Richmond VA > Police > Public Affairs

Last Updated: 2009-10-17

Mission: 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 and YouTube pages
  • Oversee the Department's Web site and update it daily with fresh content, photos, video and upcoming event information
  • Publish the weekly, 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 Quarterly Awards Ceremony and the Officer and Sergeant of the Quarter program
  • Handle customer service inquiries and requests for calls for service and crime information

Mr. Gene Lepley - Director

Mr. Gene Lepley

Mr. James Mercante

Mr. James Mercante

Ms. Chelsea Rarrick

Ms. Chelsea Rarrick

Ms. Amy Vu

Ms. Amy Vu


Contact Information:

Richmond Police Dept.
City of Richmond
Emergency: 911 - Call if you can, text if you can’t
Non-Emergency or to file a Police Report: (804) 646-5100
Quick FAQS
email or call (804) 646-6842
Do not use this email to report a crime.

To report a crime, call the Department of Emergency Communications at 804 646-5100.

If it is an emergency, call 911 - Call if you can, text if you can’t.
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