RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond has seen its murder rate more than double so far in 2016 compared to this time last year.
The Richmond Police Department has had a busy year already with 19 homicides so far. At this time last year, there were seven reported murders.
Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham is holding a meeting Wednesday night to listen to the concerns of city residents, address the rise in crime and discuss how to combat it.
“These meetings are a continuation of our community policing strategy,” said Chief Durham. “The purpose of these Town Hall meetings is for me and my staff to get input from the general public; what we can do better and how they can help us do better.”
In his time as chief, Durham has launched two initiatives and command staff visits neighborhoods, going door to door, talking to people and asking how they can work together to decrease crime in the city.
There will be four meetings over the next two weeks — one in each of RPD’s four precincts:
- 1st Precinct — Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cedar Street Baptist Church of God, 2301 Cedar St.
- 2nd Precinct –– Thursday, May 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Southside Plaza Community Center, 4100 Hull Street Rd.
- 3rd Precinct –– Thursday, May 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave.
- 4th Precinct — Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Rd.
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