From NBC12 News
RICHMOND, VA (NBC12 News) -The city of Richmond is a much safer city.
It now ranks 49th among the most dangerous cities in America.
That is a huge improvement considering the river city was ranked 5th most dangerous city in 2004.
The ranking is based on 2007 information when Rodney Monroe was chief.
Authorities say programs Monroe started have a lot to do with the safer streets.
In 1994, there were 161 murders in the city. This year there's been 32.
So far this year, robberies are down more than 60 percent; motor vehicle thefts down 23 percent, and burglaries down three percent.
Richmond police credit its officers and strong community policing.