Regional Cooperation: Safe and Secure

Animal Protection Police Services
The Henrico Police Division’s Animal Protection Unit works with the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Metro Richmond Pet Savers programs to promote the adoption of companion animals.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond, the Virginia Air National Guard and the Richmond Airport Authority participate in CPAT, an entry-level, candidate-testing tool to assess agility needed to complete critical firefighting tasks effectively and safely.

Capital Region Communications Steering Committee (CRCSC)
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond have been cooperating for more than 25 years to provide a fully integrated land mobile radio system for local public safety agencies. The CRCSC meets monthly to discuss the radio system, review and develop policy and discuss future enhancements. The region, with Colonial Heights and Richmond International Airport, is now replacing the system with the most modern technology available. The cost of the new system is more than $114 million and expected to be completed in July 2021.

Capital Region Crime Prevention Education
Law enforcement representatives from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Prince George and Richmond, meet quarterly to discuss crime trends and prevention strategies.

Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team (CVAHIMT)
Henrico participates in the CVAHIMT, a regional response resource for managing emergency incidents and special events. The team is made up of members from across the 20 Central Virginia Urban Areas Security Initiative locality participants and is available to provide a trained team to support and assist in the management of natural and manmade disasters, emergencies, planned events or acts of terrorism. The team is also available to provide incident specific positions to the emergency operations centers throughout the region, highlighting integration and interoperability across jurisdictional boundaries.

Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance (CVEMA)
CVEMA provides a forum for local emergency managers, public safety officials, federal, state, regional, private sector, higher education and nonprofit partners to collaborate, coordinate and enhance emergency preparedness and resilience in central Virginia.

Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition
Regional groups work with hospitals, health care providers, local governments, health departments and public safety agencies to coordinate plans and responses to mass-casualty events.

Central Virginia Large Event Medical Response System
The system provides emergency medical services (EMS)to people attending large sporting or cultural events, such as NASCAR racing at Richmond Raceway and participation in the Martin’s Tour of Richmond. Participants include paid and volunteer EMS personnel throughout Virginia.

Central Virginia Public Safety Media Council
Public information officers from law enforcement, fire and related public agencies in the area meet quarterly to discuss public safety-related media issues of mutual concern.

Chamber RVA, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Asian Chamber of Commerce
Henrico police is involved with other law enforcement entities in the greater Richmond area in crime reduction and prevention efforts.

Chesterfield Jail Inmate Sharing
The Henrico Sheriff’s Office signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office allowing 50 female inmates from Henrico to be housed in the Chesterfield jail.

Citizen Corps Programming
Henrico coordinates various Citizen Corps courses and opportunities with other central Virginia localities, including Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Richmond, to help ensure residents are better prepared for emergencies and to insure localities efficiently and effectively maximize volunteer resources during emergencies.

Community Support Services
Area law enforcement agencies participate in many community relations and crime prevention programs, such as National Night Out Against Crime, the Metro Coalition Against Drugs, Neighborhood Watch, Police Apartment Managers Coalition, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together and the Henrico Police Faith Coalition.

Computerized Warrant Information Sharing
Henrico and Richmond police share computerized warrant files to enhance regional law enforcement efforts.

Cooperative Housing of Inmates/Juvenile Offenders
The Henrico Juvenile Detention Home provides bed space to Chesterfield, Richmond and to jurisdictions outside of central Virginia. Chesterfield provides the same service to Henrico, when necessary.

Cooperative Jailing of Offenders
Goochland, Henrico and New Kent have an agreement for the cooperative jailing of offenders in the Henrico Regional Jail.

Crisis Intervention Team Training
Crisis intervention training for first responders has been offered by Henrico to surrounding jurisdictions and university police departments.

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
DMV representatives help inmates obtain an official Virginia identification to help them as they are released and return to employment.

Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force
The Chesterfield, Henrico, Petersburg and Richmond police departments, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration share resources to prevent drug trafficking in the area.

Emergency Management Policy and Grants
Henrico shares emergency planning and grant writing information across the region, specifically with Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and Richmond, to ensure plans are cohesive and consistent with other localities.

EMS Training
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond cooperate in joint training of new firefighters and emergency service personnel. Regional emergency medical expositions, continuing education courses and partnerships with medical facilities in the region produce economical and efficient training for the region’s first responders.

Enhanced 911
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond collaborate on issues that arise with the rapidly evolving technologies and practices of 911. The Henrico Emergency Communications Center and the Richmond Department of Emergency Communications have entered into agreement to support each other during periods of equipment service or failure to ensure uninterrupted service to the public.

Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) Regional Team
Henrico and Richmond police departments jointly train and use their EOD technicians and equipment during calls for service. Together, this joint EOD team is comparable to FBI regional EOD teams.

Gang Task Force
The regional jurisdictions, primarily Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond, share gang-related incidents and data.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
This program, coordinated through the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, works with state and local emergency management officials in Planning District 15, which consists of Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond, to identify and mitigate hazards related to natural occurrences.

