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Last Updated: 2009-10-13

Chief of Police Ray J. Tarasovic

A Message from the Chief of Police

As Chief of the Richmond Police Department, I want to welcome you to our website. Please take a few minutes to learn more about our agency, programs, staff, and the latest news. Whether you are just curious about the agency, or looking for specific facts or details, I think you will find a great deal of valuable information here. You will also find it complements our other online activities, such as our Facebook page, Twitter page and Pinterest page. Our website and these other social media avenues are critical in the achievement of our mission – to make Richmond a safer city through community policing and engagement. Collectively, they allow us to not only share information with the citizens and community partners but also receive information and feedback in a timely manner that enables us to do our jobs better and keep Richmond safe.

We place the utmost importance on our ongoing partnerships with the people we serve. Through programs like the Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners, Police Athletic League, the RPD Faith Leaders Partnership, our citizen theme academies, Neighborhood Watches, Business Watches, and a myriad of programs both in and out of the schools working with Richmond youths, we constantly strive to be in touch and engaged with the community and work together to solve problems.

As I have said so many times, I am delighted and humbled to be the Police Chief in Richmond. To be given an opportunity to serve this beautiful, fun and vibrant city is a chance of a lifetime. Leading an agency of dedicated professionals who recognize their calling and pursue it with a passion is extremely rewarding. The agency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) – the Gold Standard for law enforcement accreditation – a testament to the emphasis that we place on our six core values: Community-Focus, Accountability, Professionalism, Innovation, Shared Trust, and Integrity.

The information provided to you on this website is just one of the many ways we reach out to the public. But please remember, the web and our social media sites provide two-way communication. We want to hear from you, and we hope you will continue to use them to let us know what is on your mind.

In closing, I would like to thank our Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City Council, and Chief Administrative Officer Byron C. Marshall for their continued support of our efforts and emphasis on public safety. Along with their support, our continued engagement with the citizens and other stakeholders, and the ongoing hard work and dedication of our employees – I have no doubt that we will always significantly contribute toward helping to “Build the Best Richmond.”

We look forward to continue serving you with Excellence, Integrity and Justice!

Chief Ray J. Tarasovic

News Release
Mayor Jones Announces Appointment of New Chief of Police

RICHMOND, VA. – Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Ray J. Tarasovic as Chief of Police:

“Today I am announcing the appointment of Ray J. Tarasovic as Police Chief. Effective tomorrow, this appointment places a new chief in charge who already knows our city; having previously served as Assistant Chief of Police in Richmond under former Chief Rodney Monroe. He has made Richmond his home since coming here to serve on the force in 2005. He is coming out of retirement to be in service to the City again.

“Chief Tarasovic will bring a degree of professional leadership and knowledge that we need to move forward as our city grows and as we work to meet the challenges ahead.

“He is a veteran officer who is highly qualified with a career in law enforcement spanning forty-one years. He possesses over 30 years of management and executive experience in the states of North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Most recently he has been working in a consulting capacity with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of the State Secretary of Public Safety, Marla Decker.

“During the years that Ray was Assistant Chief of Police here in Richmond, we experienced a 34% reduction in major crime and a 43% reduction in homicides; and I’m really looking for some strict attention to be paid to our homicide rate. Presently, we’ve got some work to do where our crime statistics are concerned; certainly we want to keep trending in a positive direction in those areas where we are doing well, and we want to improve in those areas that may have done a little back sliding.

“I believe our community policing model has worked well over the last several years. This is a model that was first introduced to our city by former Police Chief Monroe; and we want to continue the good work being done with the faith community and with the young adult police commissioners -- both aspects of our community policing program – and others.

“Overall, I believe that with Ray joining our team, our public safety efforts will be strengthened and improved upon going forward. I also believe his leadership will bode well for the development of the talent that exists in the police department presently.”

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