RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – At a information convention Thursday morning, the Richmond Coalition of Police introduced the outcomes of a latest ballot of its members detailing their dissatisfaction with Police Chief Gerald Smith.

Of the 328 RCOP members, 261 took half within the survey. According to the RCOP, the outcomes counsel that its base members have misplaced confidence in Smith’s capability to run the division successfully.

Of the 261 officers surveyed, 96% stated that they had misplaced confidence in Smith’s capability to run the Richmond Police Department, 99% stated that they had not seen any enchancment in morale since Smith was taken over, 89% stated that they really feel unappreciated by Smith, and 82% stated they strongly thought of leaving the division earlier than retirement.

The coalition then formally requested Smith to resign instantly in order that his successor “can proceed with the enterprise of returning RPD to its former glory”.

RCOP urges Chief Administrative Officer Lincoln Saunders and Mayor Levar Stoney to take away Smith if he refuses to resign. RCOP additionally says it’s at the moment working with town on a complete wage plan.

This survey was the most recent of three RCOP carried out in 2021. According to RCOP, Chief Smith didn’t do effectively with both of the primary two.


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