an analysis of data collected over several years by officers that document their interaction with members of the general public; specifically Field Interview Reports (FIRs) and traffic stops which shows a balanced approach to the process.

“What we found when we mapped the data was encouraging because it showed our officers are focusing on areas of the city where crime is occurring,” said Chief William C. Smith. “We hear time again from people living in high-crime areas that they appreciate the attention. Their principle complaint is that they don’t see the officers enough.”

The study looked at thousands of FIRs and traffic stops conducted over several years. It took several months to re-program the Department’s Records Management System (RMS) so reliable data could be collected.

“Luckily, we are in the process of installing a new system that will be much easier to use and be more in tune with our philosophy of community policing – focusing on officer-citizen interactions,” said Chief Smith. “It will take the rest of the year to bring it fully on-line, but the good news is it will have a “public portal” to allow anyone to access and analyze unclassified data.”

Chief Smith plans to create focus-groups of interested citizens to determine how best to create the “public portal.” Meanwhile, the most recent data collected will be added to the Department’s webpage.

“A careful analysis of the data will show that our officers are targeting criminal activity and criminal behavior in areas of the city where crime most often occurs,” said Chief Smith. “What they will not find is any indication that our officers are targeting neighborhoods or individuals based on race or ethnicity.”


Crime in Richmond - By the Numbers

Citywide Weekly Crime Stats/YTD -- Click to view
Nov. 4 - 10, 2019 & Year to Date

YTD IAD/UOF stats -- Click to view
View Internal Affairs Complaints

IAD Complaints will be posted the first of each month by 9 AM (Unless it is a City Holiday).

RAIDS Online Crime Mapping Website
RAIDS Online Daily Crime Reports



2019 VCU Health Richmond Marathon Closures and Parking Restrictions

The 2019 VCU Health Richmond Marathon is just days away! Thousands of runners will take to city streets on Saturday, Nov. 16. There will be numerous “No Parking” zones and street closures will be in effect as a result.

The Richmond Police Department is asking motorists to be patient and on the lookout for runners along the routes.

Please be aware of signs restricting parking and detours throughout the city starting at 8 a.m. Friday Nov. 15 and continuing through 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10.

VCU 2019 8K Course Map VCU 2019 HalfnMarathon Course Map VCU 2019 Marathon Course Map


Places of Worship Safety Forum


Places of Worship Safety Forum

Richmond Police Department presents Places of Worship Safety & Awareness Forum

Places of worship have a unique challenge when it comes to crime prevention, security, and safety. They want to be open and welcoming to the community outside while also protecting the people and property inside. From the smallest to the largest congregation, we all need to have the skills and awareness to best serve our members, our communities and our God in the safest way possible.

When: Saturday December 7 , 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Where: First African Baptist Church 2700 Hanes Avenue Richmond, VA 23222

For more information, contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham Office (804) 646-6754
Email: kimberly.cheatham@richmondgov.com

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29th Citizens Police Academy
29th Citizens Police Academy

This FREE Citizens Police Academy is designed to introduce citizens to the RPD, improve relationships with RPD, help participants gain knowledge of police operations, develop stronger advocates and promote safety in the community. Sessions will include, but not be limited to: RPD patrol functions, crime prevention through environmental design, personal safety, hands-on exercises, tours within the Richmond Police Department and so much more.

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Mayor Levar M. Stoney officially swears-in Chief William C. Smith as the 19th chief of police of Richmond, Virginia in the Investiture Ceremony of July 31, 2019.

Congratulations to Chief William C. Smith, who was sworn in as the Richmond Police Department’s 19th chief of police on Wednesday, July 31, 2019! His family, friends, and colleagues attended the ceremony inside Coburn Hall at Virginia Union University.

Smith, 51, the son of a former Richmond Police lieutenant, began his law enforcement career with RPD in 1995 and his risen through the ranks of the department. Prior to his appointment as chief, Smith served as the Interim Chief of RPD following the retirement of former Chief Alfred Durham. Chief Smith is the first chief to be promoted internally since 1967.

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Prevent Firearms Thefts

Over 100 firearms have been stolen from motor vehicles in the first half of 2019 and over a dozen in just one week in July! This reminder from Fourth Precinct Detective Owens helps us keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. As she says, when you KNOW better, DO better. Lock It Or Lose It!


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Safe Exchange Zones

The Richmond Police Department now offers two Safe Exchange Zones where you can meet and transact your business in well-lit areas with 24-hour video recording.

The zones are in the parking lot of two precincts:

Second Precinct, 177 E. Belt Boulevard
Fourth Precinct, 2219 Chamberlayne Avenue

Since a video recording can only assist detectives in attempting to identify a suspect after an incident occurs, the public should continue to observe safety precautions. Indeed, a Safe Exchange Zone sign at each location indicates that the Department assumes no responsibility or liability for transactions, damages or injury, nor does the city of Richmond. Due to the varied schedules of precinct officers, the Department cannot guarantee an officer will be on the property at all times.


Recruit Training
RPD Training

Neighbors by Ring - Click for more Information

Neighbors By Ring

The Richmond Police Department has joined the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide citizens of the city with real-time, local crime and safety information.

The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

More Information about Neighbors by Ring...


RPD Lateral Police Academy

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Prevent Motor Vehicle Theft

Folks, just a few quick changes in behavior can greatly reduce the chances of motor vehicle theft. Captain Christopher Gleason, Lt. Bill Woo and officers from Third Precinct share with you this quick public safety message that will hopefully reduce those car thefts city-wide!


Witness to murder: How one testimony led to the arrest of a killer

Witness to murder: How one testimony led to the arrest of a killer

Diane Winston was struck and killed by a stray bullet meant for someone else in Richmond. One man witnessed the shooting and helped lead police to her killer.

Read the Washington Post story | Watch the video | Read the Richmond Free Press Story


Major Crimes Captain James Laino and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Learned Barry discuss the recent Washington Post article naming the Richmond Police Department a national leader in homicide clearance rates.


Richmond's Precinct Lineup
1st Precinct
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3rd Precinct
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4th Precinct
4th Precinct

Click on your precinct’s photo to view the list and contact information of those representing your neighborhood.

To find your precinct:

  1. Visit Richmond Property Search
  2. Type your address and select your property
  3. Click the services tab. Under “Public Safety” you will find “Police Precinct” and “Police Sector.”

Photos from the Field

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Photos from the Field


In The News

Love it, lock it or lose it:’ RPD reminds public to lock vehicles after gun stolen

’Love it, lock it or lose it:’
RPD reminds public to lock vehicles after gun stolen

In The News


Citizen’s Police Academy gives residents glimpse into law enforcement

After Svondai Brown lost her godson on Christmas Eve last year, she thought she’d like to become a police officer.

She already had an impressive résumé of philanthropy from volunteering with Project:HOMES, a group that helps elderly Richmond residents with making their homes more accessible, to hosting an annual Easter event in the city. But the loss caused her to see what more she could do in the community.

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P3 Tips

Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers Coordinator and RPD Detective Benjamin Toderico introduces a new way to offer information through a new smartphone app, “P3 Tips.” The application allows users to quickly submit anonymous tips with the option of attaching photos, videos and document. Information may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

P3 Tips Mobile app information | P3 Tips Mobile app video


Keep Corners Clear

Keep Corners Clear

Parking too close to an intersection is a safety issue - and can result in a ticket. Fourth Precinct Motors Officer Todd Hall explains the safety issue - and introduces the concept of precinct-level Motors units in this quick video. Keep Corners Clear!

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