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Mayor Stoney reaffirms city as welcoming to all at police graduation ceremony

“We need to protect our children and our families so they can learn and grow and prosper,” he said. “That means protecting and welcoming all of our residents, regardless of their color, their ethnicity, their bank accounts, their ZIP codes, how they worship, or who they love.”

Trevor Dickerson

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Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Police Department Chief Alfred Durham, and the Richmond Police Department welcomed 16 new officers to the force at a graduation and swearing-in ceremony Thursday at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The class includes recruits from Richmond, Virginia and several other states such as New York, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Stoney reaffirmed Richmond as a city welcoming to all amid rhetoric from the Trump administration to the contrary.

“We need to protect our children and our families so they can learn and grow and prosper,” he said. “That means protecting and welcoming all of our residents, regardless of their color, their ethnicity, their bank accounts, their ZIP codes, how they worship, or who they love.”

He tied his message in with the graduation ceremony to remind the newly-minted officers they’ll be patrolling “an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming city for all.”

Stoney concluded that the city should look for opportunities “to build bridges,” and said “we do not need to build walls,” a reference to President Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

An extra week was added to the traditional 30 week RPD recruit training schedule to accommodate an expanded curriculum that includes community engagement experiences in public housing communities, city schools and homeless shelters. The recruits also graduated as certified bicycle officers.

As newly sworn officers, the seven females and nine males will begin eight weeks of field training this Saturday; each will be paired with an experienced officer.

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