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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Faith leaders from places of worship across the city gathered outside Richmond Police Headquarters Friday afternoon to show support for Chief Bryan Norwood.

Members of the Faith Leaders Partnership called on Mayor Dwight Jones to keep Norwood as Richmond’s top commanding officer. They read a statement expressing why they believe Norwood should remain at the helm of the police department.

“Chief Norwood, his command staff, and his officers of the Richmond Police Department are to be commended for their outstanding work in keeping our community safe, reducing crime, especially violent crime, reducing fear, and tensions in our community,” said Alex Boyd, pastor of Living Faith Church of God in Christ.

The group said while the mayor has not announced Norwood’s departure, they’re concerned because Jones has publicly discussed his desire to make “tweaks” to his administration.

Speculation has been growing about Norwood leaving his position, since it was announced earlier this week that he was not chosen for the job as Raleigh, North Carolina’s chief.

 A spokersperson with the police department told CBS 6 that Norwood remains in command.

The Faith Leaders Partnership is planning a rally to be held February 12 at the Fresh Anointing Cathedral, 3001 Second Avenue.

 Members have also started an online petition in support of Norwood. Click here to view or sign the petition.