RICHMOND (WRIC)—In May of last year, a new partnership formed between the Richmond Police Department and the Henrico County Police Division on the east side of the city.
After more than six months, the City of Richmond says that with both agencies patrolling both sides of the city-county line, crime in the area has dropped.
An area resident says as terrible as that was, it was out of the ordinary; a neighbor agreed.
"It used to be kind of ordinary, but now it's not. Like, it just started up again," said resident Caleb Ames.
Crime in Richmond's First Precinct dropped more than in any other Richmond precinct in 2013, and Henrico County gets an assist for that.
Lt. Dan Minton with Richmond Police says the partnership means greater resources for both departments.
"We're doing a lot of work with Henrico County. We have a joint partnership with them. We do joint patrols," he said. "That night of the shooting we actually had the chief of police of the City of Richmond and the chief of police of Henrico out there, and I think that sends a message that we're both committed to solving the crime problem. Crime knows no borders. Criminals know no borders."
The neighbors have seen Henrico Police cars cruising through, and a feeling of increased security has accompanied those new patrols and dropping numbers.
"I think it's a great idea," one resident said. "And I think with everything the way it is, we really need it."
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