Enhanced public safety measures during Chauvin trial

March 4, 2021

Jay Henthorne, Chief of Police
Richfield Police Department
6700 Portland Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 861-9828

Community Members,

On March 8, 2021, the criminal trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to begin in Minneapolis. The trial will bring world-wide attention to Minneapolis and the proceedings could prompt civil unrest throughout the Twin Cities. Due to Richfield’s proximity to Minneapolis, many community members have voiced their concerns regarding possible unlawful activity that could negatively impact our city.  

The Richfield Police Department is dedicated and prepared to maintain safety within the city. The department has created extensive plans with other city departments, surrounding police agencies, and other county/state partners to preserve and protect lawful, non-violent protests and demonstrations within Richfield; provide rapid deployment of police personnel to preserve life, public safety, and property; and provide enhanced security of critical infrastructure. Our department will significantly increase patrol operations with a highly-visible law enforcement presence throughout the city, work closely with local businesses on crime prevention, and provide additional protection of utilities, city buildings, and other essential services.  

Our department and its officers are committed to keeping Richfield safe, but we need your help. Residents are our partners in public safety and first response. Please remain vigilant, keep your porch lights on, and call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

Stay safe and take care of one another,
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Jay Henthorne
Chief of Police