RPD chief: Lack of victim cooperation, manpower plaguing department

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There have been nine shootings in just a few days and 54 homicides in the City of Richmond this year. Many are asking what it will take to stop the violence.

“Detectives have been working around the clock again canvassing communities,” said Richmond Chief of Police Alfred Durham.

“We are struggling with manpower within the police department and trying to get the resources”

Chief Durham says there are some things preventing police from fighting crime.

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“The majority of the victims are not cooperating with us,” Durham said. “What we see is there is a lot of retaliation. When we have victims that will not assist in identifying or providing us with information, sometimes there is retaliation associated with that.”

Durham says these crimes are not occurring due to a lack of effort, but a lack of officers.

“We are struggling with manpower within the police department and trying to get the resources,” he said.

Some say, however, that more police in the streets is not the answer.

“More officers on the streets may become a deterrent, but those officers deployed on the street need to be prepared for violence prevention and conflict resolution,” Executive Director of Communities Against Crime Charles Willis said.

Chief Durham wants to remind the public that RPD still have the Gun 250 Program. If you know someone with an illegal gun and if your call helps them recover the gun, they will pay you $250.

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