RICHMOND, Va. — Dozens of local and federal agencies lined the streets outside of Richmond’s Highland Park Thursday night for a community march focused on tackling violent crime.
Just two weeks ago officials said a man was murdered in Highland Park. Although officials say crime is down overall in this area, that doesn’t mean their efforts are stopping.
“I want the community to understand that we’re not going anywhere,” Mjr said. Sybil El-Amin Jones with Richmond Police.
The group for the march consisted of the Richmond Police, US Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police, FBI, ATF and more.
Michael Talbert, the Washington Field Division’s acting assistant special agent, said they work daily with street units and homicide units to prepare and perfect criminal cases and investigations in Richmond.
Officials said they have been focusing on this area in recent years by working together in partnership at the local, state and federal levels. They said a few years ago that this would have been one of the most violent neighborhoods in Richmond.
They believe the agency partnership is part of the reason things are looking up.
“We’ve really focused on that community. We’re able to work together and have a calming effect on the community.”
The agencies said their goal was to provide a product that removes the most violent people from the streets of Richmond so that people can live in peace and have a good quality of life. On Thursday evening, they went door to door, focusing on building trust, determining needs and getting the status of their work.
“We are here to serve you. We are not here to be contradictory. We want to see the most successful lives,” said Michael Talbert, the Washington Field Division’s acting assistant special agent.
All the agencies said work would continue well after today. Jessica Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said that work was critical.
“We want them to stand with us as we work to reduce violent crime in the city,” Aber said.
The agencies say they are in communication with other locations in central Virginia. They note that they are more than willing to work with other areas to do something similar.