We are pleased to introduce the Richmond Police Department’s Strategic and Succession Plan, which will guide the police department forward in times of change. This plan is a roadmap that will assist us in addressing the most critical issues facing the community while taking into account certain realities associated with our ability to deliver effective police services, increased service demands, reduced operating budgets, rising pension costs, recruitment and retention challenges, and loss of institutional knowledge.
This plan was developed to align our efforts with the city council’s public safety priorities:
• Zero homicides • Effective police management • Emergency planning and preparedness • Safe interactions with the mentally ill • Homelessness
The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan was developed through a collaborative process with internal and external workgroups to assess the police department’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The purpose of the internal evaluation was to find a pathway to continue delivering professional and effective police services during times of change and uncertainty. We are confident this guide will assist us in aligning our resources and efforts to ensure Richmond is a safe place to live, work, and visit.