Tagged Faith Community

Police Credit Faith Community For Helping to Reduce Violence

By Chief Chris Magnus
Richmond Police Department

Left to right: Chief Chris Magnus, Deputy Chief Allwyn Brown, Mrs. Sabrina Saunders, Community Organizer and Captain Mark Gagan. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

On Saturday, February 19th, I had the privilege of meeting with close to 50 leaders from Richmond’s faith community at the Richmond Police Department.  A diverse group of clergy, faith-based community organizations, community organizers, and civic leaders was assembled to discuss some of the many activities and projects underway to reduce violence in our city.
This meeting was an opportunity for those in attendance to hear about various faith-based endeavors and City government initiatives related to crime and violence reduction.  Violent crime was down 10% last year in Richmond and is down 30% so far this year.   Based on these successes, I felt now was the time to redouble our efforts towards partnering with the faith-based community.
I spoke to the group about the Police Department’s COMPSTAT program, which uses daily crime data to track where and what kind of crime is taking place in the City.  COMPSTAT allows us to focus on specific crime trends and locations that merit extra attention or resources.  To best use COMPSTAT data, the Department assigns a Captain, several other command staff, and a group of officers to each of the City’s three geographic districts (North, Central, and South).  These personnel are responsible for using this data to problem-solve with residents and provide the best possible Read more

First Ladies Help Build Families, Membership and Pastoral Support

By Antoinette Porter

From left to right: First Lady Dr. Rosa James, First Lady Diane Redic and First Lady Gloria Ashley. Photos by Joe L. Fisher and Adam L. Turner.

Last Week the Post began a series honoring the First ladies of more than 1,000 African American houses of worship around the Bay Area.
Meeting with First Lady Gloria Ashley and Pastor Larry Ashley was a rewarding experience.  I found First Lady Ashley was recovering from foot surgery and stated “this too shall pass.  I am looking forward to getting busy again and if you Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” She also stated “it’s an honor to be recognized by the Post Newspaper, God does all things well”.   March 25th Pastor Larry Ashley will celebrate 21 years of service to the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church family.  Pastor Ashley just returned from a 12 days trip in Israel with 17 other pastors from the western part of the United States.  He stated “it was quite rewarding and best time he had”
First Lady Dr. Rosa James of Beth Eden Baptist Church said she thinks the series on First Ladies will be helpful. “I think the paper’s focus on First Ladies is very creative, it shows respect and regard for the church and community.  Read more