The Richmond Times-Dispatch today reports on an effort by Henrico County Police to stem a slight uptick in area crime. As aggravated assaults and larcenies have increased in the region, the department is reaching out to Virginia Union University and other area schools to increase the recruitment of minority and female officers.
This month, the police division met with Virginia Union University to establish a recruiting relationship with the school, and (Henrico Police Chief Douglas) Middleton has contacted several other universities for the same purpose.
In January, the division published a classified ad for a presentation geared toward women. More than 50 women showed up for the event on Jan. 8, and the division plans to hold similar presentations in the future.
“Obviously, our crime-fighting abilities are directly tied to our ability to get qualified applicants,” Middleton said.