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Open Talk: A Conversation with Chief Alfred Durham and Lynetta Thompson

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When Mayor Dwight Jones introduced Durham as his choice to be the city’s top officer two weeks ago, he made it clear that he wasn’t looking for radical change in the department, which has seen a steady decline in violent and property crimes during the past 10 years.   Jones attributes that drop to two things: community policing and Rodney Monroe, who served as chief from 2005 to 2007 and implemented the strategy during the city’s high murder rate years.   Durham, like his immediate predecessor, Ray Tarasovic, was one of Monroe’s co-workers and protégés from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and later in Richmond.  

He's joined in this conversation by Lynetta Thompson, president of the Richmond branch of the NAACP Lynetta is a Richmond native, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as her associate’s degree in paralegal studies from University of Richmond.   She has an excitement for young people, formally serving as the Co -Youth Advisor for the NAACP Virginia State Conference. In this role she guides the endeavors of youth from around the state to address issues that directly impact young people of Virginia. She possesses a passion to bring out the best in every person, no matter their background or experiences.

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