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RRHA wants to pay off-duty Richmond cops to patrol public housing

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority has unveiled a plan to keep the the city’s public housing projects safe four months after the agency opted to shutter its  own police force.

RRHA members will go before Richmond City Council members to ask to pay off-duty Richmond police officers to patrol areas like Mosby and Creighton courts.

Council members said the plan would cost taxpayers about $45,000 a month, which would come from current RRHA funding.

That agreement is slated to last just four months.

Some neighbors think the call to shut down the force was a mistake.

“I think getting rid of the police presence was a mistake sometimes in some communities even in the best communities you might see a parked police car and it’s empty and it sits there for months but just to deter criminal behavior,” said Deborah Jones, whose aunt lives in Mosby Court.

City council will debate the issue Monday at 5 p.m.

A neighborhood watch program in partnership with the RPD is also slated to begin soon.

Depend on CBS 6 News for continuing coverage of this important local story. 

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6 comments

  • Robbie

    Never ceases to amaze me how much money our state, local and federal governments continue to waste taxpayers money. Like the Middle East, leave these places alone and they will kill each other off.

  • John

    It would be good to have Non-Profit groups and churches to have a presence in the neighborhood. The ROC church did it for years. They had big picnics on Sunday afternoons where they brought a feeling of love and concern to the area. They had buses to pick up people and do organized activities. They had daycares.
    We all know what happened to the ROC church. Well, now we need other groups to form an alliance to pick up the good works.

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