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Community policing builds trust in Henrico

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Law enforcement in Eastern Henrico is working overtime to make its presence known. Henrico Police say community relations is an important factor not just to solve crimes but also to develop trust.

When it comes to keeping you safe, officers say they can't do it alone. It's why police in Eastern Henrico are working with the public to take back the neighborhood.

"Right now, we're going to head into Glenwood Medical," Officer Jermaine Alley says getting out of his patrol car.

He often works around the clock.

"Everyday. Monday through Friday and sometimes on the weekends," he explained.

His job is to be a visible presence in the east end. He goes from business to business, resident to resident, gathering leads and following up on tips. It's how the officer builds trust with the neighborhood he serves, the same neighborhood that continues to rally against crime like the murder of Expressway store owner Farooq Bhimidi earlier this week.

"Persons are tired of this needless and senseless violence and if anything is going to be done, it's going to take a collaborative, community effort," said Rev. Roscoe Cooper of the Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

The church is within walking distance of the home of 19-year-old murder suspect Jamon Burroughs.

Cooper says he's glad to see Officer Alley consistently in the community, letting residents know they're not alone.

"This is a call to arms to let us know that it's bigger than one. A person can handle themselves but together we can make a difference," Cooper said.

The neighborhood considers their officer a friend.

"We know he's here…it makes us feel safe," said Jackie Anderson of Glenwood Medical.

"Having a pro-active approach to it all solves things almost before they happen," Alley said.

He gives out his email and even his cell phone number to people in the community. It's just another tool he uses to keep the line of communication open.

Henrico Police has 20 officers specifically assigned to community policing. Each officer covers different sections of the county.

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