Veteran Richmond officer to become VCU police chief

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Major John Venuti is leaving Richmond Police to become chief of police for Virginia Commonwealth University, effective Feb. 1.

A veteran officer who rose through the ranks, Venuti was sworn as a Richmond Police officer in 1984. Since that appointment he has served as a sergeant in the narcotics unit and lieutenant and captain of the violent crimes unit. He is finishing his career with Richmond Police as the major in charge of Support Services, which includes Major Crimes and the Special Events and Special Investigations divisions.

"We congratulate John on this career achievement, but we will definitely miss his law enforcement knowledge and experience in investigations," Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. "His will be big shoes to fill in this Department."

Venuti has been the man behind most of Richmond's homicide investigations for the past six years, beginning as a lieutenant. Under his leadership as captain of violent crimes, homicides have seen a steady decline in the city over the past few years and the clearance rates in these investigations normally surpass the national average.

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