Richmond Police hold community walkthrough in Northern Barton Heights neighborhood

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police said they are actively trying to prevent violent crimes by doing monthly community walkthroughs like they did Tuesday in the city’s northside.

While results aren’t always immediate, police say these events are making a difference.

“It’s building that partnership I can’t stress how important that is,” said Lt. Keshawn Manns with the Richmond Police Department.

Richmond Police officers stopped at each home Tuesday to reach out to neighbors in the Northern Barton Heights area.

“The police can’t be everywhere at one time but we try to be as many places as we possibly can,” said Lt. Manns. “Just going door to door, and having that personal interaction with the citizens, has proved to be a very valuable asset for the department.”

Police said the event helps build public trust and a personal relationship with the community they serve.

“I get a lot of phone calls from citizens,” said Lt. Manns. “I almost feel like a telemarketer at times, but we invite that and encourage that because if they are reporting the information to us then we can actually go out and do something about it.”

Police said they will take a close look at the 60 days following the walk to measure effectiveness

“We go in and we analyze the crime and that’s why we are here today because we have to pin point what types of issues when they’re occurring and things of that nature,” said Lt. Manns.

Neighbor Khristy Burris said she’s glad to see the police because she’s been concerned about recent crimes, including her own tires being slashed this past Sunday.

“With all the break-ins in people’s cars and tires that have been slit in that I’ve seen in other neighborhoods, I definitely don’t want it to be in any neighborhood,” said Khristy Burris.

She said she believes events like this will make a positive impact.

“This is a thriving neighborhood and I think it will thrive a lot better faster with the police presence here,” said Burris. “People will feel safe.”

Police also use these events to hear public suggestions on ways they can make changes such as adding patrols or moving officers to different areas.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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