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RRHA Abruptly Closes Police Department

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The RRHA says residents are better served as the agency uses resources to provide housing services rather than security. The RRHA says residents are better served as the agency uses resources to provide housing services rather than security.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Seven Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority police officers learned Monday afternoon that as April 1, they will no longer have a job.

A meeting was held at RRHA headquarters and the officers didn't have anything to say when they left the building.

The RRHA says residents are better served as the agency uses resources to provide housing services rather than security.

Problems have faced the police department for months. Chief Hal Hazleton was fired amidst controversy, then turned around and sued RRHA.

People living in Gilpin Court are upset there will no longer be a police department and that officers they know are without a job.

"Who else is out here risking their lives for civilians but our people we have over here" says Ladarrell Pope. "And we are gonna really treat them like this? This is how Richmond treats Richmonders."

Richmond Police plans to increase patrolling the Housing Authority's area.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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