RPD’s Third Precinct raises ‘Precinct of the Year’ flag

RPD’s Third Precinct raises ‘Precinct of the Year’ flag
Richmond Police Department’s Third Precinct will raise the “Precinct of the Year” flag on Tuesday. (Source: Richmond Police)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Police Department’s Third Precinct raised the “Precinct of the Year” flag on Tuesday.

Police Chief Gerald Smith presented the “Crime Reduction Award” flag to the Third Precinct after it recorded the largest reduction in crime.

The department says the supervisor’s strategic, focused approach, along with the dedication and hustle of the officers, was key to the decrease in the numbers.

RPD said Third Precinct’s violent crime decreased by 22 percent, property crime decreased by 14 percent and overall major crime decreased by 13 percent.

“This recognition is well-deserved,” said Third Precinct Commander Faith Flippo. “It reflects on the strategic, focused approach precinct supervisors implemented – and the dedication and hustle that the officers exhibited throughout a challenging year. This planning and execution not only decreased reports of violent crime but also was successful in combating quality-of-life issues such as theft from motor vehicle, which was down 20%. Detectives tirelessly investigate cases and patrol officers are continually reminding folks to remove valuables from their vehicles – and hopefully this downward trend will continue.”

The ceremony took place on Tuesday morning.

”Amidst everything that was going on, the protests, COVID, they came to work. They donned their uniform and they went out and did their job the best they could, sometimes doing more than what was expected from them and this is the culmination of it,” RPD Capt. Marty Harrison said.

Police also said the community helped in driving down crime.

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