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Richland Police Chief Resigns - 01/25/22

Richland Police Chief, John Bruce, submitted his letter of resignation today to City Manager, Jon Amundson. Bruce’s last day at the City of Richland, WA, will be Friday, January 28, 2022.

Bruce was hired as Richland’s Police Chief in June of 2019. He came to Richland from Frisco, Texas, where he worked his way through the ranks for over 33 years. He was named Police Chief of Frisco in January 2013. Bruce was hired at Richland by former City Manager, Cindy Reents after an extensive nationwide recruitment effort.

Bruce played an integral role in helping the City navigate through the community’s COVID-19 response efforts. He also implemented key organizational structure changes among command staff and assisted with updating departmental policies stemming from recent legislative amendments.

“We thank Chief Bruce for the leadership and goodwill he brought to our community. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. We have appreciated his commitment to national public safety standards,” states Richland Mayor Michael Alvarez.

Amundson has appointed Richland Deputy Police Chief, Brigit Clary, to immediately assume the duties of Interim Police Chief effective January 28, 2022. Plans to launch a recruitment effort will be messaged in the coming months. 

Amundson states, “I am grateful for Chief Bruce’s service to our organization and am especially appreciative of the role he has played in helping us respond to COVID-19. I am confident in Deputy Chief, Clary’s ability to guide the department through the next chapter. The Richland Police Department is committed to trying new approaches to law enforcement. I know our staff looks forward to identifying strategies to not only maintain the safety of our community but increase engagement with citizens.” 

No further details will be released at this time.

More information regarding the City of Richland can be found at www.ci.richland.wa.us

Richland Public Library Seeks Public Involvement - 01/19/22

The library is embarking on a strategic planning process to set priorities for the next decade and we need your help! Join in person or virtually to provide your ideas on the future needs of the library. 

Title: Richland Public Library – Brainstorming Our Future Together

  • January 20, 7:00 p.m., Gallery Room, 955 Northgate Drive.

 To enter the library you must::

  • Please wear a mask in the library, whether you are vaccinated or not.
  • Please maintain social distancing.

 

  • January 27, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Session via Zoom. 

More information is available at www.myrichlandlibrary.org

City of Richland Body Worn Camera Implementation - 01/14/22

During the last legislative session, the Washington State Legislature enacted the Uniform Electronic Recordation of Custodial Interrogations Act (RCW 10.122.030(1). The act requires Law Enforcement officers to record custodial interrogations of juveniles and custodial interrogations related to a felony. This law went into effect on January 1, 2022.  It is important to note that while Body Worn Cameras (BWC) are the easiest way to comply with the new law, the law does not mandate Law Enforcement agencies to operate using Body Worn Cameras. 

Prior to the implementation of this law, the Richland Police Department (RPD) was in the process of obtaining funding for a complete video recording system consisting of Body Worn Cameras, and In Car Video (ICV), both of which are paired to our Taser and pistol holsters.  We were fortunate to receive the funding with the support of the City of Richland and the City Council late last year. 

In late 2021, we received our Body Worn Cameras and began training our officers regarding their use.  By the end of next week, our program will be up and running with each officer using a Body Worn Camera. 

In the coming weeks, we will be implementing the In Car Video system to complete the package. There are many moving parts to this project and it truly is a team effort. RPD department trainers and professional staff have been working tirelessly, as have our partners at the City of Richland. 

The video linked below, created by Axon, demonstrates the camera system that we have adopted and will be in place after the implementation of ICV. The video was filmed by Axon using actors and is meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the entire Axon BWC and Fleet camera system. It is not meant to demonstrate patrol or tactical techniques.

The Richland Police Department is committed to earning the public’s trust every day, with every interaction, and at every call for service. We are humbled by and appreciative of the relationship we enjoy with our community. The implementation of our BWC/ICV program is yet another piece to add to that trust and will assist us in our goal of making our community safer.

https://vimeo.com/180906946?fbclid=IwAR3PGyXzi491Dc8rPaW67797_GEDkm4vx-QHmvTRfFoG0WzUWv_eIdb9ShQ

Richland Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem and Swears in New Councilmembers - 01/04/22

At the January 4, 2022, City Council meeting, Richland City Clerk, Jennifer Rogers officially swore in recently re-elected councilmembers Ryan Lukson, Michael Alvarez, and Sandra Kent, as well as newly elected members, Theresa Richardson and Jhoanna Jones. Following the swearing-in, the Richland City Council selected two councilmembers to act as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term. Councilmember Michael Alvarez was selected to serve as Mayor after obtaining four votes out of the seven from councilmembers. Councilmember Terry Christensen was selected as Mayor Pro Tem.

The new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem immediately accepted their new roles. Mayor Alvarez was first elected to the Council in 2017 and was recently re-elected to a four-year term.

Mayor Pro Tem Christensen has served as a councilmember since 2011 and is currently serving a four-year term. He has served as Mayor Pro Tem two other times, in 2016 and 2018.

Richland City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. All municipal meeting agendas can be viewed by visiting www.ci.richland.wa.us/agendas.