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Public-private partnership will fund five new 360º cameras to increase safety in Shockoe Bottom

Information gathered by the new cameras will be shared with a myriad of various organizations and businesses, including the Richmond Police and Fire Departments, the Department of Taxation, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and other Shockoe Bottom businesses.

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The Shockoe Partnership, Venture Richmond, and the Richmond Police Department announced today a public-private partnership to enhance safety in Shockoe Bottom by installing five 360-degree cameras.

The new cameras will serve the growing and diverse area, which has experienced tremendous growth in the past several years with the renovation of Main Street Station, the addition of the 1717 Innovation Center, the creation of the Virginia Capital Trail, and soon-to-be-reopened 17th Street Farmers Market.

Earlier this year, Richmond City Police Chief Alfred Durham suggested installing cameras in the area but cited the need for funding partners. Venture Richmond and The Shockoe Partnership offered to fund the safety initiative. The camera investment totaled $30,000 and was funded entirely by private money; the bill split between the Shockoe Partnership – a coalition of area business leaders committed to the preservation and enhancement of the historic Shockoe corridor – and Venture Richmond. The cameras will be maintained and utilized by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Police Department.

“Shockoe Bottom is one of Richmond’s most historically and culturally-rich neighborhoods,” said Brian White, president of the Shockoe Partnership and head of Shockoe-based development firm Main Street Reality. “It’s already one of the city’s fastest-growing areas, but there is still so much untapped potential. These cameras are just another step in reaching that.”

“For years, cameras have been used in many other cities as an important tool for public safety. We are happy to help bring them to the Bottom and make the Chief’s vision a reality,” said Brian Jackson, Chairman of Venture Richmond and a partner with Hirschler Fleischer. “Hopefully, this public-private partnership can be a model replicated by other neighborhoods in the City that could benefit from a similar program.”

In total, five state-of-the-art, high-definition cameras were installed and are located at the following intersections:

  • 17th Street and Main Street, observing north and east
  • 17th Street and Franklin Street, observing north and west
  • The 0000 block of 17th Street, observing the 17th Street Farmer’s Market and foot traffic from Walnut Alley
  • 18th Street and Main Street, observing north and west
  • 18th Street and Franklin Street, observing north and east

The five cameras to be installed will join a network of another eight that will be installed as part of the renovations to the 17th Street Market Plaza.

Information gathered by the new cameras will be shared with a myriad of various organizations and businesses, including the Richmond Police and Fire Departments, the Department of Taxation, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and other Shockoe Bottom businesses. The partnership hopes this will lead to greater coordination between local businesses and city and statewide organizations.

“I am pleased [with] how well we all worked together to make this happen,” said Richmond Police Department Chief Alfred Durham. “The enthusiastic support the RPD received from the Shockoe Partnership and Venture Richmond when I asked for funding for these safety cameras is (a) wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can work effectively to make our city safe.”

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VIDEO: Suspect sought in serial destruction of property at downtown law firm

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the photo and video shown here who intentionally cut the phone and internet cables to a private law firm on several occasions this year.

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

Detectives believe this suspect opened the electrical box and cut the wires inside back in January. After a lock was installed, he proceeded to cut all the wires to the electrical box again.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

On Sunday, September 13, an unknown male entered the BP in the 2600 block of East Main Street. He removed a garbage bag from his pants and then went to the candy aisle and filled the entire bag with candy. The suspect left the store and was last seen walking to a hatchback vehicle.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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RPD Seeking GRTC Pulse Assault Victim, Man Wanted for Attacking Woman

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the victim of a recent assault on a GRTC Pulse bus to come forward.

At around noon on August 31, 2020, security video shows a man rising from his seat on a GRTC Pulse bus. As he steps towards the back of the bus, he intentionally and forcefully strikes the victim, seated directly behind him, in the head. The suspect pretends to slip, and then slips near the driver. We covered the victim’s face for her safety, but detectives would like to speak to her about the incident. The suspect eventually exited the bus.

The same man is suspected in two other random attacks on women in the City of Richmond, as well as another assault of a woman in Henrico County.

At around 10:15 a.m. on August 31, 2020, security video shows the elderly victim using a cane to cross East Broad Street at North 4th Street. When she reaches the sidewalk, the suspect punches her in the face with such force she’s knocked to the ground. The suspect walked away.

At around 3:45 p.m. on July 21, 2020, security video shows the victim on her phone and the suspect seated directly in front of her. As the bus approaches a stop, the suspect leans back and elbows her in the head and chest. The suspect again pretends he slipped and fell, then elbows the victim in the head a second time. The suspect exited the bus.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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