One of the most important quality-of-life decisions that you will make about where you live, work, attend school or shop will be: is it safe. This might not be the first thing that is on your mind every morning and during the day, but it is an expectation. And whether you live or work in Church Hill, Carytown, The Fan, The University district or Gilpin Court, safety is a must.
This week, following much hard work by many and also impassioned testimonials from City of Richmond Police officers, the Richmond City Council approved $1.6 million for the hiring of 40 additional police officers.
This is important for two reasons. First it will mean that there will be more officers on the streets in 2017. Also, this is an important step in attempting to stem the tide of officers leavening the Richmond police force for better paying jobs in county, state and federal law enforcement.
Let's face it, law enforcement is a career and it is competitive. If we do not give officers the manpower and salaries that are commensurate with the job that they are asked to do, they will continue to leave.
We should proud of all of the hard work that has brought us to this place, but we must continue to work with the Mayor Elect Levar Stoney and the incoming City Council to ensure that we keep quality of life issues at the forefront of all policy decisions.