As the title suggests, this is an update about Richmond PD police presence in the JRPS; which I believe to also entail normal planning and in response to any recent events in JRPS.
A first point that must be made it that the JRPS falls under two different precincts, the 1st & 3rd: Just about everything but Belle Island is out of the 3rd precinct. The following was given by someone of the 1st.
RPD P1 has initiated "overtime" positions which should increase police presence on Belle Island (most of the overtime is on the weekends). There are also have several larger initiatives planned for the park system that will involve more resources and personnel.
Our local contact is not involved with any of the new initiatives, but wanted to give an update as to how RPD is paying attention to issues around Richmond, and in particular, in the parks where so many of us go as a form of recreation, gather with friends and family, etc.
Lieutenant Timothy Wyatt of the 1st Precinctis responsible for Belle Island is fine with any posting of this information. He also would be happy to speak on the subject at any meetings that may arise from such topics.
Side Note: About 3 weeks back, Lisa and I were hiking through Forest Hill Park and came across 3 RDP uniformed officers on some Kawasaki duel-sport bikes; they appeared to be practicing maneuvers, etc.
And we have also noticed patrol cars cruising through Forest Hill Park, so some one in Richmond is paying attention.