RPD Chief Durham addresses recent violence, department struggles

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Recent violence has brought to light more of the struggles that the Richmond Police Department is facing.

Wednesday night, Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said detectives are doing everything they can with their limited resources.

“We’re just seeing lately an increase in violence in this city,” Chief Alfred Durham said.

Thursday’s homicide — a mother of three was found shot to death inside her Richmond home — marks number 57 for the city.

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Chief Durham has said time and time again that the increase in crime and lack of resources has created a major problem for the department.

“Our detectives are working hard between the homicides and the aggravated assaults that’s involving shootings, they’re doing the best they can,” Chief Durham said. “They’re making some progress, but again we can’t do it without the assistance of the community.”

“Our detectives are working hard between the homicides and the aggravated assaults that’s involving shootings, they’re doing the best they can. They’re making some progress, but again we can’t do it without the assistance of the community.” — RPD Chief Alfred Durham

He has asked for help, from anyone who might know something, for a department that’s already struggling.

“As you know, we’re just hanging on short staffed and that’s the frustrating part and the men and women of this department are feeling it,” Chief Durham said.

This month, Richmond’s city council will vote on an amendment that would give funding to the police department to hire 20 new officer recruits.

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