Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic says the day of just arresting your way out of crime is over.
Police have responded to violent crimes in places like Whitcomb Court, in spots frequented by VCU students, and a popular nightlife attraction in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom.
"The day of just arresting your way out of crime is over," said Chief Tarasovic, who joined faith leaders for a walk through Whitcomb Court Tuesday afternoon.
Managers at Rosie Connolly's Pub and Restaurant in Shockoe Bottom say crime has started to take a toll on business.
"It has," said the pub manager. "It has made business a little slower on the weekends. We still have a lot of people that live in the neighborhood that come in, but you just don't see the other people coming from the West End or Chesterfield."
That is one of the reasons Chief Tarasovic continues to partner with faith leaders for neighborhood canvassing.
"We are going to knock on doors," said Chief Tarasovic. "Find out what people's needs are…find out how we can be of assistance both as faith leaders and the police department."
Tarasovic notes we have had 27 homicides this year. The chief says there were 37 homicides this time last year.
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