Hazardous Material Response
Henrico’s Hazardous Incident Team is part of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Regional Hazardous Materials Program. The team assists other localities with hazardous material releases that require more resources than a single jurisdiction may have available. The Henrico team supports 24 localities and 11,000 square miles in central Virginia. The team regularly trains with other local hazmat teams and National Guard resources.

Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Project
Jurisdictions throughout the area combine their efforts to combat stolen vehicles through the HEAT program which is administered by Virginia State Police.

Henrico Community Criminal Justice Board
With financial support from the private sector, the Henrico Community Criminal Justice Board in cooperation with Henrico Community Partners, Inc. developed award-winning prevention videos on shoplifting, substance abuse, teen dating violence and speeding. The videos were distributed to middle and high schools in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond and are also available for school and individual purchase through the Youth Intervention Programs Association.

Henrico County Local Emergency Planning Commission
The commission shares information about hazardous materials preparedness and response as well as other preparedness issues.

Henrico Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections Prerelease Program
Henrico and the Virginia Department of Corrections have established a prerelease program that allows inmates from Goochland, Henrico, or New Kent to be released from the jail in the community where they plan to live. Inmates must attend the first two phases of the Recovery in a Secure Environment program. Once that program is completed, inmates approved for work release are transferred to the alternative sentencing program and allowed to participate in work release.

Henrico Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP)
The Henrico Sheriff’s Office works with VASAP to provide the required training individuals need to obtain their driver’s license after it has been suspended.

Henrico Sheriff’s Office Partnership with the Denver Colorado Sheriff’s Office
The Henrico Sheriff’s Office assisted the Denver Sheriff’s Office in the establishment of the Recovery in a Secure Environment program in the Denver city jail. The Henrico Sheriff’s Office shares information with Denver to enhance both programs.

Inmate Labor Sharing
The Henrico Sheriff’s Office provides inmate labor to New Kent for trash and debris removal along highways. New Kent covers the cost of a Henrico deputy sheriff to supervise the work crew.

Internet Crimes Against Children
In agreement with the Bedford Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, a criminal investigations section detective is assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Internship Program with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Virginia Union University (VUU) and the Henrico Sheriff’s Office
The Sheriff’s Office has established an intern program with VCU and VUU. Students attend the Henrico Sheriff’s Office Academy during the summer and receive college credits. After completing the academy, students are sworn in as deputies and are able to work part time in the jail, filling shifts that otherwise would require overtime payments.

James River Juvenile Detention Commission
This commission, with representatives from Goochland, Henrico and Powhatan, operates a60-bed regional juvenile detention facility in Powhatan. The five-member commission, formed in 1996, is comprised of three county administrators, one from each county, one Henrico deputy county administrator and one commonwealth’s attorney. The commission established the James River Juvenile Detention Center to accommodate the growing juvenile detention population associated with increases in overall population and the number of arrests for serious and violent juvenile offenses. The facility’s mission is to enhance community safety by maintaining a secure detention facility, furnishing quality care for resident youths and providing residents with rehabilitative services that assist in their social development.

Joint Border Patrols
Henrico patrol officers frequently conduct joint patrols with Richmond police officers in areas of the county that adjoin the city. These patrols contribute to better communication about crime trends and demonstrate to the public that the agencies are working together for the mutual benefit of the community.

Joint Investigations
Area jurisdictions work together on undercover police operations to combat crimes involving narcotics, homicides and other street crimes. This is especially helpful when the crimes cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Joint Tactical Operations Training
Police from Henrico, Richmond and Richmond International Airport, troopers from the Virginia Capitol Police and Virginia State Police and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and Secret Service train and respond together on tactical, hostage, K9, explosive ordnance disposal and SWAT situations. These entities also respond together to dignitary visits to the region, holiday patrols, school shootings, felony arrest incidents and other circumstances that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Henrico Police Division has an officer permanently assigned to the FBI’s Richmond Regional Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Joint Uniform Task Force Operations (License, Equipment, Sobriety and Speed)
Police officers from Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and the University of Richmond, deputies from Goochland, Hanover and New Kent, and troopers from Virginia State Police engage in joint operator licensing, vehicle equipment, DUI and/or speed checks.

Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreements
The Henrico Police Division has entered into agreement with law enforcement agencies in Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and Richmond to provide law enforcement assistance during emergencies.

Marine Patrol
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond police departments work together on water safety and rescue in the James River. The Henrico Police Division’s Marine Patrol cooperates with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Jurisdictions within a 60-mile radius of Henrico contribute personnel to this air ambulance service owned by the Virginia State Police.

Mental Health Emergency Services
Emergency Services program directors from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond meet quarterly to resolve interjurisdictional matters, such as temporary detention orders and other crisis issues. The regional community services boards have developed a regional disaster-response agreement that assures coordination and mutual aid. The community services boards also have cooperative agreements to represent each other at commitment hearings.

Metro Aviation Unit
Aerial police flight crews provide undercover and patrol surveillance for Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond.

Metro Fire Chiefs Association
Representatives from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg, Richmond, the National Guard and Defense Supply Center Richmond meet regularly to discuss and resolve fire and emergency medical services issues.

Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers
Law enforcement agencies from Caroline, Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Richmond participate in the Crime Stoppers program, which encourages the public to share information about crimes and can be eligible for a reward.

