Police

A screen capture of Richmond Police Department's new data portal, Richmond Open Data.

New Richmond police data portal reveals numbers on traffic stops, use of force and more

The Richmond Police Department recently went live with a new online portal dedicated to providing statistics and data on law enforcement activities in the city, completing its commitment to the Police Data Initiative started by...

The Citizen’s Police Review Commission discusses ongoing investigation of a 2014 fatal officer shooting

The February Citizen’s Police Review Commission (CPRC) meeting began with the announcement of a $20,000 allocation to streamline CPRC's administrative tasks and ended with a discussion on the death of Pedie Perez, who was killed...
Colyer Dupont debriefs a simulation activity with two Richmond police officers as part of the Community Safety Academy. Photo by Francesca Fenzi

Can ‘community ambassadors’ untangle Richmond’s relationship with the police?

Richmond Police Sgt. Florencio Rivera lifts a thick leather belt from the trunk of his police cruiser. He points to several objects dangling from it — pepper spray, handcuffs, riot baton, pistol, Taser — and...
Richmond Police Department. File photo by Grace Oyenubi.

RPD officer sent ‘sexually suggestive’ messages to head of a dispensary he was regulating, documents show

Court documents submitted in an ongoing case indicate that Richmond Police Department Sergeant Michael Rood sent “numerous inappropriate and sexually suggestive” text messages to the head of a medical marijuana dispensary he was tasked with...
Inside Richmond City Hall. File photo by Tawanda Kanhema.

Court documents point to ‘pay to play’ scheme between marijuana dispensaries and City Council

A new set of documents filed in an ongoing court case suggest that the heads of Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries may have paid City Councilmembers to back legislation favorable to the dispensaries.
Four Richmond Police Officers are to be terminated from the Richmond Police Department, the City Manager's office said in a statement on Monday. Photo by Grace Oyenubi.

Four officers involved in “Celeste Guap” scandal terminated from Richmond Police Department

Four police officers will be terminated from the Richmond Police Department for their conduct and involvement with a 19-year-old woman formerly known as “Celeste Guap.”