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Looking for an exciting career with RPD?  Use the following phone number and email to connect with our Recruitment Unit.

Phone (804) 646-6733



City of Richmond Police Department


Submit a Commendation or Complaint


Phone Numbers:

Emergency: 911
Call if you can, text if you can’t

Non-Emergency or to file a Police Report:
(804) 646-5100


FOIA Requests
Phone: (804) 646-5147


Media Relations
Police Media Relations
Phone: (804) 646-0607


200 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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Public Affairs


The Public Affairs Unit fosters communications between the Richmond Police Department, its employees, the community, and the media by providing accurate information about the Department and its community policing effort. We provide accurate and timely information - both internally and externally - about the operations and personnel of the Richmond Police Department.


What We Do

  • Respond to media requests. Pitch story ideas to the media and arrange for interviews
  • Provide the media and the community with a daily crime report of significant activity
  • Remain on-call to respond to critical incidents, including homicides, traffic fatalities, and hostage/barricade situations
  • Prepare and distribute news releases and email advisories
  • Take pictures and produce videos for internal and external communications
  • Oversee the Department's social media, including the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages
  • Oversee the department's website and update it daily with fresh content, photos, video and upcoming event information
  • Publish the internal electronic newsletter the "Blue Line Times"
  • Provide instruction in the areas of media relations, marketing, leadership, public speaking, and Freedom of Information
  • Develop marketing campaigns
  • Oversee and coordinate special events, including the Police Memorial Service, and award recognition programs such as the Annual Awards Ceremony and the Officer and Sergeant of the Quarter program
  • Handle customer service inquiries and requests for calls for service and crime information

 James Mercante - Assistant Director Chelsea Taylor - PIO Phon Hoonsan - PIO

       James Mercante                             Chelsea Taylor                         Phon Hoonsan

         Acting Director                      Public Information Officer         Public Information Officer


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