Richmond Police Department (Virginia)

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Richmond Police Department
Abbreviation RPD
Agency overview
Formed 1807
Employees 930
Annual budget $79 million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Richmond in the state of Virginia, USA
Map of Richmond Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 62.5 square miles (162 km2)
Population 204,214
Governing body City
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Police Officers 760
Civilians 170
Agency executive Alfred Durham, Chief of Police
Stations 4 precincts
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Richmond Police Department (RPD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 204,214 people within 62.5 square miles (162 km2) of jurisdiction within Richmond, Virginia. The RPD is accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standard Commission.

Administrative Services[edit]

Administrative Services has the responsibility of management oversight for the major administrative areas of the Police Department.


  • Division of Emergency Communications It overlooks public safety and non-public safety radio communications for Richmond.
  • Planning Division It is responsible for the developing, review, and monitoring of all policies and procedures of the RPD.
  • Records and Technology It manages all technical hardware and software services and systems.
  • Training Division It is responsible for training all of the RPD employees. They are also active with the training academy.[1]


  • Citizens’ Academies It builds a relationship and understanding between the citizens and officers of Richmond.
  • CAPS The Community Assisted Public Safety (CAPS) attempts to change the citizens of Richmond's minds about the way they think of their city and neighborhoods. It also tries to ensure that all of Richmond's neighborhoods are clean, safe, and healthy.
  • Crime Prevention It is made up of crime prevention officers and implement crime prevention programs that include Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, and the Electric Neighborhood Watch. Specialists in the program speak to community groups and businesses about crime prevention.
  • Neighborhood Assistance Officer Program It consists of uniformed, unpaid, and volunteers of the RPD. They do not have the authority to arrest over any other regular citizen. They are unarmed and drive a RPD vehicle.
  • Police Athletic League
  • School Resource Officers
  • HOPE Unit
  • Volunteers in Policing [2]

Chief's Office[edit]

  • Executive Protection Unit They are assigned to protect the mayor of Richmond.
  • Finance Their tasks include budget development, grants management, property and evidence, and payroll and accounting.
  • General Counsel They perform internal audits, examine existing and proposed policies, work with the Internal Affairs Division, work as part of senior management, and review policies and practices.
  • Human Resources They are responsible for the recruitment and administrative management of all department employees.
  • Office of Professional Responsibility The disciplinary review office.
  • Internal Affairs They handle internal complaint investigations, firearms discharges, and excessive force allegations.
  • Public Affairs They provide information about the operation and personnel of the RPD.[3]


Operations consists of four precincts that covers Richmond. The four precincts are broken out into two areas.

  • Area 1:
  • First Precinct: Sector 111, Sector 112, Sector 113
  • Second Precinct: Sector 211, Sector 212, Sector 213
  • Area 2:
  • Third Precinct: Sector 311, Sector 312, Sector 313
  • Fourth Precinct: Sector 411, Sector 412, Sector 413 [4]

Support Services[edit]

  • Major Crimes It includes the Homicide, Violent Crimes, and the Youth and Family Crimes Units.
  • Special Investigations Division It performs major case investigations against organizations involving narcotics trafficking, prostitution, illegal gambling, and the sales and distribution of illegal liquors and pornography. The division includes the Narcotics, Asset Forfeiture, Gang, Vice, and Technical Assistance units.
  • Special Events Division It consists of Traffic, Motors, Crash Team, Hit and Run Investigations, Mounted, K-9, Special Events, Aviation, Permits, Homeland Security, SWAT, Negotiators, Crowd Management Team, Bomb Squad, Homeland Security and Dignitary Visits.[5]


  • Chief (rank of Colonel)
  • Deputy Chief (rank of Lt. Colonel)
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Detective
  • Police Officer

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Richmond Police Department, 28 officers have died in the line of duty.[6] [7]

Officer Date of Death Details
Officer Thomas Kirkham
Thursday, July 1, 1869
Officer Robert D. Austin
Monday, April 11, 1898
Captain John F. Shinberger
Friday, July 1, 1904
Officer Gerald M. Harmon
Tuesday, May 13, 1919
Officer Washington J. Curtis
Sunday, August 21, 1921
Sergeant J. Harvey Burke
Tuesday, July 28, 1925
Detective Sergeant Louis Bertucci
Monday, August 10, 1925
Patrolman Bennie F. Williams
Saturday, October 31, 1931
Patrolman William A. Toot
Sunday, September 30, 1934
Patrolman Horace C. Parker
Wednesday, April 3, 1935
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman William F. Snead
Friday, February 5, 1937
Patrolman John A. Tibbs
Sunday, October 20, 1940
Patrolman Chauffeur Marvin L. Farmer
Saturday, July 18, 1942
Patrolman John H. Posenau
Friday, November 14, 1952
Heart Attack
Patrolman Clifton H. White
Thursday, August 19, 1954
Heart Attack
Patrolman James W. Crowder
Thursday, September 5, 1957
Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Luther K. Nuckols
Saturday, December 8, 1962
Heart Attack
Patrolman Raymond B. Smith
Sunday, October 13, 1968
Patrolman David A. Cooper
Tuesday, February 10, 1970
Automobile Accident
Patrolman Harry Charlton III
Friday, June 25, 1971
Patrolman Vernon Leigh Jarrelle Jr.
Wednesday, August 1, 1973
Patrolman Edwin Hugh Stephenson Jr.
Friday, December 13, 1974
Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Leward Robert Rich
Friday, December 13, 1974
Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman E. Allen Wakefield
Saturday, September 27, 1975
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Michael P. Connors
Tuesday, November 13, 1979
Detective George Ronald Taylor
Sunday, June 15, 1986
Police Officer Thomas Francis (Mongo) McMahon
Wednesday, October 14, 1998
Police Officer Douglas Edward Wendel
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

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