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No Jurisdiction, No Problem: Local Police Make Up Their Own Rules

The Richmond Public Housing Police Department’s web page claimed that "the department provides city-wide law enforcement authority which enables officers to make arrests on and off RRHA property."

But who granted the public housing police, authority to make arrests off public housing property? An investigation by WRIC-Richmond discovered the answer to that is - no one.

Every police department is supposed to have its jurisdiction spelled out and filed in an official court document. But the court has no record of any kind regarding RRHA and its officers' jurisdiction.

The Richmond Commonwealth Attorney's office is looking into this situation and has written a letter to RRHA telling them to preserve all their arrest records.

Check out the full story from WRIC here.

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