Metro Richmond Emergency Planning Group
Regional emergency managers meet to plan and coordinate emergency preparedness for hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks and the operation of emergency operation centers. Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George and Richmond participate with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, area hospitals, the FBI and Environmental Protection Agency.

Metro Richmond Fire Investigation Team
The team provides a structured framework and resources to investigate large or suspicious fires. Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg, Prince George, Richmond, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives share equipment and personnel.

Metro Richmond Identity Theft Task Force
A cooperative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the area to combat the growing problem of financial fraud and identity theft crimes.

Metro Richmond Regional Crime Analysis Committee
Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond police departments work together to identify crime patterns, trends and suspects.

Metro Street Crimes Unit
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond police departments and Hanover Sheriff’s Office meet monthly to share information on robberies and other street crimes in the area.

Multijurisdictional Grand Jury
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond police departments work together to conduct multijurisdictional investigations and form a special grand jury to evaluate major drug trafficking cases in the area.

Precious Metals, Thefts and Control Group
Area jurisdictions have adopted parallel ordinances and conduct joint investigations in cooperation with commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices from participating localities.

Proactive Approach to Community Opioid Crisis
The Henrico Sheriff’s Office staff and inmates support community activities in New Kent aimed at highlighting the opioid problem. New Kent Middle School students tour Henrico’s jails.

Region 1 Emergency Management Planning Group
Coordinated through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Henrico participates in planning relative to central Virginia to help coordinate emergency preparedness for hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks and the operations of local emergency operations centers. This includes localities throughout central Virginia extending from Amelia to King and Queen and Hanover to Emporia.

Regional Intelligence Sharing Group
Members of the Henrico Police Division’s Crime Analysis and Strategic Evaluation Unit meet monthly with surrounding law enforcement agencies to discuss crime trends.

Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)
ROCIC is an organization comprised of law enforcement agencies throughout the southeastern and southwestern United States. Sharing of crime data is central to the ROCIC efforts, especially with multijurisdictional criminal activities.

Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability (Richmond Area)
The Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Coordinator’s Office established interoperability subcommittees of the Regional Preparedness Advisory Committees for Interoperability, referred to as RPAC-Is. A representative from Henrico attends the RPAC-I meetings.

Richmond Area Microwave Interoperability System (RAMIS)
RAMIS is a high-speed network that connects the member jurisdictions of the Richmond Regional Planning District. It provides a live video stream from the Metro Aviation Unit aircraft. Video teleconferences, data collaborations and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone connections between emergency operation centers reduce costs by eliminating some leased lines and improve reliability over the remaining leased lines.

Richmond Metro Burglary Investigators
Investigators from various localities discuss burglary and robbery cases and suspects.

Richmond Metro EMS Council
This regional association of emergency medical services agencies discuss regional issues, patient care protocols and grant funding. This includes Planning District 15, specifically Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond.

Richmond Metro Hostage Negotiation Training
The Hanover, Henrico and Richmond police departments meet to discuss common trends and to arrange for cooperative training programs in dealing with hostage situations.

Richmond Metropolitan Medical Response System
Henrico participates in this regional planning group to coordinate efforts of prehospital providers, hospitals and public health department personnel to coordinate plans and responses to mass-casualty events from natural causes or from acts of terrorism. This includes coordinating planning by Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Richmond, and the Virginia Department of Health as well as incorporating planning by 17 hospitals in central Virginia.

Richmond Metropolitan Urban Areas Security Iniative (UASI) Program
Henrico, with Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Richmond, organized a work group and subcommittee to develop a program to improve the regional response to emergency situations using a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.

Search and Rescue Team
The Henrico Search and Rescue Team provides water rescue, marine patrol and ground search services throughout the region. The team regularly responds with Chesterfield and Richmond teams. The Henrico team responds and trains with the United States Coast Guard’s Hampton sector.

Shared Training (Emergency Management)
Henrico participates in regional emergency management training. This includes numerous multiagency and multijurisdictional tabletop exercises and full-scale operational drills intended to improve emergency response and recovery capabilities across the region.

Shared Training (Fire)
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond, Richmond International Airport, and the National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package share training facilities and resources. Area fire training officers hold quarterly meetings.

Sovereign Citizen Workgroup
Representatives of area law enforcement agencies meet to discuss the emerging problem of sovereign citizens.

Technical Rescue
One of seven divisions in Virginia, the Division 1 Team, which includes Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond, provides specialized emergency response services, including trench, confined space, vehicle, rope, farm machinery and structural collapse rescues.

Violent Crime Analyst Network
Law enforcement agencies in the area provide training and share information with crime and intelligence analysts throughout Virginia.

Violent Crime Task Force
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond police departments, Virginia State Police, the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives work together to apprehend violent career criminals.

Written Mutual Aid Agreements
Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent, Richmond International Airport and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Hazardous Incident Team are on call to provide backup service and assistance to neighboring jurisdictions. Services include fire protection, hazardous materials incidents, ground search and rescue, heavy technical rescue and emergency medical services. Henrico also participates in a statewide mutual aid agreement through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

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