RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority wants to pay to have more police officers patrol neighborhoods the organization manages.
The department has faced many problems in the past, and in April, leaders abruptly shut down the police sector. RRHA employed seven police, and all those officers lost their job when the department closed.
Monday night, an ordinance was introduced at Richmond City council. Details of the ordinance reveal the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority wants to pay the city of Richmond $180,960 to have additional Richmond police officers patrol the neighborhoods for a certain time period.
Earlier this year, Richmond police chief Ray Tarasovic said his department would provide additional patrols in the neighborhoods. Some residents in Hillside Court told 8News they’ve seen an increase in patrols.
“I like the way I see the visibility of the police officers around, because you want to be safe,” says one woman who did not want to be identified. However, there are other residents who want to see more officers.
“Drive by [shootings], that’s my biggest fear out here,” says resident Allen Brown, who is also a father. “My son being out here playing or riding his bike, and someone come through here, and an innocent kid will get hit,” says Brown.
Richmond city council is expected to vote on this plan on Monday July 14th during the 6 p.m. meeting. Members of the public will also be able to weigh-in on the plan before the vote.