Tough streets get police attention

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When the police come to Whitcomb Court, neighbors say it usually means two things.

"Yeah, I think it means we either got trouble coming or we're gonna have trouble that's gonna get away," said resident Tina Woodson.

But this wasn't like most days. Richmond's police chief, community partners, and top commanders went door, to door, to door. Making what they called an investment, in their "Trust account."

"We're not here to lock anybody up, we're not here to arrest anybody or do any type of investigation. What we're here to do is just rub elbows with our partners, who are the citizens of the Whitcomb Court area," said Richmond Police Lt. Martin Harrison.

The public housing complex is often associated with violent crime. So this was a chance for neighbors to tell police, what they can do better. It's still a work in progress. Not everyone was okay at first, with all the attention.

"I get nervous a little bit, but you know how that goes. But their doing the right job," said resident George Johnson.

But police are certain it's a step in the right direction. The major crimes are still auto theft, robberies, and drugs. Police hope that building new relationships helps cut down on that kind of criminal activity.

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